Lion Sands Sabi Sand
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
Our first safari experience more than exceeded our expectations for our magical 25 wedding anniversary.
Typically when viewing a destination on a website, the best is shown, with nothing left to offer on arrival. That cannot be said of Lion Sands who provide enough representation as to what to expect, but on arrival and during the stay, the “WOW!” does not stop in all ways (accommodation, all members of the team and overall experiences). In all that, there was a safari to be had - all our game drives where extraordinary (special mentions here to Raymond and Evans for their knowledge, humour and passion (and for ensuring no harm came to us:) for each of the 7 drives we went on). We should also mention the the young porters and their flashlights, Derrek the Butler (and his infectious laugh) and to all the house staff who made the experience just perfect, thank you.
We spent 3 days at Lion Sands, and it is an amazing place - a bit of luxurious civilization set in the midst of a wllderness game reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. There is a central lodge area, with large restaurant looking out over the river - common to see elephants, or giraffes, or just about anything while you eat. the rooms are small individual buildings extending out along wooden paths in two directions from the lodge, all with patios overlooking the river and beyond. One can sit on the patio and have impala, for example, walking by 5 feet away.
The rooms themselves are quite large and very comfortable, with good sized bathrooms, including free standing tubs and separarte showers. There is a small but well-equipped fitness center and a spa, as well. And, of course, the game drives are amazing. It is a civilized, comfortable, great way to experience African wildlife.
Beautiful place - superb staff - Food and dining locations great - camera help very much appreciated-great guides and trackers esp Monique-rooms huge - ours with private pool-wide diversity of animals - saw all except cheetah and wild dogs