Lion Sands River Lodge (Sabie
Sand Game Reserve) South Africa
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.
River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and has been built
on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with
trees dating back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge
catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park.
Hosted by a family of staff that make it feel like home away
from home, the lodge is about spirit, warmth and nature.
Here you are invited to relax and experience African
hospitality at its finest.
The rooms at River Lodge offer respite and protection
from the Lowveld heat. The interior is a tranquil cream and
beige haven, cool in the summer, cozy in the winter. The
bathroom, with its tranquil look and pebble-inlaid floors
complements the bushveld well. There are 18 luxurious
thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside
shower & wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is
air-conditioned with an overhead fan. All rooms have
mini-bar & telephone access. The rooms are linked to all
areas by raised wooden walkways.
King size bed with mosquito netting (can be made up as
Inside and outside shower
Bath and vanity basin
Air-conditioning and overhead fans, Mini-bars, Safe and
Activities / Wildlife
This is done during the evening game drive and is kept as
a surprise for those guests who have a keen interest in our
solar system and the associated African folklore. Lie back
under the African sky & be taken on a journey through our
Guests are driven to either the river hide or one of the
open plains where breakfast is served. A full table is set
and the guests are invited to join the animals, which can
often be viewed from the breakfast venue, whilst savoring a
full continental breakfast.
Guests are driven to either a dry riverbed or under the
African sky on an open plain. Lit by only paraffin lamps and
a big open campfire, this dining experience makes for one of
the most unforgettable memories of a visit to Africa. Listen
to the night sounds and enjoy a sumptuous meal cooked on the
open-coals of the bush fire.
Prior to departing the ranger will assess the guest's
fitness level and will structure the walk accordingly.
During the summer months the walks are done in the early
mornings and form part of the morning game drive.
In winter the walk is done after breakfast but to ensure
the best walking areas are accessed, the guest will leave
the lodge in a Land Rover until the optimal walking route is
Once everyone (maximum 8 guests) has settled into the
walk the ranger will start to talk on a wide variety of
subjects ranging from the medicinal uses of certain plants
to the basic skills of tracking animals. On returning to the
vehicle light refreshments are served. This is a highly
recommended activity in both summer & winter.
Guests are taken on early morning and evening open land
rover game drives.
Often the guests do not get the chance to see the
hippopotamus during either their morning & evening game
drive as the Land Rover's traverse the interior of the
reserve, focusing on the inland animals. This tour offers
the guest a chance to observe this amazing creature in its
natural habitat. There is also a good chance of seeing the
enormous African Nile crocodiles (12/14ft), which inhabit
the Sabie River.
Guests can request for a picnic lunch at either one of
the River hides or Waterhole hide. This activity is only
offered during the winter, dry season months, as this is the
time when wildlife are seen to congregate around these
Accommodation Rates:- From $850 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary