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Lodges

The choice of Lodge at Lion Sands is dependent on personal taste and budget.

Our lodges are all situated on the perennial Sabie River, and offer our guests the pinnacle of African contemporary luxury. You choose the best fit, as each is as unique as the guest.

For those who enjoy utter exclusivity with never more than 20 other guests, and the privacy of a personal Villa with deck, lounge and pool, then we recommend Ivory Lodge.

Both Tinga Lodge and Narina Lodge afford exclusive accommodations, with private plunge pools and decks overlooking the Sabie River in the Kruger National Park. The styles of the lodges differ. Narina’s signature feature is its positioning within the trees, while Tinga is bolder in tone and décor.

On the 21st of June, 2017 at 04h00, Lion Sands River Lodge was razed to the ground by a fire. River Lodge is the origin of the Lion Sands safari – our soul safari. While her structure may have crumbled, her spirit could never be broken. Over the subsequent months, we’ve spent countless hours planning and designing our new River Lodge, which will be revealed on 1st May 2018.

Further information on each lodge is listed below.


IVORY LODGE: THE LIMITED EDITION SAFARI

Ivory Lodge has always been the understated jewel in the Lion Sands Game Reserve crown; a place where guests are in awe of her natural & simple beauty enhanced by the breathtaking views over the Sabie River. As travelling trends have changed, so has the style in which they are experienced and the time has come to take her into this new space where conspicuous consumption is giving way to more meaningful, personal and authentic travel experiences.

Each of the Villas takes its name from an indigenous bird. The Fish Eagle was Nick’s favorite and we feel, as in some traditional beliefs, that part of his soul stays with us through these birds found in abundance along the banks of the Sabie River. The Fish Eagle Villa takes pride of place in memory of him.

We’ve taken our cue from Mother Nature to create a lodge built ‘of the earth’, with natural materials which will only enhance the surrounding bush environment. The timeless design incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. A sophisticated mid-century architectural contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes – all of which combine to make Lion Sands Ivory Lodge an utterly sensory experience.

THE LODGE: QUICK FACTS

  • Ivory Lodge comprises of 8 Villas, and 1 Two-bedroom Villa.
  • All Villas occupy an elevated position overlooking the perennial Sabie River
  • Lodge facilities include a lounge, dining and relaxation space, with an expansive wooden deck overlooking the Sabie River.
  • A Wellness Centre incorporates a luxury spa and exercise facility.

THE VILLAS: QUICK FACTS

Each of the 8 Villas has been designed for privacy and optimum appreciation of the surrounding wilderness. Each Single Unit has;

  • Master bedroom with bathroom en-suite
  • Double volume wardrobe area
  • Outdoor shower in an indigenous garden forest
  • Private lounge area with fireplace
  • A private splash pool and expansive viewing deck, as well as a covered patio

THE TWO-BEDROOM VILLA: QUICK FACTS

The Double-Suite Fish Eagle Villa is comprised of two private Single Suites, connected by an entrance hall, lounge and study.

The Fish Eagle Villa also has:

  • Its own Chef (meals are prepared within the Villa’s kitchen)
  • An expansive deck and covered patio, with lap pool
  • A private fire deck
  • A star jetty for private enjoyment of the natural environment and vivid Milky Way above
  • A private wellness area (with double treatment rooms) and exercise facility
  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Accommodates a maximum of 6 people (4 adults & 2 children sleeping on a single bed within one of the master Suites)
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for
  • Free Wi-Fi

TINGA LODGE: YOUR CONTEMPORARY COLONIAL HOME

Just 9 Luxury Suites make the Tinga experience a personal one. Each has its own deck with plunge pool, and has been designed for maximum appreciation of the wild along the bank of the Sabie River.

The expansive 125m2/ 1344 ft2 Suites each have a lounge area, a double bed (convertible to twins), bathroom en-suite (the shower enjoys one of the most spectacular river views imaginable), air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe, mini bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and a range of deluxe amenities.

The two-bedroom Tinga Hi’Nkweni (pronounced Hing Kweni) Family Villa was completed in August 2017.  Click here to read more.

Quick facts:

  • Situated in a Private Concession within the Kruger National Park, affording guests with the unique opportunity of off-road safaris.
  • The Lodge enjoys panoramic views of the Sabie River
  • 9 Suites accommodate 18 guests (children of 10 years and older are welcome)
  • Two-bedroomed Tinga Hi’Nkweni Family Villa accommodates a maximum of 6 people in two bedrooms (4 adults and 2 children). Children of 6 and older welcome
  • Childrens’ activities and babysitting are available
  • Central Public Pool, and Private Plunge Pools
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
  • Full range of dietary preferences are catered for
  • Free Wi-Fi, in guest areas
  • Maximum number of guests per vehicle is 6
  • Private safari vehicles are available, subject to availability

NARINA LODGE: ORGANIC CHIC

Perched among a canopy of 100 year old trees overlooking the Sabie River, Narina Lodge’s 9 Luxury Suites each afford complete privacy. Whether guests choose to spend time at their private plunge pool, reclining on the couch in the lounge, lazing on their bed with a good book, or soaking in a bubble bath, they will not be cheated of the breathtaking panorama.

The expansive 125m2/ 1344 ft2 Suites also have a double bed (convertible to twins), bathroom en-suite, indoor and outdoor shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe, mini bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and a range of deluxe amenities.

Quick facts:

  • Situated in a Private Concession within the Kruger National Park, affording guests the unique opportunity of off-road safaris
  • The Lodge enjoys panoramic views of the Sabie River
  • 9 Suites for 18 guests
  • Children of 10 and older are welcome
  • Childrens’ activities are available, but babysitting is not
  • Family Rooms are available
  • Private plunge pools
  • Views of the Sabie River
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Not suitable for disabled travellers
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for
  • Free Wi-Fi (in guest areas)

RIVER LODGE: THE SOUL SAFARI

“And just as the phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.” [Anonymous]

On the 21st of June, 2017 at 04h00, Lion Sands River Lodge was razed to the ground by a fire. River Lodge is the origin of the Lion Sands safari – our soul safari. While her structure may have crumbled, her spirit could never be broken. Over the subsequent months, we’ve spent countless hours planning and designing our new River Lodge, which will be revealed on 1st May 2018. The mandate to our architectural design team was to take her to the next level, but not to change her distinctively authentic essence.

Our guests can expect a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with an emphasis on clean lines, optimised natural light and contemporary décor. Her living spaces will include a Safari Lounge and Bar; Barista’s Station with artisanal coffees; Gallery (showcasing the works of renowned local artists); and OneLife MORE boutique.

We are enhancing the dining experience by including her original traditional Boma ‘with a twist’; her signature Riverbed Dinners; deck dining, in the shade of the trees and overlooking the Sabie River. Breakfast will be redesigned as a home-styled experience.

Lodge facilities will include: a Spa; a main swimming pool area; a ‘Memory Lab’, where guests will be able to print their photographs on canvas; and a Firepit for sociable nocturnal gatherings beneath the stars. River Lodge’s accommodation configuration will change to 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites (each with its own plunge pool). One of the River Suites will comprise 2 bedrooms. All rooms are being refreshed.

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