Best of the best

Unparalleled safari adventure, bridging the majestic wilderness of South Africa's Sabi Sands and the iconic Kruger National Park.

Discover Lion Sands: Four lodges, endless adventure, and the luxury of the wild at your doorstep.

5-star Lodges


The soul of Lion Sands, River Lodge offers a tranquil retreat along the Sabie River. It's known for its warm hospitality, luxurious rooms, and exceptional game viewing. The lodge blends traditional African design with contemporary luxury, featuring expansive decks for wildlife watching, relaxing lounges, and an inviting spa.


Renowned for its modern and sophisticated design, Ivory Lodge provides an ultra-luxurious experience with individual villas offering complete privacy. Each villa boasts its own plunge pool and viewing deck, providing an intimate setting for observing the wilderness. The lodge emphasizes personal service and exceptional comfort, catering to those seeking an exclusive safari experience.


These sister lodges, located in a private concession in the Kruger National Park on the banks of the Sabie River, offer an intimate and serene safari experience. With only a few suites at each lodge, guests enjoy privacy and personalized service. The suites are designed to blend into the surrounding nature, with large windows and outdoor showers that allow guests to feel connected to the wild. Both lodges are celebrated for their romantic ambiance and exceptional game viewing opportunities.

Unique Location

Lion Sands Game Reserve holds a unique position as the only reserve that spans both the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa. This distinctive placement provides guests with an unparalleled safari experience across two of Africa's most prestigious wildlife sanctuaries. Each lodge within Lion Sands leverages its location to offer a distinct connection to the wild.


These lodges are nestled within the Sabi Sand part of Lion Sands, capitalizing on the intimate and exclusive wildlife encounters for which Sabi Sand is famous. These lodges offer luxurious accommodations with exceptional views of the surrounding wilderness, where the dense concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, roam freely. The lodges' proximity to the Sabie River enhances game viewing opportunities, as many animals are drawn to this vital water source.


These two lodges are situated within the Kruger National Park boundary of Lion Sands, offering guests a safari experience immersed in one of Africa's largest and most diverse game reserves. The Kruger setting allows for expansive game drives across vast landscapes, showcasing a wide variety of ecosystems and the chance to observe a broader spectrum of wildlife in their natural habitats. The lodges' locations on the banks of the Sabie River provide a serene backdrop and contribute to the rich biodiversity of the area.

Wildlife & Activities

Experience the essence of the African wilderness at Lion Sands Game Reserve, where the majesty of the Big 5 and the allure of untamed nature converge with luxury and exclusive adventures across our four unique lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park.


Dive into the heart of the bush with our expert-led game drives, offering intimate encounters with Africa’s most iconic wildlife. For a closer connection with nature, embark on guided bush walks or serene river tours along the Sabie River, revealing the hidden wonders of the ecosystem.


Elevate your safari with our treehouse sleepouts under the star-studded sky, specialized photographic safaris capturing the spirit of the wild, and engaging cultural visits that offer a glimpse into the rich heritage of the local communities.


Our bush dinners and breakfasts blend exquisite cuisine with the breathtaking beauty of the wilderness, making every meal a moment to remember.Join us at Lion Sands Game Reserve for a safari experience that marries the thrill of adventure with the tranquility of nature, all set within the spectacular backdrop of South Africa’s most renowned wildlife reserves.

Location and getting there

Firstly, we'll handle everything including your lodging, flights and transfers!

The most convenient lodges to travel to are Tinga Lodge and Narina Lodge which are a mere 5-minute drive from Skukuza Airport (SZK), making them the most easily accessible luxury lodges in South Africa.  Have breakfast at your hotel in either Cape Town or Johannesburg and arrive at Lion Sands in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

The other lodges are also nearby commercial airports.

Feel free to reach out for more details.

Our 5-star service

Place your enquiry. Be sure to include number of travelers, dates and whether you require flights and/or transfers

Our resident expert will liaise with you directly to coordinate all the details of your trip.

You'll receive a provisional booking via email. Complete payment and you're ready to travel!

Meet Dolan, our resident expert

Dolan has extensive knowledge of all the Lion Sands lodges in South Africa.

He'll help you book your trip at the same rate as going direct and will also manage all flights and transfers required for your safari.
He's available on WhatsApp for fastest response.

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For the fastest response, feel free to also get in touch with Dolan on WhatsApp.
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March 25, 2024
Very prompt in reply and provided good…
Very prompt in reply and provided good advise re safari lodges. Smooth process throughout.
Geoff Parker
March 24, 2024
Great service from Dolan
Dolan sorted everything for us so efficiently (working in our timezone!) and made the process really smooth for us. It was a great customer experience!
Courtenay Mansel
March 24, 2024
Thanks Dolan for arranging the best…
Thanks Dolan for arranging the best safari experience for us!
Cindy Png
March 24, 2024
Fantastic service
Dolan is an awesome and helpful person. Super good service!
March 24, 2024
Good job Dolan
We are a big group of 12 travelling together and it’s not an easy task to arrange Safari lodge. Dolan tried his best and booked two amazing lodges. We enjoy the stay, game drive and food. Dolan is also responsive with answering our queries and pleasant to deal with. If we ever come back South Africa again, we surely will engage his service. Keep in touch!
Echo Bi
March 24, 2024
Dolan the best Safari planner!
Dolan has been so helpful and he made our first-time Safari experience to be so memorable. He planned our trip really well, giving useful suggestions to our itinerary in switching safaris to try different lodges so as to maximize our experience. We also made last-minute requests to change flights and he was able to accommodate and is responsible to message with us and follow up with our changes even late into the night. Great service and planning!! Thanks Dolan :)
Shannah See

Intimate luxury at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

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