Lions Sands River Lodge

Game Lodge, Kruger


A five-star lodge in a five-star reserve.  Bordering Kruger National Park, Lion Sands delivers premier game-viewing – and this, its original accommodation, provides the guest experience to match.  Friendly and relaxed, River Lodge, together with Lion Sands’ three other camps, enjoys exclusive access to the animal-rich Sabie River, on whose banks it sits.  Factor in spa treatments, super service and truly exceptional food, and it’s certain: you’ve entered once-in-a-lifetime territory.


A tasteful blend of traveller curios and African art, the 20 thatched rooms are divided into Luxury, Superior Luxury and River Suite categories.  The Superiors enjoy more space, while River Suites benefit from extra seclusion, outdoor showers, lounge areas and the best views.  Spread along the waterside, each unit comes with king-size beds and mosquito netting, air-conditioning, freestanding bathtubs and private decks.


Intimate and beckoning, the public areas include a fire-warmed lounge and bar, a deck cantilevered over the Sabie and multiple dining areas, one of them a traditional, open-air boma.  Not to mention two heated pools, a bird hide, game-viewing hammocks, a spa and a gym.  Oh, and the nearby Chalkley Treehouse (additional charge), essentially a 10m-high outdoor deck for five-star overnight stays.  The gourmet, modern-focused food is as good it gets on South African safaris.


That Sabie River access lets you get closer to the Big Five than anywhere else in Africa during morning and sunset game drives.  In between, embark on interpretative game walks with experienced rangers and trackers, or take a devoted hippo tour.  Those are included in the board, along with astronomy lessons.  Hot-air ballooning and helicopter rides cost extra.

Child Policy

Children aged 10 and over are welcome, with tailored family programmes suited to teenagers – tracking animals via spoor identification, bush survival and treasure hunts.  Superior Luxury rooms can interconnect.

Lions Sands River Lodge

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