Lion Sands is an exceptional collection of beautifully located, intimate five star Lodges, including those of its recently acquired neighbour, Tinga. Private and extremely exclusive, the two nestle on each side of of the Sabie River in the south of the Greater Kruger. They share a particularly productive area for game, particularly the Big Five, caused by the perennial water offered at the confluence of two rivers. The Lodges either side of the river offer superlative levels of luxury and contrasting approaches and styles. A night in one of the three quite different tree houses cannot be beaten for bush experiences.
A special treat - the Kingston Treehouse
Image: Landon Eades
Image: Ashley Lewis
Twenty thatched Suites overlook the unfenced African bush, or the Sabie River. Each of the beautifully appointed Luxury Suites has bathroom en-suite, lounge area with mini bar, and wooden deck from which to appreciate the wilds beyond. This is what you have to look forward to:
The flagship Lodge of the Lion Sands and Tinga operation. Stunning both to look at and experience, the emphasis is on discreet and tailored service (you get a Butler). There are just six suites accommodating a maximum of twelve guests. Each is spacious and luxuriously appointed; the views are spectacular out on to the bush.
Our accommodation at Lion Sands River Lodge was luxurious and spacious offering scenic views of the Sabie River, where occasional animals would pass by, whilst maintaining our privacy.
The Lodge was unfenced, requiring guests to be escorted by security to and from their accommodation after dusk.
The bar area with fireplace is very inviting, and a comfortable place to sit by the fire after dinner when the temperature is a little cooler.
The catering offered an extensive menu with exceptional quality and quantity and the waiting staff were very attentive. The boma (fire pit) dinner made a nice change and gave us the opportunity to talk to the other guests that had accompanied us on our game drive along with our ranger, Landon, whilst not distracting us from our evening meal.
There was a greater concentration of wildlife than at other places we have been to, and the Big Five were seen many times, in only two days! Both Landon and tracker Eddie were well trained and kept us well-informed throughout the drives.
We particularly enjoyed the astronomy lesson as it was the first time we had visited the southern hemisphere and had not seen the Southern Cross before. Landon certainly knew his stuff and we were amazed when he pointed out the planets Mars and Venus along with other constellations.
The two infinity pools overlooking the Sabie River gave us the opportunity to watch for passing wildlife whilst lazing in the cooling water.
Janet M stayed with Kruger2Canyons.com at Lion Sands River Lodge and Tinga