Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is located in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve forming part of the greater Kruger National Park. River Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years.

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  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

There are 12 luxury and 8 superior luxury thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck to capitalise on the spectacular river views.

The food is excellent and the expertise of the Lion Sands rangers and trackers means that not only will you get to see masses of game, but you'll learn a whole lot about the bush too. There is a unique programme of activities for guests to tailor-make their stay including the famous Chalkley Treehouse experience.

Enhance your Lion Sands experience by spending a night in Chalkley Treehouse, a secure, completely private and lavish platform built around a majestic 500-year-old Leadwood Tree. Embrace a night under the stars away from noise and clutter, where you are fully immersed into the essence of nature's tranquil magnificence. A 10-minute drive from Lion Sands River Lodge, the tree house is completely secluded, offering guests a uniquely private safari adventure under the stars - a rare experience that few places in the world can offer.

Getting There

The drive time from the Kruger Mpumlanga Airport is approximately 1. 45 hours, from Johannesburg 5 hours, from Skukuza 25 min and from Hoedspruit Airport 2.15 hours. SA Airlink has one flight daily from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve (Mala Mala Airfield).


Morning and evening game drives, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy, bush breakfasts and dinners, river walks, hippo tours, safari lunches, wildlife lectures, boma dinners, clay pigeon shooting, wellness treatments, local village experiences.

Read what our previous clients thought of Lion Sands River Lodge

Review of Lion Sands River Lodge

Alicia Vollbracht & Mark Ottosen

Lodge was beautiful, we had animals in our backyard. Again food was amazing & staff was accommodating.

13/09/2019 Read full trip review

Review of Lion Sands River Lodge

Georgina Denham & Matthew Schofield

We actually stayed at Ivory Lodge as we were upgraded due to a fire at River Lodge. I honestly don't have the words to describe this place! I could cry thinking about it!! What a beautiful lodge, elegant, pristine, immaculate and so well maintained.The staff were incredible, always one step ahead of your needs and get to know you so well in such a short period of time. We had some…

23/08/2017 Read full trip review

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