Lions Sands Tinga Lodge

Game Lodge, Kruger


Within the wider Kruger National Park, Lion Sands is a private concession containing just nine small individual suites spread out along the Sabie River.  On the southern flank, tranquil Tinga appeals with a five-star line up: with private plunge-pool suites, excellent food, superb service, a gorgeous setting and safaris which practically guarantee the Big Five, plus a glut of other animals.


All large in size, those nine suites are spaced along the Sabie to provide perfect privacy and captivating, animal-rich views – particularly from their private decks and heated plunge pools.  Inside, more opulence awaits: king-size beds surrounded by mosquito nets, bathtubs facing the water and attractive sitting areas. Two of the suites can accommodate a child sharing with their parents.


The main lodge’s style is a mixture of classic safari-era and contemporary: high thatched ceilings, art curios and animal antler trophies, but with dark, lacquered wood and lots of space.  Its comfy fireside lounge opens out onto a wooden deck shaped around an enormous jackalberry tree, and a larger pool: both face the Sabie, and afford regular animal sightings. Even nearer the river, a traditional open-air boma is also used for modern gourmet dinners with fine wines.


Spend daybreak and dusk enjoying expertly-delivered 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.  Also additional are over night stays in nearby Tinyeleti Treehouse – a stilted four-person bedroom where an evening under the stars can be experienced with luxurious surrounds.

Child Policy

Children aged 10 and over can share with their parents, with tailored family programmes available – tracking animals via spoor identification, bush survival and treasure hunts.  Babysitting costs extra.

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