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Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands Kruger National Park The Farm Toulon 305KU, Airport Rd. Skukuza, Kruger National Park,, Sabie Park, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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#2 of 2 lodges in Sabie Park
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4.9
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4.9
Value
4.7
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River Lodge offers a connection-rich safari with 18 rooms and social areas like the outdoor firepit, veranda and bar area to gather and catch up on the day. The lodge has a chic design interpretation of the traditional safari lodge with contemporary décor and limited walls that create a flow between interior and exterior with a sense of brightness and space. Wooden walkways connect the main lodge to a spa, a gym and pool. There are eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms (two sets with interleading rooms), and four River Suites our most spacious and private. Each of the River Suites has a private plunge pool, with one of the River Suites ideally suited for families with two bedrooms. All our Rooms and Suites are set along the path revealing splendid river views. Kosher catering is available. Browse the MORE Gallery and turn wildlife photographs into artful souvenirs in the Creative Lab. Million-star Chalkley and Kingston Treehouses are the ultimate bush bedrooms. Here romantics, adventurers, and solitude seekers alike can discover the magic of a night out in Africa – in complete luxury. Each of the Treehouses are unique in character. Chalkley Treehouse, the original adventure, has panoramic views of the open plains, and Kingston Treehouse is the ultimate luxury escape with a view over the treetops. All our treehouses have bathroom facilities with hot running water. The Treehouse Experience is booked additionally in conjunction with accommodation at the lodge, with the room available for returning to at any point. Lion Sands conserves 12 400ha (30 600ac) of a habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere offering exceptional game-viewing opportunities. Natural animal populations include the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird, and the reserve is renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with our highly qualified field guides and trackers. Bush dinners and boma dinners will have you dining under the African stars.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Free airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business center
Parking garage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Minibar
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Lion Sands Kruger National Park The Farm Toulon 305KU, Airport Rd. Skukuza, Kruger National Park,, Sabie Park, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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Erin M wrote a review Mar 2024
Columbus, Ohio11 contributions6 helpful votes
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The most incredible, epic and amazing vacation of my life! I can’t say enough good things about this experience. - The rooms were absolutely gorgeous and well appointed! Always clean and well maintained. - The service was top notch! The people really made the experience. Every detail was taken care of. - The food was delicious! Made fresh daily, custom menus, absolutely unbelievable dining experiences. we happen to be there over Easter, and the Easter brunch spread was like nothing I’ve ever seen before! - The guides on safari were so sweet. I can imagine week after week they are met with the same questions from first time, safari travelers like myself and my husband. They had so much patience, excitement, and thrill to show us the bush, and all of the animals! We had Ozy and Heavy, quite the incredible duo!!! - We saw all animals on our list and more. We will be back!!
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 11, 2024
Wow, what an incredible review! We're overjoyed to hear that your vacation with us was memorable. We are grateful that the experience exceeded your expectations, from the stunning rooms and impeccable service to the delicious dining and safari adventures. We're thrilled that our team, including guides like Ozy and Heavy, made your trip unforgettable with their patience, excitement, and expertise. Thank you for choosing us for your safari adventure, and we can't wait to welcome you back for more unforgettable memories in the future! All the best, Brett Appelgryn and Lauren Crewe-Brown, General Managers, Lion Sands Game Reserve.
