Lion Sands River Lodge

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Lion Sands River Lodge

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Lion Sands River Lodge is a spectacular lodge located on the private Lion Sands Game Reserve. Set on the Sabie River, Lion Sands River Lodge offers spectacular riverside views from the comfort of your room and in the main area of the lodge.


  • Sophisticated traditional safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Light and bright contemporary décor
  • Lion Sands River Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a luxury big 5 safari adventure.

You should know

  • Children aged 10 years and older are welcome at the lodge and are permitted on game drives.
  • Children's activities and childminding services are available.

The detail

Lion Sands River Lodge is a spectacular lodge located on the private Lion Sands Game Reserve. Set on the Sabie River, Lion Sands River Lodge offering spectacular riverside views from the comfort of your room and in the main area of the lodge.

Lion Sands Game Reserve is family owned and managed, with each lodge providing a "home away from home" ambiance. It is also unique because it is the only reserve in South Africa to offer a safari in both the Sabie and Sand River ecosystems.

Accommodation at River Lodge is provided in 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms, and 4 River Suites. Each room boasts en-suite bathrooms, mini bars, air-conditioning and overhead fans.

Price includes

  • Luxury accommodation, all meals, Skukuza airport road transfers, local branded beverages, and safari activities.
  • Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our Agents for the best, most current rates available.
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Rates & Pricing

$ 1100 USD
$ 1100 USD
SPECIAL - Great news, you appear to be from a SADC country and can enjoy the discounted rate shown!
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
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Outstanding lodge, wonderful staff who go out of their way to please and cater to your needs. excellent food. Rooms and decor were stunning. Property is really beautiful. Beyond our expectations. Would return in a heartbeat!
Just returned from an amazing trip to Lions Sands where we were treated to a guest experience that was BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL. Got to see the Big 5 within our first 48 hours but then were privileged to see lionesses with the cubs, a leopard drinking/stalking at night, a pack of wild dogs and so many other experiences that it borders on unbelievable. We are also treated to a final night appearance by a family of elephants who came to the lodge and decided to dine right alongside all the guests as we ate dinner. We also chose to stay in the Kingston Treehouse and it was an incredible experience that we couldn't recommend highly enough!! The job that Ronnie, Patricia and their team does to make guests feel welcome and take care of their every possible need is world class no matter how you rate it. The guides are all TOP KNOTCH and the Game Trackers are equally exceptional. Special thanks to Stanley, Abraham, Bongi and Paul for taking such great care of us during our honeymoon. If you're looking for the best possible safari experience out there ... Lion Sands is it!!!
Five star lodge. It exceeded my expectations for my first trip to South Africa. It had lovely staff, excellent food, outstanding service, a nice spa. The staff (especially Advice, Nyahti & Tony) were amazing.
My wife and I stayed at Lion Sands River Lodge in December 2014 as part of a 2 week holiday in South Africa.We were met by Mike, our ranger at the airport and taken back to River Sands. We quickly checked in and were shown to our Cabin. The rooms are spacious and well equipped with air conditioning and a fan and of course mosquito netting.Our 3 night trip included 2 drives a day and we literally saw everything we wanted to see. The cars are comfortable and offer good visibility.Food and drinks were all included and a good choice was offered for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.This probably isn't the most luxurious Lodge to stay in but it more than sufficed. The staff were accommodating and helpful.
We stayed at Lion Sands Tinga for two nights and then Lion Sands River Lodge for two nights including one night in a tree house.Lion Sands River Tinga-- At LS Tinga, Jason, our guide, was absolutely wonderful as a driver and certainly a wealth of knowledge! We saw the big five as well as monkeys, birds, and other animals at every turn in the road, His love of the countryside was apparent by the respect he showed to the environment as well as the animals. He explained so much about what we were experiencing and continually described animal behaviors, and heartwarming stories. We are so happy he enjoys his work so much. After going to several other parks in Kenya, Tanzania as well as South Africa, he was the one we would love to tour with again. His driving is also amazingly comfortable. The spacious, well-appointed room and private plunge pool was delightful as well. The food was good, with enough selections that we were never hungry. Plenty of snacks and mini bar in the room, too. Saw elephants and hippos as well as other animals from our covered patio and pool. Wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the facilities as much as we did the safari drives. We talked to two parties that enjoyed their nights in the tree house at Tinga, too. We experienced that at the Lion Sands River Lodge.Lion Sands River Lodge: Fabulous place to stay. It was so dreamy and we felt so pampered. Saw the big five during our four game drives with Nyada and came home with wonderful photos. One night we were dropped off at the Chalkley's Tree house at sunset to spend the night under the stars miles from any other humans. We drank champagne and watched the sunset with close to a hundred impala in the distance. The moon set early so we had a truly magical night of stargazing as I have never seen before. During the night we heard hippos and some type of leopards or lions. A huge dinner as well as coffee and pastries was provided before we were picked up at 6:30 a.m. for the morning game drive. It certainly was a memory and unbelievable luxurious experience.
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Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
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