Greater Kruger National Park » Sabi Sand Game Reserve » Lion Sands River Lodge


LOCATIONSabi Sand Game Reserve, MpumalangaPOOLYes - at the main area only
CHILD POLICYNo children under 10yrs allowedMALARIAYes (Low Risk Area)

  •   20 thatched Suites overlook the unfenced African bush, or the Sabie River.
  •   At River Lodge, you need not move far to appreciate extraordinary wildlife, or to marvel at the spectacular riverside view.
  •   Treehouse sleepout option.

rates & special offers
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04 July - 17 December 2018 Luxury Room R 6,822 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel
Superior Room R 7,500 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel
Luxury Room R 7,959 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
River Suite R 8,529 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel
Superior Room R 8,750 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
River Suite R 9,951 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings


Special Offers available on Request - please contact us on 
0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email 

*Surcharges & a minimum 3 night stay may apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends.

• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Two game drives in open Land Rovers per day, with qualified ranger & tracker
• Game drive refreshments & snacks
• Teas & coffees
• WiFi in public areas
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person rate for single accommodation.
• Children aged 10 - 15 years sharing with two full paying adults will pay less 50%.
• Children 16 years and older will pay the standard adult rate.
• A limited amount of inter-leading rooms are available at Lion Sands River, please discuss this with your BushBreaks consultant.
• Please note, there are limited rooms that can accommodate 3 guests (2 adults & 1 child on a sleeper-couch) a triple is therefore subject to availability.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• A Sabi Sand Gate entrance fee of R 280 per vehicle and R 120 per person is applicable and is payable directly at the Gate. Valid until further notice and subject to change.
• A Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 115.00 per person per night applies and will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)

5.5 hours by road from Johannesburg (Shaws Gate). Federal Air operates daily flights from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy game drive to the lodge. Daily scheduled flights to Nelspruit / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), followed by either a road transfer (1.5 hours) or light aircraft transfer to the lodge (20 minutes). A road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to the lodge will take approximately 3 hours.

20 Luxury thatched Suites 


Lion Sands River Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River. It faces due east, catching the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. There are 12 Luxury and 8 Superior Luxury thatched rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, are air-conditioned, have a mini-bar, telephone access and overhead fans. The rooms are linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways and all have private viewing decks. The Superior Luxury rooms are more spacious and have an outdoor shower.

Lion Sands River Lodge comprises the following: a private lounge and bar, 2 swimming pools, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, conference room, health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area. Lion Sands River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands. It is positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. The lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature & relaxation. It is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like home from home. Relax, enjoy and experience African hospitality at its finest... The lodge has recently undergone a major refurbishment.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve (southern Kruger National Park region), an area well known for its spectacular game viewing.

Lion Sands has exclusive access to the Sabie River. From its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range where it passes through the famous Mac Mac falls, the river through Lion Sands teems with wildlife. It is the definitive safari experience. The relatively cool riverbanks offer a brief respite from the relentless African sun. Splendid parades of animals pass through to quench their thirst at the water's edge. And eager predators wait patiently.

The name 'Sabie' comes from the Zulu 'eSaba', meaning 'afraid'. Both man and beast approach the river with care and respect. It is at once a sanctuary of life and a gripping display of survival. It is what visitors from all over the world come to experience: raw, untouched nature. In ancient days, the lush Sabie river basin was overrun by Africa's largest reptile, the Nile crocodile. Today, they bask in the shallows in slightly less numbers, still snapping their deadly jaws at any creature wading in close enough.

Of course, your safari cannot be complete without exposure to every facet of life in the bush. With the highly informative and holistic approach at Lion Sands, you will encounter all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insects to the mighty African elephant. Professionally qualified senior ecologists, rangers and tracking teams ensure that your personal safari experience not only meets but exceeds your highest expectations.


This reserve shares 50km of unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park and animals are at liberty to go wherever they wish - but they tend to stay right where they are! This is because the Sand River and Sabi River supply much needed water in the dry season and create an eco-system with one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Southern Africa. This is the reason why it is quite possible to see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant) as well as numerous other animals and birds in a couple of days, or even a couple of hours in Sabi Sand.

In each Tree House, a bush bedroom is set up to accommodate a single/sharing guest/s for the night with secure access and as many of the room comforts as are practically possible, mosquito net, mattress, linen, bedside table, toilet & bush vanity table.

The guests are given the option to either go out at sunset or after dinner depending on their personal preference. For those leaving at sunset a delicious picnic dinner will be packed for them, having the opportunity to spend the hours of dusk, relaxing, absorbing the beauty of the African bushveld as it transforms from day to night.

The Tree Houses are completely private & secluded allowing the guest the unique experience of being completely alone in the wilderness - an experience that few places in the world can truly offer. After the ranger has taken the guests to the Tree House & ensured that they are perfectly safe he will return to the Lodge (15 minutes away). As dawn breaks the guests will either be able to call the Lodge with their radio or await their collection by the Ranger at the pre-arranged time.

Chalkley Treehouse (maximum two pax)
ZAR 3,950.00 per person, per night sharing
valid until 30 April 2019

With views extending onto an open plain where you can watch the sunset over the African bushveld. The Tree house is built around a 500 year-old Leadwood Tree where the stars are your only canopy...
These experiences will never be forgotten, guaranteed to touch the soul, a memory that will last forever. (maximum of 2 people per Tree House).

Kingston Treehouse (maximum 4 Pax; two adults & two children)
ZAR 3,950.00 per person, per night sharing (children aged 10 – 15 pay 50% of the adult sharing rate)
valid until 30 April 2019

Constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. No matter what the weather has in store, you will have a safe and luxurious setting with a unique window to enjoy the ever-changing views. In fact, we defy you to find two identical African sunsets The 60m2 Treehouse is situated about 5 minutes from the main lodge, and you will have radio contact with the rangers, should you choose to. You will also find some cellphone reception; but don’t expect any wi-fi in the bush. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities, and Africology products to complete your sensory experience.

Please note, Treehouse rates are charged as an extra activity over and above the daily rate for accommodation at the respective Lion Sands lodges.


  • Two swimming pools
  • Communal lounge with fireplace
  • Lalamuka Health Spa
  • River deck
  • Curio shop
  • Boma
  • Conference room
  • Internet & telephone access
  • Wireless internet access in the public areas
  • Exclusive access to the perennial Sabie River
  • Family owned & managed since 1933



  • Take the N12/N4 highway from the Gauteng region towards Emalahleni (formerly known as Witbank), Middleburg and further on to Mbombela (Formerly known as Nelspruit). The route through the Schoemanskloof Valley, just after the Middleburg Toll Plaza, is the preferred one.
  • Upon arrival into Mbombela, follow the R40 from Mbombela through to White River and Rocky’s Drift and on to Hazyview.
  • At the T-junction between Kiepersol and Hazyview, turn left which will take you into the town of Hazyview.
  • At the traffic lights with a large shopping centre on the right hand side, turn right onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate.
  • After 38km turn left onto a gravel road which is signposted to Lion Sands.
  • Drive along the gravel road for approximately 4km. At the T-junction turn right and drive for a further 4km to Shaw’s Gate, the entrance to the Sabi Sand Reserve. Please remember, the animals have right of way. Should you encounter some of our residents on the road, enjoy the sight and allow them to pass before continuing along your route.
  • Follow the signposted route to Lion Sands.
  • After approximately 2km, turn right at the Lion Sands sign. There will be an open plain on the left hand side.
  • Follow the route to either River Lodge or Ivory Lodge.
  • You will encounter a control gate closer to the lodge. Please sign in. You are nearly at your destination.


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