Experiences

It is our singular mission to ensure that our guests leave with incredible memories that will last a lifetime (and will keep them coming back). We have achieved this through designing carefully thought out experiences that move beyond the ordinary.


SAFARI

Naturally Lion Sands is all about the safari. Guests have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife while preserving the balance of our “bushveld” in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit us. Excitement rides high in discovering an intensely wild yet awe-inspiring adventure every day. The anticipation of rising before dawn to set off through the early morning mists in search of the day’s game is unforgettable and humbling at the same time.


BUSH WALKS

The bush takes on a completely different perspective when you are on foot. Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1½ to 2 hours, depending on the fitness level of guests. In summer, due to the heat, walks may be incorporated into the morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for breakfast


TREEHOUSES

The Lion Sands Treehouses are the ultimate bush bedrooms. Arrive at sunset to a scrumptious picnic dinner, and spend the hours of dusk fully appreciating the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night. Slumber directly beneath the Milky Way where you may well lose count of the shooting stars.

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HONEYMOON

The business of romance is something we take seriously. We understand that the key elements when on honeymoon include privacy & exclusivity, luxurious comfort, relaxation, good food, incredible photographic opportunities, and being utterly pampered. We check all of these boxes, and then some!

Our special treat to honeymooners

  • A romantic ‘turn down’
  • A surprise gift
  • A bottle of sparkling wine

FAMILY

We are all about family at Lion Sands. We are well versed in the art of designing a very special safari experience that will unite a family through unique collective memories. A special children’s programme will appeal to the younger safari enthusiast.

Quick facts for families with younger children:

  • Children of 10 and older welcome
  • Children aged between 10 and 15 pay 50% of adult rate
  • Children’s meal menus and activities available
  • Babysitting service available, at a nominal fee
  • 2 x triple family rooms available (with sleeper couch) at River, Tinga and Narina Lodges
  • Interleading rooms available at River Lodge.
  • 6 guests per Landrover
  • Private safari vehicles may be arranged at an additional fee. Subject to availability

SPA AND WELLNESS

Each of the Lodges at Lion Sands has an Africology Spa Therapist on site. A range of body, skin and grooming treatments are available – best enjoyed in the quiet hours between game drives.

The expert therapists, combined with being in the most natural of environments, promise a wellness experience that will utterly relax the body, quiet the mind and rejuvenate the spirit.


CUISINE

The foodie will find fresh produce prepared in imaginative, tasteful and artful ways in a number of spectacular settings.


WEDDINGS

We have hosted both intimate and larger safari weddings at Lion Sands, so we know what a memorable setting they are for that special occasion. We take our responsibility as custodians of such a memorable event really seriously, and will literally move heaven and earth to ensure that every detail is perfectly organised, and every need met.


SUGGESTED DAILY PROGRAMME

Summer:

05h00: Wake-up call
05h30: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
08h30: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
16h00: High tea
16h30: Game drive departs
19h30: Game drive returns and dinner follows

Winter:

06h00: Wake-up call
06h30: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
09h30: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
15h30: High tea
16h00: Game drive departs
19h00: Game drive returns and dinner follows

* Summer is from September to April, while Winter is from May to August