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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
This was my first safari and will not be my last. Everything about the experience was top notch including the food and accommodations. The staff were phenomenal. The trackers and guides were knowledgeable and ensured a very memorable experience.
We stayed at Lion Sands River Lodge for 3 nights in January. We CANNOT say enough amazing things about this place! It felt like out of a dream or an old Hollywood movie. Our room was incredible, Darren at the front desk was incredibly helpful. We ABSOLUTELY LOVED our guide Aidan and our tracker Eddy, we had an absolute blast with them and they were both so excited and passionate about their jobs and the wildlife. It was truly the most amazing and unique experience of our lives, we are already figuring out when we can come back!!! The food was also incredible as were the facilities. We had a couples massage one day which we would also highly recommend. It was overall the most amazing experience 5/5 doesn’t do if justice !
We ended our trip to South Africa with a stay at the Lion Sands River Lodge. Everything about our trip was literally mind blowing! We were transported from the airport by our guide, Francois. On the way to the lodge, we saw a leopard in the wild and stopped to not only observe him, but learn all about him. That was just the start.
We had morning and afternoon game drives with Francois and our tracker, Surprise. Each time out, we had magnificent experiences, coming within several yards of elephants, zebras, rhinos, hippos, wild dogs, lions, giraffes, Cape buffalo, and more (of course Impala!) To say I was impressed with the breadth of both Francois’ and Surprise’s knowledge is an understatement. They taught us so much and could answer every single question we asked. The most impressive thing, though, was their shear love of what they were doing and their admiration for the animals and the work that they do. This was an experience of a lifetime.
The facility itself is gorgeous, with beautiful rooms and a staff wanting to please in every way. Thanks to all at the Lion Sands and I hope to get the chance to comeback!
It was our honeymoon trip and we were glad we spent it with Lion Sands and their exceptional crew. We saw the great 5s and had the unique experience of getting up and close and personal with some of them which was a bonus!
We loved everything about your resort from your out going and friendly resort staff members to your 5 star accommodations. Both Luke (Safari guide) and Abraham (Safari tracker) were the highlight of our Safari experience. They made each and every safari drive a once in a lifetime experience. We also wanted to thank your lovely staff members for going the extra mile to make our anniversary experience one that we will always cherish. We both agreed that we will plan to visit the Lion Sands River Lodge next year. Thanks again, for a once in a lifetime experience.....Tony and Kelley Kirst