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Stefanie L wrote a review Mar 2024
7 contributions1 helpful vote
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My husband and I stayed for 3 days 2 nights at River Lodge as part of our trip to South Africa from Hong Kong. This has been our favourite holiday so far (and we travel a lot!), amazing hospitality, amazing food, and amazing game drives. We would 100% return! The South African couple that we shared game drives with told us Lion Sands (or the greater Sabi Sands area) offers the best game drives experience. We cannot agree more! We went into the bush to track a Leopard that was hunting, something that wouldn’t be possible in Kruger National Park! 10/10 would recommend this to all our friends that’s paying a visit in South Africa! We hope anyone visiting would have the same rewarding experience as us. Thank you again for the Lion Sands team for this unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 7, 2024
Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay at River Lodge and found the hospitality, food, and game drives to be amazing. We couldn't agree more about the magic of the Sabi Sands area for game drives. The opportunity to track a leopard is truly a unique experience. We're delighted that you were able to enjoy this special encounter. Thank you for your enthusiastic recommendation! We hope to welcome you back to River Lodge in the future for another rewarding experience. Until then, safe travels and many more adventures to come! All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Michelle R wrote a review Jan 2024
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There are no words to describe Lions Sands - you just have to go and experience it for yourself. This is a luxury lodge and a once in a lifetime experience for us so for anyone else wanting to tick off Safari from the bucket list and get it right the first time just go straight to Lions Sands - you will not be disappointed From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were treated like royalty and that service continued throughout our entire stay. Every member of staff adds to the personalised experience and nothing is too much trouble for anyone. The Chef even made us a local specialty Bobotie on request! Adelaide and Geoffrey were the best waiters and the Housekeeping left us notes every night! There were so many personal touches, campfire dinners, sunset drinks were some of the lovely surprises - everyone went above and beyond and we are truly grateful. We saw Hippos, Buffalos, Elephants, Monkeys and Crocodiles from the balcony of our suite and ticked off the big 5 by our second safari. I do have to give special mention to our guides and trackers who blessed our family with the most unbelievable encounters and left us pinching ourselves. We were a 3 generation family of 10 so we had 2 Guides - Ozy and Ruvan and 2 trackers Abriham and Heavi - absolute legends!!! Such great ambassadors for South Africa, so passionate about their job and so knowledgeable on all the wildlife. Our kids absolutely adored them and are already missing them all - we do hope one day we see them again! From the bottom of our hearts.....THANK YOU!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Might sound expensive but its worth every penny!
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Responded Jan 30, 2024
We are so pleased to hear that your experience at Lion Sands River Lodge was an exceptional one. Adelaide and Geoffrey are such dedicated butlers, both lovable and passionate, and always ready to assist with a smile. We are glad that they (together with our Chefs) made your dining experiences special. Ozy, Ruvan, Abriham and Heavi are truly a formidable team and their passion for the bush is tangible. Our people are truly the best and we will relay your wonderful message to them. We hope that you keep your wonderful memories of your time with us alive until your return. All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Brisboy64 wrote a review Jan 2024
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam55 contributions46 helpful votes
Great location, friendly staff who work as a team, great rooms and food. Our first experience in Africa and we are looking forward to more! Shout out to Pierre and Joe our safari guides. Their passion and respect for wildlife and the natural environment made the trip fabulous.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 27, 2024
We are so pleased to hear that your safari experience was an exceptional one. Pierre and Joe are an amazing team and their passion for the bush truly resonates. We will be sure to relay your wonderful message to them. It was our privilege to ensure that you had an amazing stay on your first trip to our beautiful country. All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Daniela Fernandes wrote a review Jan 2024
3 contributions4 helpful votes
My husband and I did 3 nights here for our honeymoon in January 2024. The weather was great during our stay thankfully! We Loved our experience here. We really enjoyed having Cruz and Lloyd with us on the game drives. They were so friendly, professional and educational. They made us feel calm, safe and always smiling. They really went the extra mile in our opinion. The food was incredible and very appreciated as well as the cleanliness of our room every time we walked in - and always fully stocked with the mini bar drinks! We absolutely loved the barbeque on our last night, the food, dancing and looking at the stars in the dark there was incredible. The only sad part was that we did not get a chance to book the treehouse for a night - that was my fault for not having done it in advance. Overall, we would love to come back soon & will definitely recommend to friends!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded Jan 20, 2024
Thank you for the kind words. One of our values is to always 'make it better' and we are grateful to our people, like Cruz and Lloyd, and all those in the background, who always aim to elevate the overall safari experience for our guests. So glad you enjoyed our boma dining evening, and the stargazing here is certainly incredible. Definitely a good reason to return for that treehouse evening. We hope to see you soon... All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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SBrotraveller11 wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom40 contributions19 helpful votes
