At a Glance
This collection of five lodges is fourth-generation family-run and straddles South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park.
- Choice of five riverside lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve or Kruger National Park
- Fourth-generation family ownership
- Sleeping under the stars on a platform high in a tree
A family-run operation since 1933, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve has expanded over four generations and today includes five lodges and three treehouses in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and neighboring Kruger National Park.
In Sabi Sands, sprawling River Lodge is largest of the properties, comprising 20 thatch-roof suites with private decks (no plunge pools) and outdoor showers, plus a gym, spa and communal pool. More intimate and luxurious Ivory Lodge has just six villa-size suites done up in a sleek black and white, all with private infinity pools overlooking the Sabi River. For small groups and families, 1933 Lodge is Lion Sands’ exclusive-use option, designed with a kid-favorite eight-bunk dorm room, four further suites and Sabi River views.
Crossing Sabi Sand’s southwestern border into the sprawling Kruger National Park, Tinga Lodge conceals nine open-plan suites within its own 12,000-acre concession, while Narina Lodge is a nature-focused hideaway of just nine suites built on stilts beneath 100-year-old trees.
Wherever you sleep, days at Lion Sands include the primetime game viewing morning and evening drives (bird lovers should visit between October and April), group meals and high tea and spa treatments on request.
Who Should Stay
First-time safari goers; multigenerational families; fans of an easy-to-book city-to-safari package.
Written by Nikki Ridgway