Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge has risen from the flames (literally) after a total rebuild in 2017/8. The result is a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with an emphasis on clean lines, optimised natural light and contemporary décor. It looks superb, with bright airy rooms and a wonderful new fire pit area where guests can enjoy a pre or post dinner drink under the stars and swop stories of the day’s sightings.

The rebuilding has offered an opportunity for some new innovations such as a Barista’s Station with artisanal coffees; a gallery which showcases the works of renowned local artists and the Memory Lab where guests can download and their best photos onto photographic paper or even make a canvas print.

There is a large swimming pool with sun loungers to cool off in the heat of the day and a viewing deck overlooking the dry river bed where animals can be spotted as they pass by.

Game Viewing
River Lodge is located in the south of the Kruger region, an area renowned for its big car sightings and also the rare Black rhino that prefer the more bushy terrain in the and around the Sand River. There are twice daily game drives and for those that are feeling brave, a guided walking safari is offered after breakfast. One of our guests was lucky enough to track a Crash of 7 rhino on foot, just a short distance from the lodge. Amazing photos!

Rooms at Lion Sands River Lodge
River Lodge’s accommodation comprises 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites (each with its own plunge pool). One of the River Suites has 2 bedrooms.

Meals are served (weather permitting) on the deck in the shade of the trees or at night in the traditional Boma. Occasionally there are signature Riverbed dinners out in the bush, which are a magical experience. You can’t fail to be impressed by the sight of the lanterns and the smell of a barbecue dinner. Breakfast is a home-styled experience.

For more information about safari holidays in South Africa, or staying at Lion Sands River Lodge contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 9191 412 56 (Asia) to speak to our South Africa holidays team.



In our opinion: This is a lovely lodge with great game viewing and exception accommodation. The lodge was rebuilt in early 2018 after a fire, the new rooms are wonderful and the staff and food is top notch, as is the game viewing.

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Lion Sands River Lodge Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Lounge areas
  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • En suite with bath and showers
  • Electronic safes
  • Fire pit
  • Hairdryer

  • International plugs
  • Massages
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Pool and sun deck
  • Lounge
  • Walking safaris
  • Wifi