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Lion Sands River Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve | (Shaw's Gate Entrance), Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first safari experience and we couldn't rate it high enough. All the staff at Lion Sands were fantastic and nothing was to much trouble. Our Ranger and Terence our tracker were good company and showed us not only the big 5 but there was a bush walk one morning and Star Gazing one evening. We also had... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The facilities, the staff, the service, and the animals were all that we could ask for. The facilities were great but the reason for being there was seeing the animals. The trackers and rangers worked hard to show us the animals. It was simply amazing to be so close and sit in an open land rover were it seemed that... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

5 stars all around. My wife and I stayed at Lion Sands for 4 nights during our honeymoon, and it exceeded every one of our expectations. My wife knew we were heading on safari, but she didn't have any idea about the type of place we were staying, so she was certainly surprised to find the luxurious Lion Sands. Every... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 4 days at Lion Sands Lodge for mixture of business sessions with a group of about 25 couples and plenty of safari and dining experiences. Have been on 4 different luxury lodge safari experiences in South Africa and this one is at the top end. The lodge facilities are exceptional - very luxurious - and the quality of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful experience. Game was plentiful, the facility itself was very well appointed and the food was terrific. Having said that, this is not an overly indulgent place for those seeking to spoil themselves in the bush. But, it was exactly what we were looking for. If it had a bit more of a family run, feel good... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the most amazing stay at the Lion Sands River Lodge, experiencing the wild animals up close was something I will never forget. We went out on safari five times and each time we experienced something different. Thanks to the expertise of our Tracker (Rector) and Ranger (Mike) we got to see the Big 5 as well as many... More 

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lodge (Lion Sands) is beautiful, like something out of Architectural Digest and National Geographic at the same time. Modern. Very comfortable. Love the furnishings. Laudry, the general manager, treats you like you've arrived at her home and she's made a special cabin just for you. The common area is serene and open (no walls on the river side) giving... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unforgettable exceptionally positive experience. Like the "variety of species" we were privileged to witness (thanks to our very competent guide and tracker), there is too much to elaborate on here. So, in summary: DESTINATION OVERALL: An incredible, enjoyable and very memorable experience… LION SANDS PROPERTY: Superb. Our contemporary, well-maintained, beautifully decorated room, private infinity pool, separate (to bedroom)-well-stocked living-room;... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lion Sands gave us maybe the best vacation ever! We especially loved the friendly, knowledgable treatment our Ranger and Tracker gave us on the twice-daily safaris. They really went out of their way to let us see so much of the wildlife in the area. We saw hippos (from a safe distance!), elephants, lions, hyenas, a cheetah, a leopard, a... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the absolute pleasure of having three days on this wonderful property this June. We were a large group of 48, had the place booked out. Our guide and tracker for our twice daily forays in to the reserve were the 'A' team of Bianca and Ranios. These two work so intuitively together, all with the aim of giving us... More 

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