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Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is approximately 7000 hectares in size, located within the southern section of the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve – the oldest and most successful private game reserve in South Africa and arguably Africa’s most pristine Big 5 Territory.

The reserve is well placed being approximately a five hour drive from ORTambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The reserve is also easily accessed from Phalaborwa Airport (approximately 3 hours), Hoedspruit Airport (just over 2 hours drive), Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in Nelspruit (Just under 2 hours drive), Hazyview (approximately an hours drive) and both Paul Kruger Gate (45 minute drive) and Skukuza Airport (25 minute drive). There are four daily flights from ORTambo International Airport to Skukuza, Kruger National Park and scheduled flights operate between Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in Nelspruit and Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Lion Sands is the only Reserve in South Africa to offer safari opportunities in both the Sabie and Sand River ecosystems. The Reserve is family owned and managed by the 4th generation More family – their grandfather, Guy Aubrey Chalkley, was one of the founding members of the Sabi Sand Reserve in 1948 – instilling a long history of conservation and community.

The first tourists were allowed into the Kruger National Park in 1926 marking the birth of sustainable wildlife tourism and the recipe for conservation in Africa today.  In 1961, as a result of the threat of foot and mouth disease and continued hunting on adjacent private land – fences were erected between the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sand also fenced their western perimeter to prevent the movement of game from the area. However, in 1993 after much discussion between the two reserves – the fences were removed, allowing the wildlife free movement between the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand. The Sabi Sand now forms part of the greater Kruger National Park wildlife enclave and its immense wildlife gene pool.

Lion Sands offer a unique programme of activities for guests to tailor-make their stay and gain the most from their African safari experience – including morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, hippo walks, safari lunches, wildlife lectures, boma dinners, an overnight experience in the famous Chalkley Treehouse, clay pigeon shooting, wellness treatments and local village experiences.

Rates at Lion Sands have been tailored to include all accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, selected local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines), two game drives daily, game drive refreshments and snacks and specified safari activities (Laundry and mini bar are included at Ivory Lodge). The rates at Lion Sands exclude premium brand or imported beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes, mini bar, cigars and cigarettes, Skukuza airport transfers, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, curio shop purchases, spa treatments, game reserve landing fees (airport departure tax), game reserve entrance/conservation fee and activities not included (clay pigeon shooting, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, Chalkley Treehouse experience, private safari vehicles, local village experiences and elephant interaction programme).

Lion Sands offers visitors a unique and exclusive experience at the Chalkley Treehouse. Guy Aubrey Chalkley, one of the reserve’s founding members once set up camp in a large Leadwood Tree to escape predators roaming on the plains below and the Chalkley Treehouse offers the ultimate bush bedroom. It is a secure and lavish platform built under the African sky and yet still boasts all the comforts that a guest would expect at a five star safari lodge. Guests are taken to the Treehouse at sunset for drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner, before enjoying the African dusk and night completely at one with nature. The landscape stretches as far as the eye can see and the Treehouse is perfect place to capture this vastness and splendor.

There are two world – class luxury lodges at Lion Sands – River Lodge and Ivory Lodge. All two of these lodges are situated on the perennial Sabie River and offer guests contemporary African luxury surrounded by magnificent African bushveld.

Lion Sands is located in a low risk malaria area and offers an all-year-round safari destination. There are no migratory species, so the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related. The best bird watching period is usually from October to April each year. Annual temperatures range from 24.5°C/76.1°F in July to 31.5°C/88.7F in January, with the most rainfall occuring during mid-summer (November to February). This rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where downpours seldom last longer than a few hours.

Lion Sands offers visitors the opportunity to experience one of the finest safari areas in Africa. The area boasts some of the highest densities of wildlife per square hectare and this coupled with sound environmental practices, results in regular sightings of some of Africa’s most elusive predators and big game, often only a few metres away from the game viewing vehicles. The guides are expertly trained to provide a wealth of information about the wildlife and their behavior but also ecology, geography, stars, plant life and birds, but more importantly the guides are passionate about conservation and their environment and guests are bound to leave having shared this enthusiasm and love for the African wilderness.

Come and experience Africa’s raw wilderness – unchanged, untamed and untainted.


  Lodges in the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Lion Sands River Lodge
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
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River Lodge at Lion Sands is built on the banks of the Sabie River and has magnificent views over the River. Each of the 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms boasts its own private wooden viewing deck – offering guests the opportunity to take full advantage of their surroundings. Wildlife can be seen from the comfort of one’s suite and views stretch over the Sabi Sand Reserve, whilst also overlooking the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
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Ivory Lodge comprises six generously appointed suites – each of which is operated as a private villa and includes a separate living room, exquisitely appointed bedroom, open plan en-suite bathroom with an enclosure for the outdoor shower and a private, heated rim flow pool with private wooden viewing decks. The suites are decorated in ebony and ivory colours, combined with selected African accessories to create Afro-Euro chic
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