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Lion Sands River Lodge
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Absolutely wonderful stay The knowledge of Michael our guide and Joe our tracker was outstanding. It was great to do the extra bush walk and to visit the hippos. We saw the big 5 plus wild dogs and a cheetah. We had our sun downer drinks and snacks in the company of a hyena. The rooms and the food were excellent and our butler Jeffrey was very helpful. I would certainly recommend this lodge to all.

Room Tip: All rooms were super.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed at the Lions Sands River Lodge as part of a Lion World Gourmet trip and it was wonderful. Our room was delightful, service fantastic and food plentiful and great. Perhaps the most exciting and wonderful part were the game drives every morning and evening. Our Ranger Ale and our tracker Noel knew exactly where to go and we managed to see the Big Five on the first day. The sundowners and the morning coffee in the bush are not to be missed and the braai (barbecue) in the bush was wonderful and yummy! We even had a cooking class making traditional South African potjieko over an open fire and then ate what we made for dinner that evening! Service was great including escorts to our rooms every evening on the watch for possible animals in the camp.The rooms are beautiful and luxurious and this was an amazing experience.

Room Tip: All are good--a few larger than others but all are great with a view of the river and animals wander...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

What an experience! The game drives were superlative here. We had stayed in other lodges in private reserves in South Africa but this was the best one by far. It is worth the money even though it was a major splurge for us. The knowledge of the guides and rangers were unmatched. The comfort of the rooms, the jeeps, and the common area was excellent. The food for every meal was great. The service was excellent as well. I honestly can't say anything bad about the lodge even though I did struggle when originally booking it based on the cost. Note: If you are booking on your own ask about air transfers and road transfers as there is an airport nearby and that will save you a lot of car time. Also we had Tristan as our guide and I would highly recommend him.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

December 2013 we traveled to Zimbabwe and S. Africa, this trip will go down in our travel history as one of the most unforgettable, exciting, exotic and fabulous destinations we have ever visited. The River Lodge at Sabi Sands was just AMAZING! Truly a very unique place in the world. The service, the staff, the food, the location was all around perfect. Everything surpassed our highest expectations. If ever had the chance to go back, I would not hesitate to stay there again. Loved every minute of it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We were 4 and stayed. 4days. Excursions went out at 5 am and about 4 pm. We saw all of the big 5 and were very close to all, ESP lions feasting on a giraffe. Great guides and experience. Lodging was 5 star and service great. Recommend highly

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Was there May 2012, came alone after a riding safari and felt right at home.
It is better to come with a friend or your partner as this is a luxury lodge and there are mostly couples.

Great driving and walking rides with some excellent guides and trackers.
Great food and accommodation.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We spent 4 nights at Lion Sands and every minute was spectacular. Within the first 5 minutes of arriving and stepping out onto our private patio, we witnessed 2 male hippos charging out of the water and up on to the bank. It was quite a sight.

We were amazed at how close we were able to get to the animals. Cape buffalo, rhinos, giraffes, nala and of course impala were just a few of the animals we saw close up. We had lions walking and lying right beside our jeep and a herd of elephants calmly grazing right around us. Tristen our guide was exceptional (the best of our 3 week trip). He was very informative and had lots of stories specific to the individual animals. In addition to the safaris Tristen took us out for a bush walk and a drive to specifically see hippos lounging in the river. We particularly liked the 2 vehicle rule for the private reserve. This way when an animal or group of animals is spotted you don't have 10 vehicles surrounding it. Much more respectful of the animal and more enjoyable for the guests.

The accommodations were wonderful, the food was delicious and service was great! We would definitely recommend staying at least 3 nights so you don't miss the traditional boma dinner. Our stay here exceeded all our expectations. The only warning we have is watch out for the monkeys - we had a very entertaining lunch one afternoon watching them swoop down from the trees above and steal bread right off the tables.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve | (Shaw's Gate Entrance), Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,584 - $3,451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Lion Sands River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned since 1933, this international award winning private game reserve spans across the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Lion Sands has four lodges; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge & Lion Sands River Lodge (Sabi Sand) and Lion Sands Tinga Lodge & Lion Sands Narina Lodge (Kruger Park). Each has a unique style, but is a reflection of Lion Sands' five-star signature of sophisticated interiors, unique experiences and service excellence. ... more   less 
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