We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 41 Sabi Sand Game Reserve accommodations

Lion Sands River Lodge

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa
Hotel amenities
Lion Sands River Lodge
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Save
You added Lion Sands River Lodge to your Saves list
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
Candy O Portland, Oregon, United States
Write a Review

392 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    346
    31
    8
    2
    5
See reviews for
59
218
9
11
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (81)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (392)
  • Mar-May only
    (77)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (109)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (123)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (83)
All months
Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lion Sands Sabi Sands was one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa. We were beyond thrilled to see the big 5 while we were there, and amazed at how close we were to the animals. Our Ranger, Greg, is a photographer and knew just how to position the Land Rover so we could get the best view... More 

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed at this lodge for three nights and were well looked after by the staff. Office staff were approachable and hospitable, may have changed since others earlier reviews. Our drivers were good and we saw a good array of animals. Rooms and their BIG beds were comfortable and insect free. A nice relaxing stay.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, England
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 nights at River Lodge in November 2014. Rooms are amazing, game drives excellent, game viewing good. Food great. 90% positive. A couple of negative points - our Ranger seemed more interested in getting the perfect photo for himself rather than positioning the vehicle in the right place for us and was not particularly friendly or outgoing (but... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at Lion Sands for 4 nights in Nov. 2014. I have to say it was the highlight of our trip. Loved the lodge, loved our room, loved having a free mini bar, ( which we all but ignored!!..) the staff were amazing, the food was good, the game drives spectacular, could not fault the place.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the River Lodge for three nights in November, as the final stage of our two week trip to South Africa. It is situated in a lovely position on the banks of a large river where animals (Elephants, Impala etc) can be frequently viewed. Due to limited rainfall the river was restricted to a channel 200+ yards away... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
24 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment of our arrival, this was the safari experience of a lifetime. The rooms were amazing, the food wonderful, and the animal sightings beyond expectations. Everyone going to Africa wants to eventually sight the Big 5, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. We saw all five on the first drive the first evening. After that, things only got... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hermosa Beach, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
39 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great start for our 3-week trip to Africa. Outstanding lodge located just outside of the Kruger National Park/Reserve. Great food, great service, great game drives. Big Mike and Joe were our driver/guide and tracker for the entire 4 days we were there and they did not disappoint. If this is your only safari stop while in Africa, it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, Scotland
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife & I stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed the whole experience. This was our second safari – we had been in Kenya in 2011 – and the safari experience is quite different. In Kenya we visited the Masai Mara where the open plains allow you to view a fantastic range of animals, but not always close... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We stayed in mid October. We arrived very late due to a delayed flight and the staff were truly wonderful and brought us a very welcome late meal. This is a truly wonderful place to see the Big Five, I really found it very difficult to leave after our four night stay. It was for us the highlight of our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I can't say enough about Lion Sand's River Lodge and the Safari they provided. Staff unbelievable, the rooms were huge, food amazing and WHAT A VIEW, giraffe outside our deck on the first day! We had early wakeup calls off by 6 am each day, we stopped in the morning for a coffee break. Each place our guide picked for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Lion Sands River Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Lion Sands River Lodge

Address: Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lion Sands River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Travelocity, Despegar.com and Tingo so you can book your Lion Sands River Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Lion Sands River Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Lion Sands River Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve

606 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (597)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (118)
Viewed
3:49
Videos (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (89)
Viewed
Dining (44)
Viewed
View from room (10)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (11)
Viewed
Bathroom (19)
Viewed
Family/play areas (3)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (1)
Viewed
Other (301)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (10)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (1)
Viewed
Other (5)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay