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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:

There are never more than six people on a game drive vehicle here. The main area includes an open plan lounge and dining area, and two swimming pools. Family Rooms are available including 2 interleading rooms. Children of 10 and older welcome, with kids’ activities and baby sitting available. Suitable for disabled travellers travelling with assistance. A full range of dietary preferences is catered for.

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.

Swimming here is in your suite's private plunge pool. Central amenities include an open plan lounge and dining area. The whole Lodge can be reserved for one party. Quite a party that should be... Children of 10 and older are welcome and Family Rooms are available, as are kids' activities and baby sitting. Suites are suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance). A full range of dietary preferences catered for.


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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 at Lion Sands River Lodge and Tinga

Highly recommended

  • Fantastic game viewing, excellent Guides and superlative luxury
  • We recommend enjoying both the Sabi Sand property and Lion Sands' private concession at either Tinga or Narina Lodges opposite, just along the Sabie river. As one of our favourite combinations of Lodges, they come highly recommended as a pairing (4-6 nights).

Don't miss

  • Sleeping out in any (or all) of the three out-of-this-world tree houses