Lion Sands Ivory Lodge


Top of Class


₤ 1,560 (Pps)


  • Romantic and contemporary
  • Some of the finest suites in Africa
  • Secluded setting on the Sabi River
  • Offers excellent game-viewing with an experienced ranger and tracking team

The award-winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a luxurious lodge, combining the best of African and European elegance. It lies on the banks of the Sabi River with magnificent views to the open sand banks of the Kruger National Park. The Lion Sands game reserve is situated in the southern part of the 65,000 ha Sabi Sand Game Reserve. In an area well known for its spectacular game viewing, being at the confluence of two major rivers. It has exclusive access to the Sabi river which runs through their private reserve attracting plenty of wildlife.


9 ultra-luxurious suites are huge (165 m² in size and positioned at least 20 meters apart). All have breathtaking views over the River, so that game viewing can be done from the luxury of your own private suite. The interiors have a contemporary, harmonious elegance, simple and uncluttered. Each has an en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower, courtyard, lounge with fireplace, wooden viewing deck, patio and private plunge pool. The bedroom & bathroom areas are air-conditioned with overhead fans, and telephone and internet access are also provided. The palatial Fish Eagle suite is huge and can be connected (via a discrete raised walkway) to a second suite to create a two bedroom private villa if you so wish.

The public areas at the lodge comprise a library lounge, bar with fireplace, wooden viewing deck, well stocked wine cellar, Lalamuka health spa and gym, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air boma dining area. The entrance area is separate to ensure that arriving and departing guests don’t have any impact on other guests relaxing at the lodge.

The Lions Sands focuses on sensitivity to the environment and complete privacy for its guests. Their safari philosophy is to offer an informative and holistic safari experience. Ensuring that all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insects to the mighty African elephant are viewed as a whole. The Sabi Sand game reserve is renowned for its exceptional Big Five game viewing given its rich soils which produce excellent grazing and browsing habitats. This attracts the plains game which in turn entices the predators, most notably lion and leopard. Morning and afternoon game drives are on offer along with interpretative bush walks accompanied by experienced ranger and tracking teams.

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Villa (one bedroom)

Each Villa sleeps two adults and is a peaceful refuge – with its own plunge pool and relaxation areas, including a dining/lounge area, furnished patio and viewing deck. A guest spa and fitness area is set away from the main lodge and Villas.


Fish Eagle Villa (two bedrooms)

Two en-suite bedrooms can sleep four adults and another two children, each on an extra single bed in their parents' rooms. All areas have been carefully designed to bring people together, or to give those wanting privacy their own generous space. An open-plan living room (including kitchen, dining and lounge area) leads out to the patio, firepit, viewing deck, lap pool, and star jetty. Downstairs, away from the shared spaces, you'll find a personal spa/gym.

The Villa also comes with its own personal chef, field guide and safari vehicle.


Lion Sands River Lodge review by Peter Bates

Lion Sands River Lodge is a really good family-friendly lodge (kids of 10 and over) with a great setting by the Sabie River. The traversing area seems to deliver really excellent game sightings, with leopard a regular highlight. The accommodation is nice and crisp, and includes some family units; the kitchen turns out excellent food with admirable efficiency; and the two swimming pools allow plenty of people to kick back in comfort.

  • The More (owners of Lion Sands) family are very keen on conservation – off-roading is only done for a known sighting (verified on foot by tracker most often) of key animals such as leopard & lion
  • Rooms seem excellent after the revamp, although they are quite close together
  • Food was excellent, and the service ultra efficient
Cedarberg : Peter Bates

Special offers


Stay 3 nights and honeymoon couples get 10% off their stay

Excludes: Festive season - 20 Dec to 3 Jan

VALID FROM 04/01/2023
VALID UNTIL 30/04/2025

'See More' - Safari & Cape Town Offer

Book 3 nights at More Safari lodges and receive two free nights at More Quarters Cape Town

Book 3 nights at one of the More Safari lodges (Lion Sands Narina or Tinga Lodge, Lion Sands River Lodge (but only until April 23), or Marataba Safari Lodge or Mountain Lodge) and receive two complimentary nights at More Quarters in Cape Town.  

Excludes: Excludes Festive season: 20 Dec to 3 Jan

Terms & Conditions: Limited to 2 rooms (4 people) per booking. Subject to availability of rooms. River Lodge only in offer until April 23

VALID FROM 04/01/2023
VALID UNTIL 30/04/2025


Accommodation in a suite with private lounge and plunge pool, three meals per day, teas/coffees, soft drinks, local brand beers and spirits & house wines (FIT’s ONLY), maxi bar in room (selected drinks & snacks), laundry, two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker, refreshments & snacks on game drives, specified inclusive safari activities (game drives, bush walks, hippo tour / riverbank walk, astronomy, wildlife lectures; bush breakfasts, picnic lunches & bush dinners, Henna Pre-school visit - Lion Sands community project)

Family Suitability

Doesn’t accept children

Malaria Rating

Low risk and/or seasonal malaria

Good For

Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine