Lion Sands Game Reserve is a private, family-owned reserve in Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa and offers a truly unique experience in the great outdoors of Africa. The award-winning Lion Sands boasts access to the perennial Sabie River and shares open borders with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, making it a prime wildlife destination. The private reserve spans 25,000 acres and conserves a habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere.
Safari-goers opting to experience Lion Sands can expect to spot some of Africa’s iconic species, including all of the Big Five, along with 137 other intriguing mammal species and over 450 species of bird. Lion Sands Game Reserve is made up primarily of woodland savannah, and the vegetation is quite thick. However, this rarely affects wildlife sightings because highly skilled guides and trackers are allowed to drive off-road. Skukuza Sabi Sands Airport is the most convenient for lodges located in the southern sector of the Sabi Sands, so safari-goers can enjoy easy access to Lion Sands Game Reserve.
Yes, you can. The driving time from Johannesburg to the Ivory Lodge and River Lodge is approximately five hours. The driving time from Johannesburg to Tinga Lodge and Narina Lodge is about four and a half hours.
There are daily scheduled flights between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Skukuza Airport operated by Airlink. It is the quickest route and recommended.
Lion Sands Game Reserve is one of Africa’s last truly unspoiled wilderness areas. Nestled in the heart of the bush, where Sabi Sands Game Reserve meets the iconic Kruger National Park, safari-goers can enjoy an excellent wildlife viewing experience. All of the Big Five and cheetah are present, and sightings are common elusive leopard are common. Other wildlife safari-goers can expect to see include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, and several antelope species. Night drives offer a chance to see some nocturnal species such as porcupines. For the bird watchers, some of the more notable species in the area include the black-bellied bustard, the bateleur, the Burchell’s coucal, and the African hawk-eagle.
The best time to visit Lion Sands Game Reserve is during winter, which is also considered the low and dry season. From May to September, wildlife is easier to spot because the foliage thins out, and the animals tend to gather around rivers and watering holes. For the bird watchers, any time of the year is on the cards. However, from November to April, the migratory birds are present, making it an ideal time to spot species from the northern hemisphere.
Lion Sands Game Reserve offers a wealth of activities for any discerning traveller spending time here. From morning game drives where travellers will wake with the dawn and encounter nocturnal animals returning from their nighttime escapades to bush walks and photography safaris, there is something for everyone. Each activity is led by expert guides who boast a world of knowledge, and they know how to track the wildlife in the area. A safari experience at Lion Sands is unlike any other, with all of the Big Five present, as well as common sightings of leopards and 137 mammals. For a unique experience, the Astral Safari comes highly recommended. The clear air and little light pollution of this remote wilderness make it an ideal stargazing location. During evening game drives, a field guide will point out planets and stars—never before seen with the naked eye.
The lodges at Lion Sands Game Reserve sit along the banks of the perennial Sabie River, each with sublime views and modern amenities. There are four lodges in Lion Sands, all of which offer comfort and style in the heart of the bush. Narina and Tinga Lodges boasts nine suites each on the Kruger side, while the Ridge and Ivory Lodges feature 20 suites and lie on the Sabi Sand side of the reserve. Additionally, Lion Sands Game Reserve has three amazing tree houses that offer a glamping experience like no other. All of the tree houses boast a remote location and have panoramic views of the bushveld and beyond.