Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga
Did you know?
The first camp was built at Lion Sands in 1933.
The family-owned Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve, is the only lodge in the area that is located on the banks of the Sabie River, a favourite drinking spot for elephants, impalas, baboons and many other animals − and a favourite stalking ground for leopard.
The river lodge is positioned in a pristine riverine forest amongst ancient trees. The area is well known for excellent game viewing and has a lower concentration of lodges compared to other areas of Sabi Sands.
With only the river separating the lodge from the world famous Kruger Park, Lion Sands provides a great diversity of fauna and flora. The unique location makes it a perfect place in the African bush for a wedding − the reserve will help you organise the biggest day in your life from scratch.
The award-winning Ivory Lodge is an ultra luxurious getaway in the bush frequented by celebs and stars wanting exclusivity and privacy with spacious suites, personal dining areas and completely private viewing decks.
If you need a break from the excitement of game-viewing then try one of the relaxing spa treatments at Lalamuka Spa. ‘Lalamuka' means 'unwind' in Shangaan and this is exactly what Lion Sands is all about. A range of body and facial treatments are available to help rid you of urban stresses.
You'll not only see lots of game wandering along the river banks, but also on game drives and bush walks which are excellent opportunities to get close up with Africa's wildlife, including that most formidable predator, the lion.
You'll also encounter other members of the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros and leopard). The staff will also happily arrange a breakfast or dinner in the bush for a true African experience. The already delicious food tastes even better under the stars or in the warm morning sun.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)11 484 9911
How to get here
Airlink has one flight daily from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Guests are collected from the airstrip and transported to the lodge. You can also fly into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on scheduled flights direct from Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Transfers to Lion Sands can be arranged and take about two hours.
Best time to visit
Enjoy Lion Sands Private Game Reserve at any time of the year.
Tours to do
There is an extensive range of activities to choose from, from meals in the bush, to guided walks, spa treatments, cultural excursions and even golf.
Once you arrive, you will be transported in the reserve's 4X4 vehicles.
What will it cost
This is a luxury reserve and is priced accordingly.
Length of stay
Two nights, preferably three.
What to pack
Don't forget your camera, hat and walking shoes. The reserve will provide the rest.
Where to stay
You have a choice between the exclusive Ivory Lodge or River Lodge, or the ultra-exclusive Lodge 1933.
What to eat
Look forward to versatile five-star cuisine with wines to match.