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What can I say?! This trip to Lion Sands was life changing - I can’t express how amazing the team are here. It’s been a family owned business from the beginning - and you can tell - the whole team really care about your time here. From the welcome to the exit everything was five stars plus plus! Our butler Ntombe was wonderful. Our housekeeper Sindile was great with lovely handwritten notes on a lovely blackboard and just left our room immaculate. Chefs Susan and Connie never failed to deliver delicious meals - I could not fault one of them! Perfect every time. My spa treatment was first class. Honestly I can’t think of anything negative to say. I leave my last words for our amazing guide Kim and Tracker Joyce! The all female power house duo who worked hard for the five days we were there to allow us to experience some incredible sights - interactions with Elephants, Leopards and Lions. We got to see all big five but their journey with us went beyond that - snails fighting in the road, the smallest Chameleon, the tracks that suggested two mating Leopards and their determination to find them. and the finale of making us brave enough to go on a bushwalk! They opened my eyes and heart to a beautiful world I could never have imagined! Thank you Kim and Joyce - we will definitely be back to Lion Sands and hope to see you when we get there!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded Jan 15, 2024
Thank you so much. We know how blessed we are to work in this incredible wild space every day, and we love sharing all its magic with our guests. We are even more blessed to have such incredible people in our team who are truly passionate about what they do. We are so glad that all the special moments resonated with you and that you have memories to last a lifetime. We look forward to your return to create many more... All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Claudia B wrote a review Jan 2024
Canada1 contribution
This place is an experience of a lifetime!!!! Top notch in every way. Shaun our booking agent, did a perfect job with top class service before, during and after! Lions sands river lodge is stunning. Rooms are magnificent. Common areas are out of a magazine. The food is excellent. The game rides were more than you could wish for. The staff are wonderful. Special mention to Mendrew and Ranios, our guide and tracker who were beyond incredible, talented, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Also our server Lucky was delightful. I can’t recommend this place more. Not one single thing they could improve on.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jan 11, 2024
Wow, thank you so much. To hear nothing could be improved on is amazing, but of course we will continue to seek out authentic ways to ensure a stay with us is always an experience of a lifetime. We truly appreciate your kind words. Hope we shall see you out this way again for more safari magic. All the best, Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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abhi150581 wrote a review Jan 2024
Singapore, Singapore70 contributions79 helpful votes
We had the most amazing holiday with my family (2 adults and 2 kids aged 12 and 9) here. We stayed 3 nights and right from the safari to the rooms to the butler and courteous staff, we absolutely recommend the resort for exploring the big 5 and the amazing Bush, flora and fauna.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jan 5, 2024
Thank you so much for the kind review. It was our absolute pleasure to ensure your stay leaves you with memories to last a lifetime. We hope you have another Lion Sands safari planned. Kind regards Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Nicky B wrote a review Dec 2023
Durban, South Africa169 contributions79 helpful votes
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We spent 5 glorious nights at Lion Sands, River Lodge. The staff are enthusiastic, friendly and go above and beyond. They look after your every need and ensure that you have the best time possible. The entire team is dedicated to making sure everything is perfect. Special mention must go to Cruz and Lloyd who made our game drives memorable, fun and so interesting. They put an enormous amount of effort into each drive. We saw the big five on a number of occasions which was incredible. They work well as a team and it was a treat having them as our guides. The food was delicious with a wide variety to choose from on a daily basis. The quality of the dishes were superb. The accommodation was well appointed with all the luxuries you would expect. Very comfortable rooms, fully stocked mini bar, luxury bathrooms. There is nothing you could want for. We will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Fully equipped gym, spa to enjoy in your down time
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Responded Dec 16, 2023
Thank you so much. It was our absolute pleasure to ensure you have many unforgettable memories from your time at Lion Sands. We look forward to your next visit and creating more special moments.   Kind regards Gawie Grobler, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Anonymous_899 wrote a review Nov 2023
6 contributions2 helpful votes
From the moment we were picked up from Skukuza airport, to the moment we left Lion Sands River Lodge four days later, we had an amazing time. The lodge is beautiful, and the staff incredible. Everyone went the extra mile to make sure we had an amazing stay. The food and wine was delicious, and we were constantly surprised by the changing menu. The game drives were excellent. We spent lots of time observing the big five, and so much more. Lion Sands clearly cares about its impact on the environment and takes its role of caring for the land and the wildlife that live there very seriously. A special thank you to the team who helped make our experience so special, including Chanelle who assisted with our booking, Alice in the Creative Lab who helped us capture our game drives in photo, our butler Adelaide, and our game drive team Gino, Patrick and Harrison.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Nov 27, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind feedback and mention of our people who played a key role in your stay. We will be sure to acknowledge them. We are so pleased you had such a wonderful time with us at Lion Sands. Until next time... Kind regards Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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$1,727 - $2,739 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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lion sands river hotel sabi sand game reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkSabi Sand Game ReserveMala Mala Private Game ReserveSabie Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lion Sands River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lion Sands River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lapa Restaurant, Pool Bar & Viewing Deck, and Shilovo Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Lion Sands River Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lion Sands River Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lion Sands River Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lion Sands River Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lion Sands River Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lion Sands River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Lion Sands River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.