Lion Sands Game Reserve

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This idyllic location situated on the banks of the Sabi River lends itself to being one of the prime locations in the heart of the Sabi Sands game reserve. A rare African gem that is a must for your wildlife experience.


The lodge offers exquisitely styled lounges and decked terraces that will allow you to relax and unwind as you soak up the sounds of the bush. The staff are extremely warm and will make sure that you will lack nothing during the coarse of your stay.At River Lodge, you need not move far to appreciate extraordinary wildlife, or to marvel at the spectacular riverside view. We have tried to capture the entrancing spirit of the Sabie River,  and always smile at that moment when we see our guests forging their own connection with that special energy that cannot be seen, but can definitely be felt.


20 thatched rooms overlook the unfenced African bush, or the Sabie River.12 Luxury Rooms have bathroom en-suite, lounge area with mini bar and wooden deck from which to appreciate the wilds beyond.8 Superior Luxury Rooms are larger in size, and have large open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. 4 of the 6 Suites are inter-leading, and are therefore ideal for families.


Game Drives are conducted twice a day, in the company of expert Field Guides and Trackers.Walking Safaris are the perfect way to forge a one-on-one connection with Africa and at any time your chances of seeing the Big 5 are nowhere better than in the Sabi Sands. The time in between safari can be used to relax at the pool, read a book on your own viewing deck or get yourself pampered at the Lalamuka Spa. Why not spend a night under the stars in one of our Treehouses? This magical experience will immerse you in a natural world teeming with animal life, all on your own.

Why Visit  

  • Unparalleled "Big five" sightings
  • Exclusive safari destination that is particularly well known for Leopard sightings
  • The unique experience of sleeping out in a tree house
  • Highly skilled Rangers trained in giving a holistic experience

River Luxury Room:       From ZAR8 480 to ZAR11 470

River Superior Luxury:   From ZAR8 830 to ZAR11 820

River Suite:                   From ZAR9 180 to ZAR12 170

 *Rates are in South African Rands (ZAR), per person sharing per night   


11 Jan - 30 Nov 2017


1 Dec - 17 Dec 2017


18 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018


4 Jan - 10 Jan 2018



Special offers:

Discounts available on long stays and packaged options

Getting Here

Airlink has a daily return flight into Skukuza Airport from Cape Town International Airport, and twice daily return flights from Johannesburg International Airport. Transfers between Skukuza Airport and Lion Sands Game Reserve are conducted in open safari vehicles by a representative of Lion Sands.

By road the driving time from Johannesburg directly to the lodge is approximately 5hrs.



Quick Facts


Summer (October - April)

 -Daytime temperatures above 30˚C / 86˚F

Winter (May-September)

 -Daytime temperature average 24˚C / 75.2˚F

Early mornings and evenings may be very cold (winter).

Best time to travel

All year round

Recommended for Children

Children are welcome.

Lodge Facilities

20 Thatched Luxury rooms,2 Swimming pools, open plan lounge and dining area, viewing decks, Safari Shop.


English, Shangaan.


One of the best "big five" game viewing areas available.

The preserved plains of the Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park hold one of highest concentrations of wildlife per hectare on the planet


South African Rand. ZAR.


Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy, bush breakfasts, bush dinners,river walks, hippo tours, safari lunches, wildlife lectures,wellness treatments, local village experiences.

What's Included

Rates Include:

Accommodation, three meals per day, teas/coffees, mini bar in room, inclusive drinks & selected snacks (all soft drinks and selection of  beers, spirits & house wines), two game drives daily, game drive refreshments & snacks, specified inclusive safari activities, Skukuza Airport transfers, Wi-fi in public areas.


Rates Exclude:

Laundry, premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes, cigars & cigarettes, all flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport), gratuities, telephone calls, curio shop purchases, spa treatments, Sabi Sand entrance fees, any additional extras will be for the guests’ account, Sabi Sands Guest Conservation Contribution, this is a mandatory contribution: R 100 per guest per day.

Guest Review

“Stay here for your Safari”

This is an amazing place with beautiful rooms and unmatched service. The entire staff is fantastic including Charmain, David, Paul and Ranios. They customize to whatever you need. Look no further than here at Sabi Sands. Lots of game.

Barry Moltz,Lakeside,Michigan.



Best place ever! I would go back here again and again. Hands down my most favorite vacation ever. Hopefully one day we can take our twelve year old to visit! The rooms were beautiful! The Safaris were so much fun, and the staff were wonderful!

HuntSAH,Anderson,South Corolina.




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