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      Lion Sands River Lodge

      Your Home Away from Home in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

      Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is located in the finest territory of the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa. Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to traverse freely between Lion Sands and the Kruger National Park. River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Hosted by a family of staff that makes it feel like home away from home, the lodge is about spirit, warmth and nature. All the rooms at River Lodge offer respite and protection from the lowveld heat. Three guest room types are offered: 12 luxury rooms and 6 superior luxury rooms and 2 river suites. All 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms have private wooden viewing decks and the bedroom area is air-conditioned with an overhead fan. The rooms are linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways. Luxury room amenities include a king-size bed with mosquito netting (can be made up as twin bed). Two of these rooms have a luxury sleeper couch suitable for children or a third adult sharing. Superior luxury room amenities include a larger room with a king-size bed with mosquito netting (can be made up as twin bed). Two of the superior luxury rooms are inter-leading and are ideal for families. The two river suites are located further from the public areas and are therefore more private. They have incredible river views, best appreciated from the expansive decks. The river suites also have outdoor showers. The public areas at River Lodge offers guests the following: a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, two swimming pools (heated in winter), wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, a magnificent river deck built on the river, a conference room, Lalamuka Health Spa & gymnasium, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air boma dining area. Activities included in the rate are: game drives, stargazing during evening game drives, meals taken in the bush, bush walks, hippo tours and wildlife lectures. Activities available at an additional cost include: hot air balloon rides, clay pigeon shooting, golf, spa treatments, helicopter excursions, and cultural visits to local villages. For an additional charge you may book a night in one of three Treehouses on the Lion Sands Reserve. All of the Treehouses are securely constructed above the ground, where animals will remain at a safe and comfortable distance. 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. A field guide will provide a full orientation upon guests’ arrival and will remain on-call via radio until the following morning.

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      Availability & Pricing

      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $927 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, South Africa
      • # of Beds: 40 beds
      • Age Minimum: 10 years old
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Cell Phone Coverage, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi
      • Type: Lodge, Treehouse
      • Included: Luxury accommodation, three meals per day, teas/coffees, soft drinks, house brand beers and spirits & house wines, mini bar in room, two game drives daily with qualified ranger & tracker, game drive refreshments & snacks, specified inclusive safari activities: bush walks, hippo tour, stargazing, wildlife lectures, bush meals, Henna Pre-school visits, Wi-Fi in public areas
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        Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines and Champagne, cigars, cigarettes, curio shop items, spa treatments, treehouse experiences, helicopter rides, golfing, elephant interactions, private vehicles, laundry

      Activities at this Accommodation

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        Cultural Connection

        A True Taste of Local Culture

        Get a better understanding with another culture. You're invited in to connect with a completely different lifestyle…a rare opportunity in life.

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        Curios/Fine Art Shopping

        Bring a Little of Africa Home

        Bring home a piece of Africa, whether it's a small momento or an incredible piece of art that captures how you feel in this incredible environment.

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        Game Drive

        Head out into the wilderness to see the incredible daily drama of predator/prey and the ancient circle of life.

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        Night Drive

        At night, the nocturnal animals awaken and treat you to a show that daylight game drives miss.

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        Off-Road Game Viewing

        In national parks and some other reserves, rules prohibit leaving the designated safari paths. But the wildlife are not always considerate enough to stay nearby. Get better vantages (and better photos) by heading off-road.

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        Outdoor Dining

        A lunch or dinner out in nature is one of the hallmarks of a luxury African experience. Your connection to the landscape is undisturbed and the food tastes even more special in this most wonderful of settings.

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