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What We Love

  • Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best for Communing with Nature
  • Thrilling game drives in open-air safari vehicles with highly trained nature guides
  • Additional activities like village visits, bush walks, star gazing and clay pigeon shooting available for an extra fee
  • Covered viewing decks in all suites allow you to watch game from the comfort of your room
  • Game-viewing isn’t seasonal; you’ll have great sightings year-round

What To Know

  • Children under the age of 10 aren’t allowed at the property
  • Rates include three meals per day, alcoholic beverages, two daily game drives and safari activities
  • Gratuities, conservation fees and premium liquor are not included in the rate


  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Family owned, bush glam safari lodge perched on the Sabie River overlooking Kruger National Park

The Lowdown

Set on a private reserve within the 17,000-acre Sabi Sand conservation area, this lodge’s thatched villas hug the wild Sabie River overlooking Kruger National Park. This is the great outdoors at its greatest, but you’ll be far from roughing it with pillowy beds draped in romantic netting, freestanding soaking tubs, rainshowers and outdoor living areas (the better to view the elephants drinking in the river). There’s an airy minimalism to the decor, with clean-lined furniture in natural palettes of cream, moss and chocolate. Woven beds mimic thatch overhead, twigs frame mirrors and twist into chandeliers and whole walls open to let the outside in. At all meals—some served round a campfire under the stars, some by candlelight in the dining room, others out in the bush—house wines and beers are included. After a day of spotting the Big Five, kick back at one of two outdoor pools or treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage at the spa.

In the Area

This family-owned lodge goes back four generations—the current owners’ grandparents actually helped start the Sabi Sand conservation area back in 1948. It’s also the only lodge in the area that employs a full-time ecologist to monitor tourism’s impact on the environment. As such, you’ll have some of the best nature guides for your twice-daily game drives, when you can spot elephants, lions, leopards and more. And if you’re looking to stretch your legs, guides lead bush walks along Sabie River as well as educational lectures about the area. Book a village visit to learn about the day-to-day life of local people. If you want to splash out, add an extra night in a treehouse, open air rooms perched on stilts above the bush, where you’ll be treated to champagne, gourmet picnic dinners and a night spent under the stars.

How to Get There

Lion Sands Sabi Sand
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Kruger National Park, 1240 South Africa


5.0 Excellent 806 Reviews
Trip of a lifetime
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lion Sands Reserve River Lodge was all around a great experience. The accommodations were fantastic, staff was friendly and welcoming and the food was terrific. I would highly recommend this lodge for your safari going experience.

Top Rangers and Trackers Top Service Top Location
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best if not the best. Inside Kruger so you do not have to drive to the park. Our guide Franna and Surprise are fantastic talking about animals to birds to plants with passion. You can feel they really love what they are doing and sharing information. They have a spa. Just wish they had a gym.

This is the memory you will cherish forever
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once you see your first African sunset, you will be changed forever. Lion Sands is an amazing experience. The room is gorgeous and almost magical. The service is spectacular. The staff are warm and friendly. The produce and provided amenities are something you will crave forever. Thankfully you can order their products to take home! The choice of South African wine is outstanding. And the safaris... If you're going to come this far and tick this off your bucket list, Lion Sands is a perfect place to live the experience. I will never forget the scent of the South African bush and all of the animals up so close! First class experience.

Definitely a place I would return to stay again.
Extra note: It would be an amazing location for a wedding.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent customer service! Food was very good and they definitely feed you a lot and frequently 😊
Room was great-just kind of small but was nice and clean. Facility was remodeled due to a firea year ago and everything is brand new! I just wished the porch area was decorated a little bit better but I guess construction wasn't fully finished which was understandable.
The bar and lounge area are my favorite! Decorated very nicely and modern.
Overall our stay was wonderful! I would definitely recommend this place!

Best place, great people, unforgettable experience!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled together with the very experienced American, she has beed to different safaries 13 times, but Lion Sands was the best! The major asset is Joe van Zyl who showed to us many animals (including Big 5)! He is very knowledgeble, professionable. Highly recomend to choose this person - you will see many animals in a short period of time, very close to yourself and with great comments!