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Lion Sands Game Reserve Reviews & Information

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Dining at Lion Sands

Both lodges at Lion Sands Reserve feature the main lodge area with private viewing decks, lounges and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Also each lodge features a private boma where guests can enjoy open air meals under the stars.


Spa Facilities

Africology at Lion Sands is a tranquil retreat with a focus on cutting-edge spa therapies using only eco-friendly ingredients.

Spa treatments include:

  • Herbal oil massages
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Scalp treatments
  • Feet treatments
  • Couples experiences

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Wildlife activities
Through a variety of activities the guest is introduced to the Lion Sands Pride, the story behind their names, their characters, habits and family structure. The activities are all catered for in a convenient and flexible environment and include the following: Open Land Rover game drives, interpretive bush walks, bird watching walks, lion tracking walks and river fishing (including Tiger Fish).
Of course, your safari cannot be complete without exposure to every facet of life in the bush. With the highly informative and holistic approach at Lion Sands, you will encounter all spheres of the ecosystem, from the smallest insects to the mighty African elephant. Professionally qualified senior ecologists, Rangers and tracking teams ensure that your personal safari experience not only meets but also exceeds your highest expectations.
Wildlife activities include:
  •  Bush walks
  •  Game drives
  •  Wildlife lectures
  •  Astronomy activities
  •  Picnic lunches and bush dinners

A gym is available at Lion Sands for those guests who would like to get in a workout.

Gym Equipment:

  • Treadmills
  • Bicycles includding spinning machines
  • Rowing machine
  • Adjustable benches
  • Yoga mats
  • Physio balls
  • Weights
Spa treatments
  • Herbal oil massages
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Scalp treatments
  • Feet treatments
  • Couples experiences

Conferences & Events

River Lodge conferencing

The River Lodge at Lion Sands can cater towards a conference of up to 40 people.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

River Lodge Superior Luxury Room

The Superior Luxury Room at the River Lodge is a luxury thatched suite featuring a private wooden viewing deck.

Superior Luxury Room features:

  •  Air-conditioning 
  •  Room fans
  •  Mosquito nets
  •  Outdoor shower
  •  Indoor showers
  •  Separate W.C.
  •  In-room safe
  •  Personal bars
  •  Telephone
  •  Hairdryers.

SA Resident: Chalkley Treehouse

SA Resident: Ivory Lodge

SA Resident: Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa

SA Resident: Kingstown Treehouse

SA Resident: River Lodge Luxury Room

SA Resident: River Lodge Superior Luxury Room

SA Resident: River Suite

Ivory Lodge 1-Bedroom Villa

# Rooms:

Lion Sands River Lodge & Ivory Lodge are exclusive in their pristine location overlooking the magnificent Sabie River. Ivory Lodge is different to River Lodge in its exclusivity. For the traveller who is looking for a more secluded & private experience, Ivory Lodge is the recommended camp.

The 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. There are luxurious suites with an en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower, courtyard, lounge with fireplace, wooden viewing deck, patio & private plunge pool. The bedroom & bathroom area are air-conditioned with overhead fans. All rooms have telephone and internet access. The suites are 165 square meters in size and are positioned at least 20 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 from the luxury of one's private suite, Africa's finest.

The reception building is apart from the main lodge, ensuring that guests arrive and depart without compromising the privacy of the lodge experience. The main lodge & entrance building comprises of a private lounge & bar, wooden viewing decks, board-room, wine cellar, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air dining area. Simple and uncluttered, the interiors achieve a contemporary, Afro-European elegance. It is a bold, yet balanced ambience that juxtaposes colour, texture and form. There's an overriding exclusivity, with complete privacy.

River Lodge: Luxury Room

# Rooms:

The River Lodge is on the banks of the Sabie River. It faces due east, catching the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. There are luxurious thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an overhead fan.

The lodge comprises the following: a private lounge and bar, two swimming pools, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, private hammocks, conferenceroom, gymnasium & health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air dining area.

River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and is on a site with trees dating back 800 years. The lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature & relaxation. It is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like a home from home.

River Suite

# Rooms:

The River Suites offer added privacy as they are situated further away from the lodge's public areas. Magnificent river views can be enjoyed from this superb safari accommodation.  Also, the River Suites feature outdoor showers which make for a unique bushveld experience.

Chalkley Treehouse

The Lion Sands Chalkley Treehouse was named after the explorer Guy Aubrey Chalkley who in escape from Africa's predators set up camp in a majestic old Leadwood Tree. Nowadays the treehouse provides a luxurious space where guests can enjoy a night under the African stars with all the comforts of five-star accommodation. You will be escorted to your treehouse when the sunsets to enjoy a picnic dinner and drinks on the open deck before enjoying a night listening to the calls of the African bush.

Reservations for the Treehouses are essential. The use of the Treehouses are weather-dependant and guests keep their room/suite at the respective lodge for the night they stay in the Treehouse. There is an additional surcharge/supplement to stay in the Treehouse.

Kingstown Treehouse

The Lion Sands Kingston Treehouse is a stunning wood and glass structure located at the end of a small drawbridge amongst huge boulders. Before the treehouse stretches the untamed African bush while the interior is lavishly decorated in a modern style. The treehouse is located away from the main lodge offering privacy while radios keep you connected to the Rangers. The treehouse features a full bathroom for your convenience and comfort. You can enjoy spa treatments and dinners in the privacy of your deck, allowing for a unique, romantic experience while yoga mats are also provided for your use.

Reservations for the Treehouses are essential. The use of the Treehouses are weather-dependant, and guests keep their room/suite at the respective lodge for the night they stay in the Treehouse. There is an additional surcharge/supplement to stay in the Treehouse.

2 Bedroom River Suite

Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa (Fish Eagle Villa)


GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.969593

Longitude: 31.531977


Recommended route to the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve from Johannesburg (6 hours):

Take the N12/N4 highway from the Gauteng region towards Emalahleni (formerly known as Witbank) / Middleburg and further on to Mbombela (previously known as Nelspruit);
Upon arrival into Mbombela, follow the R40 from Mbombela through to White River and on to Hazyview;
At the T-junction between Kiepersol and Hazyview, turn left onto the R538, which will take you into the town of Hazyview.
At the 2nd traffic lights with a shopping centre on the right-hand side, turn right onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate (Kruger National Park).
After 38km turn left onto a gravel road which is signposted to Lion Sands.
Drive along the gravel road for approximately 4km. At the T-junction turn right and drive for a further 4km to Shaws Gate, the entrance to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.
Note there is an Entrance Fee payable so please check with Reservations as to what the current fee is as it is subject to change from time to time. They do take credit cards so don't worry about travelling with cash.

- Please remember, the animals have the right of way, and the speed limit in the Reserve is 30km/h. Should you encounter some of our residents on the road, enjoy the sight and allow them to pass before continuing along your route.
- Follow the signposted route to Lion Sands, after approximately 2km turn right at the Lion Sands sign.
- Follow the path to either River Lodge or Ivory Lodge. You will encounter a control gate closer to the lodge. Please sign in and enjoy a unique welcome.
- WELCOME, well done and ahead lies a great few days on safari, so time to relax and we will take care of everything from here on in!
- Please contact Lion Sands Gem lodge when you arrive in Hazyview so we know you are close by and even better if you could phone us when you leave so we know what time to expect you. This will allow us to keep a check and make sure you get in safely.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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