Sabi Sand Game Reserve / Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

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Lion Sands
Activities / Facilities

Through a variety of activities the guest is introduced to the Lion Sands Pride, the story behind their names, their characters, habits and family structure. The activities are all catered for in a convenient and flexible environment and include the following: Open Land Rover game drives, interpretive bush walks, bird watching walks, lion tracking walks, river fishing (including Tiger Fish), gymnasium and health spa, wine tasting.

Of course, your safari cannot be complete without exposure to every facet of life in the bush. With the highly informative and holistic approach at Lion Sands, you will encounter all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insects to the mighty African elephant. Professionally qualified senior ecologists, rangers and tracking teams ensure that your personal safari experience not only meets but also exceeds your highest expectations.
  • Bush walks and game drives
  • Wildlife lectures and astronomy
  • Picnic lunches and bush dinners
  • Gymnasium and health spa


Situated in one of the finest wilderness areas in the Southern Kruger National Park, Lion Sands is the only property to have substantial access to the perennial Sabie River, ensuring an awesome diversity of wildlife through both the dry and wet season. This superior game lodge offers high standards of accommodation, service, amenities and facilities with luxury thatched rooms at the South Camp and luxury thatched rooms at the River Lodge.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve (southern Kruger National Park region), an area well known for its spectacular game viewing.

Lion Sands has exclusive access to the Sabie River. From its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range where it passes through the famous Mac Mac falls, the river through Lion Sands teems with wildlife. It is the definitive safari experience. The relatively cool riverbanks offer a brief respite from the relentless African sun. Splendid parades of animals pass through to quench their thirst at the water's edge.


Lion Sands River Lodge & Ivory Lodge are exclusive in their pristine location overlooking the magnificent Sabie River. Both lodges have been decorated in an old African style, the feeling being cool, light and minimalist.

Ivory Lodge is different to River Lodge in its exclusivity. For the traveller who is looking for a more secluded & private experience, Ivory Lodge is the recommended camp.

Ivory Lodge:

The Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River with magnificent views, extending onto the open sand banks of the Kruger National Park.

There are luxurious suites with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower, courtyard, lounge with fireplace, wooden viewing deck, patio & private plunge pool. The bedroom & bathroom area are air-conditioned with overhead fans. All rooms have telephone and internet access. The suites are 165 square meters in size and are positioned at least 20 meters apart, being linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways. They all have breathtaking views over the Sabie River, a setting where game viewing can be done from the luxury of one's private suite, Africa's finest.

The reception building is apart from the main lodge, ensuring that guests arrive and depart without compromising the privacy of the lodge experience. The main lodge & entrance building comprise a private lounge & bar, wooden viewing decks, board-room, wine cellar, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area.

Simple and uncluttered, the interiors achieve a contemporary, Afro-European elegance. It is a bold, yet balanced ambience that juxtaposes colour, texture and form. There's an overriding exclusivity, with complete privacy.

River Lodge:

The Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River. It faces due east, catching the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park.

There are luxurious thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an overhead fan.

The lodge comprises the following: a private lounge and bar, 2 swimming pools, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, private hammocks, conferenceroom, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area.

River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands. It is positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. The lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature & relaxation. It is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like home from home.