The magnificent award-winning Ivory Lodge is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Sabi Sand Reserve. This luxury lodge overlooks the Kruger National Park and the Sabie River which flows all year round. Ivory Lodge offers stylish, sophisticated accommodation in six private and secluded villas.

  • Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Part of the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Excellent game viewing
  • Open 4x4 game drives - exclusive and private
  • Night drives with spotlights
  • Stargazing on night drives
  • Informative bushwalks with knowledgeable armed rangers and trackers
  • Ultra-luxury suites each with private plunge pool
  • Airconditioning, overhead fans and mosquito netting
  • Health Spa and Gym
  • Ideal wedding and honeymoon venue

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, overlooking the Sand River, offers a world-class luxury safari experience in the prestigious Sabi Sand Reserve. The Lion Sands Private Game Reserve has no fences, allowing game to traverse freely between Lion Sands and the Kruger National Park. so visitors are certain to experience superb game viewing, and at least some of the Big Five wildlife.

Deluxe Accommodation

The main lodge comprises a private lounge and bar area, wooden look-out decks, board room, wine cellar, health spa and gymnasium, curio shop, indoor and outdoor dining area.

Guests are accommodated in six spacious, private villas. Each villa has its own living room with fireplace, an exclusive, heated pool, en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers. The villas have been specifically designed with oversized windows to give you sweeping views of the surrounding bush, and any wildlife that happens by - whether from the comfort of your bedroom or your private viewing deck - en-route to replenish themselves at the river below.

For the more adventurous, there's the option of 'sleeping out' under the African stars in the 5-star luxury Chalkley Tree House (at an additional cost).

All-inclusive Game Viewing Experience

Included in the tariff are daily game drives and bush walks. The game drives take place in the early morning and early evening when the game is at its most active. No aspect of the bush is glanced over and visitors are introduced to the smaller, yet often more fascinating wonders of nature. An experienced guide will impart his/her knowledge on a wide range of subjects from medicinal plants to lifecycles to the skill of tracking animals.

Ivory Lodge offers some exciting optional activities (not included in the tariff)

  • Astronomy
  • Hippo Tour
  • Wildlife Lectures
  • Cultural Village Experience
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Hot-Air Ballooning
  • Helicopter Tours

Sumptuous Cuisine

Dining at Ivory Lodge is never an average affair. For breakfast, you'll be driven to the river hide or one of the open plains to enjoy a full continental breakfast whilst hopefully viewing a peaceful grazer nearby. Epicurean dinners are savoured at a dry river bed under the stars or out on the open African plain. Paraffin lamps and a roaring campfire create the perfect atmosphere to relax after a full day absorbing the African bush and its thrilling wildlife.

Superior Service

Ivory Lodge has a reputation for world-class service. The staff go all out to make your stay idyllic and unique.

Getting to Ivory Lodge

There are various ways of getting there. There are daily flights from OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) to Nelspruit Airport. From here we can arrange a road transfer to the lodge (2 hours). We can also arrange a chartered flight from Johannesburg to the Lion Sands airstrip. Road transfers from Johannesburg to the lodge take about 6 hours. Alternatively, you may want to choose a self-drive option and we can arrange a car rental for you at excellent rates.

Our Take on Ivory Lodge

There is a great deal of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that is evident at Ivory Lodge - from the comfort of its suites to the calibre of its staff, from its excellent cuisine to the expertise of the rangers and trackers on the open-vehicle game viewing safaris. We would recommend a safari trip to Lions Sands Ivory Lodge with the utmost confidence, knowing that you will be guaranteed a unique and experience of luxury coupled with superb game viewing in some of the most exclusive bushvelds of South Africa.

  • Ultra-luxurious Accommodation
  • Two game drives daily in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Three sumptuous meals daily
  • Laundry
  • Local beverages including wine and spirits
  • Skukuza airport transfers
  • Specified gaming activities
  • Conservation fees
  • Health Spar treatments
  • Premium brand and imported beverages
  • Reserve entrance fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • The Chalkley Tree House
  • Sabi Sands guest conservation contribution fee
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