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
ABOUT LION SANDS RIVER LODGE
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.
ABOUT SABI SAND GAME RESERVE
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.
LION SANDS TREEHOUSE (SLEEP-OUT IN THE BUSH!)
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
Internet & telephone access
Wireless internet access in the public areas
Exclusive access to the perennial Sabie River
Family owned & managed since 1933