The Sabi Sands Lion Sands River Lodge in South Africa is an exclusive luxury lodge set on the banks of the Sabie River in Kruger National Park. This homey retreat offers the same activities and nuances as its more intimate Ivory Lodge sister property, but it is perfectly suited for families who wish to share the safari experience with their children.

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The Sabi Sands Lion Sands River Lodge in South Africa is a luxury lodge designed to replicate the feeling of being home, but within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Owned and operated by fourth generation owners, the More family, Lion Sands River Lodge retains all of the exclusive amenities of its more intimate sister property, Ivory Lodge, while adding more family friendly facets for those looking for a home-away-from home atmosphere.

Lion Sands River Lodge includes 20 thatched rooms, each with incredible bush or river views. Rooms boast en suite bathrooms, lounge areas with minibars, and expansive wooden decks from which to appreciate the all-encompassing wild, while six luxury suites have the added benefits of outdoor showers and interconnectivity for larger families. Two River Suites serve as the epitome of exclusivity, set away from the public areas for more privacy within the bush.

The main lodge at Lion Sands River Lodge is a cozy communal area outfitted with every amenity one might desire in the bush, including a full gym, two swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor dining experiences, a lovely gift boutique, and personalized spa treatments. Twice daily game drives and hands-on bush activities are the staple of the Lion Sands River Lodge experience, with children’s activities available upon request. The philosophy of the safari at Lion Sands is to deliver a consistently professional, informative, and holistic safari experience, ensuring that all spheres of the eco-system, from the small insects to the mighty African elephant, are covered in as much detail as the guest may require. The senior ecologist, ranger, and tracker teams at Lion Sands have been carefully selected to make certain that the safari experience will not only meet but exceed the highest expectations.

Ivory Sands Tree Houses

For a luxurious and romantic night under the stars, a stay in one of the Lion Sands Tree Houses is a must. The Chalkley Tree House is on the original site where Guy Aubrey Chalkley once set up his camp in a leadwood tree to escape predators roaming the plains below. Situated five minutes from Ivory Lodge, the chic Kingston Tree House is constructed from wood and glass with contemporary décor in understated hues of gray, white, black, and purple. The Tinyeleti Tree House is set on the banks of the Sabie River and can accommodate four people, including children. It’s an open-air tree house that is filled with the sounds of life below. Each tree house at Lions Sands has all the comforts of a five star safari lodge and is an experience that can’t be missed. 

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