About Lion Sands

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve, an area well known for its spectacular game viewing. It has exclusive access to the Sabie River. The source of the River includes the famous Mac Mac falls flowing from its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range. This River is central to why Lion Sands delivers an incomparable safari experience in Africa. Where there is water there is life, coolness, sanctuary from the heat of the African sun, a place where the wildlife travel great distances to quench their thirsts, rejuvenation and so much more. This is the natural wonder which can be experienced at Lion Sands. The name Sabie’ is derived from the Zulu term eSaba’, meaning afraid’!

Ironically the River is not only the provider of life but also the taker! It is said that in days of old that this River was the most dangerous in the region due to the fact that it was inhabited by a abnormally high amount of Africa’s largest reptile, the Nile crocodile. These prehistoric creatures can still be seen basking in the sun or quietly watching from the shallows of the River, ever the opportunist. Yet another key aspect to the Lion Sands experience lies within its Safari.

The philosophy of the safari experience at Lion Sands is to deliver a consistently professional, informative & holistic African safari experience, ensuring that all spheres of the eco-system, from the small insects to the mighty African elephant, are covered in as much detail as the Guest may require. The Senior Ecologist, Ranger & Tracker teams have been carefully selected to make certain that your Safari Experience will not only meet but exceed your highest expectations.


Ivory Lodge
Ivory 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. The Lodge faces due South and is approximately 100 meters upstream of River Lodge. There are 6 ultra 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 and overhead fans cool the bedrooms and lounges. All rooms have telephone and internet access. The suites are 165 m2 in size and are positioned at least 18 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 bedrooms! The entrance area is separate from the main lodge in order to ensure that guests arriving and departing have no impact on other overnight guests. The main and entrance area comprise a private lounge, wooden viewing decks, board room, wine cellar, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area. Ivory Lodge is about African Euro elegance, sophistication yet simplicity, boldness yet balance, ebony & ivory, perfect harmony, exclusivity, sensitivity & complete privacy.

River Lodge
River 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 and is approximately 100 meters downstream of Ivory Lodge. There are 20 luxurious thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an over-head fan. All rooms have mini-bar & telephone access. The rooms are linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways. The lodge comprises the following: a private lounge and bar, 2 swimming pools, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, private hammocks, conference room, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area. River Lodge is the Soul of Lion Sands. Positioned on a site, which has trees dating back almost 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, relax, enjoy and get to experience South African accommodation and hospitality at its best.