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Take in the African plains at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve at the heat of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.  Lion Sands is a unique private game reserve rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. The Sabie River forms a natural boundary between its two sides,

Location: South Africa
Nearest Airport: Skukuza Airport
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Accommodation Insight

Lion Sands Game Reserve lodge accommodations and capacities


  • Ivory Lodge: 8 Villas, including 1 Family Villa, for 20 guests

  • River Lodge: 18 Rooms/Suites, for 40 guests

  • Tinga Lodge: 9 Suites and 1 Family Villa, for 24 guests

  • Narina Lodge: 9 Suites, for 18 guests 


These million-star accommodations – Chalkley and Kingston (Sabi Sand), Tinyeleti (Kruger Park) – are the ultimate bush bedrooms where romantics, adventurers and solitude seekers alike can discover the magic of an African night in the open. Guests arrive at sunset to a picnic dinner, spend the dusk hours watching animals wander past (at a safe distance), and fall asleep counting shooting stars. Guests can rest assured that a field guide is always on call via radio should they feel they need assistance. 

Ivory Lodge

On the Sabi Sand side, the contemporary-style lodge is built of concrete, timber, glass and steel to meld into the landscape. Its eight single-bedroom Villas and one double-bedroom family Fish Eagle Villa offer unparalleled luxury in peaceful refuge. Each has a private lounge, plunge pool and viewing deck, while Fish Eagle Villa also incorporates a private spa and gym.


River Lodge

On the Sabi Sand side, the lodge has a feel of lived-in luxury and guests are invited to make themselves at home. It comprises 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms, and 4 private River Suites further away from the main lodge and with their own private plunge pools. Two shared pools are located at each end of the lodge.     


Tinga Lodge

On the Kruger Park side, the lodge is a contemporary take on the colonial-style homestead. It captures the romance of the pioneer days, but offers considerable more luxury in its bold and sophisticated spaces. Its nine Suites and self-contained two-bedroom Hi'Nkweni Villa occupy private spots along the riverbank. Each has a deck and pool, in addition to the main lodge.


Narina Lodge

On the Kruger Park side, the lodge, perched on stilts amongst a canopy of 100-year-old trees, reflects its surrounds with organic chic décor, creating an air of relaxation. The main lodge connects via raised wooden walkways to 9 separate Suites, each built to take advantage of the serene river views from its pool, deck, as well as bed and bath. 

Lion Sands Game Reserve

Lion Sands is a unique private game reserve rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. The Sabie River forms a natural boundary between its two sides, and our four waterside lodges provide the ultimate luxury safari bases. Ivory Lodge and River Lodge are located on the Sabi side, and over on Kruger are Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge. The animals roam freely between them, and no matter which side guests choose to stay on, they will have exceptional game-viewing opportunities.

Lion Sands is for the adventurous at heart.

Close encounters with Africa’s prized Big Five (including the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) will have the heart pumping and adrenalin coursing.

  • Game Drives are conducted twice a day, in the company of expert Field Guides and Trackers. Vehicles move off road through rough and unchartered terrain, tracking the many animals of the bush.

  • Walking Safaris are the perfect way to forge a one-on-one connection with Africa. Here you get a glimpse of what it must have been like a century ago, when pioneers and hunters made their way through The Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand in search of big game, and to find a suitable piece of land on which to build their families and fortunes.

  • Why not spend a night under the stars in one of our Treehouses? This magical experience will immerse you in a natural world teeming with animal life, all on your own. The Milky Way is an extraordinary ceiling, and you may well lose count of the shooting stars.


  • Go on a bush walk

  • Take a trip to Hippo Pools

  • Take a helicopter flip over the Blyde River Canyon

  • Sip on a glass of bubbles, while watching the sunset

  • See how many animals and insects you can identify on a walk around the lodge

  • Learn and use five Shangaan words

  • Swap stories around the boma fire 

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