Lion Sands Game Reserve

A private game reserve that straddles the border between the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park

Four luxury lodges, each with a different style and all the height of luxury

Home to the famous Lion Sands Treehouses offering guests an exceptionally memorable safari experience

Facilities at Lion Sands Game Reserve

Air Conditioning
Boutique Shop
Game Drives
Plunge Pools
Swimming Pool

When to go to Lion Sands Game Reserve



Ivory Lodge: Located within the Sabi Sand side of the Lions Sands Reserve, this contemporary-style lodge is built of timber, glass, concrete and steel and melds charmingly into the landscape. Its eight one-bedroom Villas and one two-bedroom family Fish Eagle Villa offer unparalleled luxury in a peaceful refuge. Each has a private lounge, plunge pool, and viewing deck. Fish Eagle Villa, in addition, incorporates a private spa and gym, lap pool, firepit deck and stargazing jetty, and comes with a butler, personal chef, field guide, and private safari vehicle.

River Lodge: Also located within the Sabi Sand side of the Lions Sands Reserve, River Lodge is a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with an emphasis natural tones, light and airy spaces, and décor that is a mixture of the contemporary and traditional. The lodge has a wonderful home-away-from-home feel and comprises eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms, and four private River Suites further away from the main lodge – each with their own private plunge pool, and one with a second children’s bedroom. There is also a swimming pool by the main lodge area.

Tinga Lodge: Set on the Kruger Park side of the reserve, Tinga Lodge is a contemporary take on the colonial-style homestead. It captures the romance of the pioneer days, but bringing considerably more luxury to the style. Its nine Suites and one two-bedroom Hi’Nkweni Villa occupy private spots along the riverbank. Each has its own viewing deck and pool, in addition to the main pool and deck at the lodge. Hi’Nkweni, being entirely self-contained, also comes with a butler, personal guide, and private safari vehicle.

Narina Lodge: Also on the Kruger Park side, Narina Lodge is perched on stilts amongst a canopy of 100-year-old trees, reflecting its organic surroundings with a peaceful and serene atmosphere. The main lodge connects to the nine separate Suites via a raised wooden walkway, and each suite is built to take advantage of the river views from its private pool and deck, as well as from the suite's bedroom and bathroom.

One of the most iconic features of the Lion Sands Game Reserve are the treehouses; Kingston Treehouse, Chalkley Treehouse and Tinyeleti Treehouse. These are the ultimate bush bedrooms for the romantic or the adventurer. Each of the treehouses is constructed safely high above the ground, and guests arrive at sunset to a scrumptious picnic dinner, before settling down to watch the sunset on the horizon and the bush come alive with the sounds of the night around them. It is the perfect spot for some unforgettable stargazing or simply a night that will give you memories to last a lifetime. 

Lion Sands Game Reserve is the only private reserve that is rooted in both of South Africa's most renowned wildlife reserves; The Sabi Sand Reserve and The Kruger National Park. This vast wilderness is home to a huge wildlife population including the Big Five and countless other species. Animals pass unhindered between the unfenced reserves and having access to these phenomenal wildlife habitats offers guests exceptional game viewing opportunities. The Lion Sands Kruger National Park is one of only seven private concessions in the park, encompassing 12,500 acres of pristine wilderness that is accessible only to guests of the Lion Sands lodges. All four lodges are set along the Sabie River, in prime positions for witnessing the animals coming down to drink. 

The lodges are easily accessed as they are all within a short drive of Skukuza Airport, which can be reached via direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, ensuring guests domestic travel is kept to a minimum. 

The Lion Sands Game Reserve is truly a labour of love and this can be felt in every aspect of each of the lodges. Lions Sands is family owned and operated and the family's grandfather was one of the founders of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve when it was established in 1948. The treehouse are truly iconic and offer an experience unlike any other in Africa, and certainly not one to be missed. 

Children over the age of 10 are welcome (children of all ages are welcome in the Fish Eagle Villa). Childminding is available at an additional cost. 

Each safari vehicle seats 6 guests. Fish Eagle Villa comes with its own safari vehicle. Guests can also book a private vehicle at an additional charge. 

Guests staying at Ivory Lodge or River Lodge can book either Chalkley Treehouse and Kingston Treehouse at an additional charge of R3,950 per person sharing per night. 

Guests staying at Tinga Lodge or Narina Lodge can book Tinyeleti Treehouse at ad additional charge of R3,950 per person sharing per night. 

Stays at Lion Sands Game Reserve are on a fully inclusive basis; including all meals, soft drinks, a selection of beers, spirits and wines, twice daily game drives, game drive drinks and snacks, Skukza Airport transfer, WiFi, bush walks, stargazing, wildlife lectures, bush meals, Henna Pre-School visit.

Game Drives
Bush Walks
Treehouse Sleepouts
Bush meals
Wildlife lectures
Hippo experience
Local school visit