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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 840 Reviews
Lion Sands in Kruger National Park
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very lovely unit in Lion Sands. The room is very safari like with a great balcony to watch elephants and other animals by the river. One night we had to wait to get to our room because some elephants decided to visit! The staff is friendly and our unit was serviced twice a day. Lots of good food, too.

Fabulous stay!
Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything and everyone at Lion Sands is top notch! The game viewing was also very enjoyable. This was our third stay at Lion Sands, and we loved it yet again.We stayed one night in the Kingston tree house and it was a fun and fantastic experience ..

Trip of a lifetime
Reviewed 1 week ago

Where do I start?? Lion Sands River Lodge is absolute luxury! From the moment we arrived to a fresh cool towel and welcome drink we felt truly welcomed even though this is luxury and sophistication at its best this lodge is very relaxed and welcoming. The food and service was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble - ask and you shall receive. The staff are all so friendly, it is obvious they love what they do. Our suite was nothing short of pure luxury (room 19) was furthest of the rooms and very private, huge double shower, outdoor shower, beautiful bathroom with views of the wildlife and river, very comfy bed and huge plunge pool which came in handy during the hot days (however there is a main pool also) and fully stocked minibar included every day. Our safari guide Morne and tracker Rector were amazing, so much knowledge and passion for what they do, we saw all the big 5 within the first day, wildlife was abundant,we saw everything we wanted to see plus more, a highlight was a walking safari, very different being on the ground rather than in the vehicle.and the sundowners every evening watching the African sunset was just breathtaking, I cant recommend Lion Sands River Lodge enough and there were so many other little touches that made our stay so memorable however I would like future travelers to have some surprises therefore I wont go into detail but be sure that your stay will be a memorable one for sure. I only hope I can return to Lion Sands River Lodge one day.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first experience with Safari. Exciting and made with extreme professionalism by trackers and rangers. The lodge is very beautiful and sits on the edge of a river. The four are excellent and a very good food and wine.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have recently returned from a once in a lifetime holiday my partners 60 th birthday.I did a lot of research before choosing Lion Sands & I am so glad I did as this place blew us away.
We stayed in the River suite with amazing views of the Sabie river & animals from your room.On arrival we were shown to out suite which in itself was stunning but within minutes of arrival a herd of elephants walked passed out balcony.It was a moment we will never forget.
The service & the food was excellent along with our guide & trackers Raymond & Abrahim who enabled us to see all big 5 & more.
We cannot thank Lion Sands enough for the making this special occasion & for the memories that will last a lifetime