Lion Sands | River Lodge

Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands


Personal Impression

Lion Sands River Lodge is located on the privately owned Lion Sands Game Reserve bordering Kruger Park. The Sabie River is the border between Lion Sands and Kruger. As you sit on the deck you are actually looking at Kruger Park. The property is owned by the More Family who make every effort to provide a perfect safari in all aspects of the lodge experience.


The Game

The game here is excellent. I have been personally visiting this lodge for years it has never disappointed. Consistently they have wonderful sightings of leopards and some of the best Hyena dens I have ever seen. The Hippos in the river here are exceptional and you can walk down to the river edge safely to see the hippos. Large elephant herds are common. Overall fantastic game. Click here for our game pictures from previous hosted tours


River Lodge is the least expensive lodge on the Lion Sands Sabi Sands property. That said it is still as beautiful lodge with excellent accommodations. All rooms are connected by a wooden walkway a feature I really like in a safari lodge. The rooms are all on a flat surface with no steps to negotiate. There are eight LUXURY rooms that are spacious, well designed and incredibly comfortable. These luxury rooms are all together and convenient to the main lodge. The remaining rooms are nice but much smaller.  The More Family lights like and bright rooms with white floors and woodwork. Everything is sparkling clean.

bar bathroom bedroom

Public Areas

River Lodge public area is spacious with an expansive deck. The dining room is also large and nicely furnished with exquisite table settings. Again the light, bright and airy décor is everywhere. The main bar has plush furniture, a lovely fireplace and a large bar area.  This lodge has a large shop brimming with items you do not see at other lodges. This lodge has a special deck in the bush that is utilized for drinks, bush breakfasts that is right over the Sabie River. An outstanding facility and one we have enjoyed often. River Lodge has loading docks for easier access to the vehicles and an easy step in for each of the three levels of seating; a very nice feature.

gift shop lounge area outdoor dining

Dining and Wines

Dining and Wines Meals at Lion Sands are worth a special mention here they always have wonderful caring chefs who cook outstanding meals. Any allergy issues – handled with a smile and additional servings cooked for most dishes to accommodate those allergies. Three of the best chefs I have ever experienced work at Lion Sands. Faith, Gladys and Lindy if you are fortunate enough to have one of these ladies you are in for a treat. Lion Sands probably has the BEST dinner in the bush of any property I have visited. With the entire area lit by lanterns in the trees and a man and ladies flushing toilet facility. Again all white and very clean.


WiFi is available at the main lodge. They say it is not available in the rooms but we have never had any trouble picking up the signal. There is a television in the main bar area.

Website: Lion Sands River Lodge