• Swimming pool

Lion Sands River Lodge

A national park treasure

Occupying a magical setting under a canopy of ancient trees on the banks of the Sabi River, the Lion Sands River Lodge is in the perfect spot to to watch the sun rising over Kruger National Park. Refurbished in 2010, this family run lodge has 20 luxurious thatched rooms each with their own private viewing decks. Relax in one of the two swimming pools and enjoy indoor and outdoor dining and several viewing decks ideal for wildlife spotting. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

For an extra special, once in a lifetime experience, enquire about staying a night in one of the luxury tree house suites that are available; the Kingston Treehouse and the Chalkley Treehouse.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £2,999  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 942 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Two swimming pools
  • Luxury thatched rooms
  • Fantastic views over Kruger National Park
  • Viewing decks

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
  • Check-out Time:
  • 20 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 90 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Lion Sands River Lodge

  • National park
  • approx. 90 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
942 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 857
  • Very Good 55
  • Average 18
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 6

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Nov 04, 2019

Wonderful safari lodge

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Stayed at Lion Sands for 3 nights over October half term. We had a family suite with plunge pool. We were overwhelmed with the beauty of the hotel. Just stunning. Gorgeous location overlooking Sabi River. Wildlife roaming freely right in front of your room. Great staff - all super friendly. Special mention to Ruvan (game driver) and Juice (tracker) who were able to answer any question that we had. Such special memories of this place - none of us wanted to leave. My two sons say this was the best holiday they have experienced.
Oct 30, 2019

Memories to last a lifetime - When can I go back!

Haslemere, United Kingdom

My husband and I spent three nights at Lion Sands at the end of our South Africa trip to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We were anticipating this would be special so we wanted to end the holiday on a high and oh my goodness it so definitely did! Met at Skukuza by Sean, with friendly smiles in a very warm 40 degrees. We travelled the 20 minutes to the lodge in a very comfortable Land Rover. We were blown away by the amazingly spacious room ( River Suite 2) Beautiful decor, personalised message on the bed, very large bathroom and full floor to ceiling windows with fantastic views out to the bush and Sabie river. Loads of seating on the verandah with a generous size plunge pool. Oh a did I mention the incredibly generous mini bar ( champagne, gin, whiskey, vodka and full size bottles of wine. In fact you don't really have time to drink much!) An hour later we were on our first game drive and it did not disappoint, seeing a lioness, warthog, wildebeest, impala and a crocodile at the watering hole whilst drinking a sundowner from the viewing room there. A quick change and then we were invited to a traditional BOMA evening, a kind of South African BBQ with wonderful food and serenaded by a ladies choir singing traditional songs. The next day was a real highlight, a 5 o'clock wake up call and out to the meeting area where you could grab a quick drink and some amazing freshly baked treats. On the road by 5.30 and we saw so many animals that morning, in fact that day we saw all the Big 5 and even a pack of Wild Dogs (painted wolves) with around 12 puppies devouring an impala. So the game drives were made so much more enjoyable by our field guide Aidan and the tracker Eddy, who both had such amazing knowledge of animals, birds, the area, there wasn't really any question they could not answer, we learnt so much! We enjoyed an outdoor breakfast at the nearby Ivory Lodge, watching elephants in front of us by the river. A special shout out to Eurence our assigned 'butler' for the duration who attended our table each breakfast and dinner, always smiling. In fact this is one thing that was really special, all the staff were so warm and friendly and always smiling. The guests we met on the trip, joining us for each game drive were so lovely and we enjoyed their company very much. I can be totally honest and say I have never felt emotional about leaving a place, but here we felt really sad to leave, thank you to everyone for making this special holiday, SO special.
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Lion Sands River Lodge




A gym can conveniently be found at the lodge, allowing you to keep fit on your trip.

Swimming pool

Two Swimming Pools

Take a dip in one of the lodge's two swimming pools.


River Lodge Spa

Indulge in a treatment at the River Lodge Spa for ultimate relaxation.

MORE Safari Boutique

A range of beautiful items can be bought at the lodge's boutique.

Lion Sands River Lodge

Room Types


Luxury Suite

All luxury suites come with 66 square metres of living space comprised of a spacious bedroom and bathroom and their own wooden viewing deck. Mosquito nets are provided, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV in publis areas. Your bathroom is fitted with a shower and your bedroom features a fireplace and personal bar.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone

Superior Luxury Suite

Superior Luxury Suites are larger and have direct Sabie River frontage. Mosquito nets are provided, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV in public areas. Your bathroom is fitted with a shower and your bedroom features a fireplace and personal bar. For your added comfort, an outdoors shower is also provided.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone

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