The Experience

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

Family owned and managed since 1933, this International Award Winning private game reserve is located in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It stretches for kilometers along the perennial Sabie River which forms its natural boundary with the Kruger National Park. The land, which has been owned and managed by the More Family for four generations, is a place of rarity and carries with it a passion which can only be instilled by a great family history. Lion Sands has three different Lodges, Lion Sands River Lodge; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and Lion Sands 1933, each with their own unique style and experience. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is one of More Hotels South Africa.

Uniqueness of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

  • Family Owned & Managed since 1933
  • Exclusive traversing within the reserve which is private to Lion Sands guests only
  • The Reserve is located on the Sabie River, the only perennial river in the Sabi Sand Reserve
  • Unique programme of activities for guests to tailor-make their stay including the famous Treehouse Experience

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature and relaxation. It is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like you very own private safari home. All bedrooms were completely rebuilt and refurnished in April 2010, now offering a more luxurious and spacious bedroom. The experience is sincere with a genuine commitment by each member of staff to ensure that your time on safari will be the highlight of your visit to Southern Africa. Relax and enjoy some of Africa’s finest hospitality.

12 Luxury Rooms and 8 Superior Luxury Rooms with en-suite bathrooms; 2 swimming pools; Communal lounge with fireplace; Outdoor safari lounge; Air-conditioning & overhead fans; Health spa & gymnasium; River deck; 6 guests per Land Rover; Curio shop; Indoor & outdoor dining areas incl. Boma; Satellite television; Internet connectivity, WiFi & telephone access.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

This experience is a leader in Southern Africa for its location, privacy and simple yet elegant interiors. The suites operate as private villa’s catering for guests who wish to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a setting which will exceed the highest of expectations. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is the jewel in the More Family collection of private lodges at Lion Sands.

6 ultra luxurious suites with en-suite bathroom; Private plunge pool; Private  lounge with fireplace; Air-conditioning & overhead fans; Wine cellar; Health spa & gymnasium; 6 guests per Land Rover; Curio shop; Indoor & outdoor dining areas incl. Boma; Library lounge with satellite television; Internet connectivity, WiFi & telephone access.

Lion Sands 1933

Nicholas and Robert More, brothers & fourth generation owners of Lion Sands, completed and opened their 3rd private lodge, Lion Sands 1933, at Lion Sands. The Lodge is aptly named after the year in which their great grandfather came to this area and is offering guests the ultimate hideaway or private family home. Enjoy complete privacy, combined with the finest location and some of Africa’s best safari territory.

4 suites with en-suite bathroom; Air-conditioning & overhead fan; Electronic safe; Personal bar; Hairdryer; Private wooden viewing deck; Children’s Room (sleeping 8); Inter-leading single au-pair/security bedroom; Two bathrooms (one with bath & shower, one with shower only); Designer kitchen; Open-plan dining room; Lounge with fireplace; Outdoor living room; Open dining area on wooden deck; Guest bathroom; Wine cellar; Gymnasium  & sauna; Swimming pool; Wooden wrap-around decks;  Library lounge with satellite television; Internet connectivity & telephone access.

Activities included in Tariff

Two game drives daily in open top Land Rovers; Bush breakfasts; Bush walks; Wildlife lectures; Safari lunches; River tours; Bush dinners & Astronomy.

Activities excluded from Tariff

Private Land Rover hire (Exclusivity, Specialist photography, Bird watching); Health spa; Clay pigeon shooting; Treehouse experience.  By Arrangement visits to: Elephant Interactions; Henna School Community Project; Helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon; Ballooning safari, Hazyview.

Resident characteristic species

Lion, elephant, white rhino, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, wild dog, giraffe, zebra, hyena, waterbuck, hippopotamus, crocodile, wildebeest, kudu and many other mammal & bird species. Visit our website ( to read the Safari Journal of what incredible sightings have been seen at Lion Sands.

You’re treated like kin at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, which has been lovingly operated by the same family for four generations. Set along the banks of the Sabie River and attracting abundant wildlife from Kruger National Park, Lion Sands comprises two lodges with 20 thatched-roof bedrooms and 6 ultra-luxe suites with plunge pools. (For an above-the-bush experience, reserve the singular Chalkey Tree House bedroom.) Enjoy daily game drives and nature walks, a hippo tour and a bush dinner with stargazing. You even can visit a local village for a fascinating look at the Shangaan culture.

The Reserve uses guest proceeds to help support younger children in the nearby Huntington community by offering free education, along with two meals a day. Distance from Airport: not applicable

All Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • One 30-minute Aroma Bush Massage per person, per stay
  • Daily breakfast, already included in rates
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
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