Lion Sands River Lodge is a stylish, comfortable 5-star safari destination. The lodge overlooks the Sabie River and Kruger National Park beyond and offers some of the best game viewing in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. All eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms and four River Suites are light and spacious.

  • Located inside exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • On the banks of the Sabie River
  • Within the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Five-star luxury at a reasonable rate
  • Swimming pool
  • Daily offroad game drives and bushwalks
  • Superb game viewing
  • Spotting scopes for game viewing, birding or astronomy
  • Air conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito netting
  • En-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor shower
  • Expertly-stocked wine cellar
  • Luxury spa
  • "Memory" lab for photo buffs
  • Free WiFi in guest areas

Lion Sands River Lodge is where luxury, first-class service and exclusive interaction with South Africa's magnificent wildlife come together. This is one of the more affordable 5-star game lodges in the Southern Sabi Sand, and its proximity to the Sabie River means that game is always in abundance in this area.

Private traversing area for excellent game viewing

Lion Sands has its own exclusive traversing area in one of the best game viewing areas within the greater Kruger National Park. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers on open land rovers. A guided interpretive bush walk is also included each day.

Refreshingly refurbished

The recently refurbished rooms are spacious and the finishes are excellent. The 18 luxurious suites are connected by a wooden boardwalk, and all the rooms have either a bush or a river view. There are eight Luxury Rooms, six interleading Superior Luxury Rooms ideal for families and groups and four River Suites which are more secluded, each with a private deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower. All accommodation has air-conditioning, overhead fans and a modern en-suite bathroom.

Expansive game-viewing decks

The lodge features generous deck areas with big shady trees, and a powerful spotting scope allows you to get a close-up view of any wildlife or birds along the banks of the Sabie River. Lion Sands River Lodge boasts two swimming pools (one on either end of the lodge, and heated in winter).

Tasteful dining

Dining at Lion Sands River Lodge is always a feast, and usually complemented by some of the finest wines from the well-stocked cellar (note that only house wines are included in the price - cellar wines cost extra). Meals will either be enjoyed outside on the deck overlooking the river, in the dining room, or in the traditional boma (African reed enclosure) around a bonfire.

Getting there

By air - We can either fly you direct to the lodge's airstrip or arrange a 2-hour road transfer from the nearest airport at Nelspruit.

By road - We can arrange a rental car for you and you can drive yourself to the lodge (no 4x4 is needed).

Our take on Lion Sands River Lodge

Elegant and luxurious accommodation, superb service and hospitality with some of the best game viewing opportunities in the Sabi Sand Reserve. We have no hesitation in recommending Lion Sands River Lodge for an excellent safari experience.

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Twice daily game drives and guided bush walk
  • All meals and game drive refreshments
  • Local beverages, beers and wines
  • Minibar in room
  • Transfers to Skukuza airport
  • Wi-Fi
  • Health Spa treatments
  • Transport to the lodge
  • Premium brand and import beverages
  • Sabi Sands guest conservation contribution fee
  • Sustainability levy
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