Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is situated within the privately owned Lion Sands Private Game Reserve,which forms part of the southern portion of the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve, an area well known for its spectacular game viewing. The reserve is built on the banks of the Sabie River, offering breathtaking views over the river where game viewing can be done from the luxury of your private suite.
Morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, with an experienced ranger and keen-sighted tracker, take guests out into the bush to discover the magic of being on safari.
The timeless design of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water and sand, and the natural materials enhance the surrounding bush environment. A sophisticated mid-century architectural contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes - all of which combine to make this an utterly sensory experience.
The 8 ultra luxurious suites all have en-suite bathrooms and an outdoor shower in an indigenous garden, a private lounge area with a fireplace, and a private pool and expansive viewing deck as well as a covered patio.
The Double Suite Fish Eagle Villa has its own private gym and spa, as well as a private star jetty and fire deck, and comes with its own safari vehicle for a truly exclusive game drive experience.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Sabi Sand Guest Contribution (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020
GBP 7 USD 8 ZAR 138 EUR 7
per person per night
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021
GBP 8 USD 10 ZAR 155 EUR 8
per person per night
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3 meals per day; tea/coffee; minibar in room; soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines; 2 shared game drives daily; game drive refreshments/snacks; a laundry service; Skukuza airport transfers (and associated entry fees); and the Guest Conservation Contribution are included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry fee (subject to change), payable in cash at the entrance gate.
Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 10 can only be accommodated IF the entire lodge is block-booked by the same group or family - rates available on request.
Stay for 3 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on honeymoon and one of the happy couple will receive 20% off their accommodation.
Valid: 1 April 2020 - 30 April 2022.
Book Before: 27 April 2022.
Applicable for newlyweds on their honeymoon. Offer is valid for a year after date of marriage, marriage certificate to be provided. Promotions cannot be combined. Not available for travel from 20 December2020 to 03 January 2021 and 20 December 2021 to 03 January 2022.
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Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings
This was a close to perfect safari experience. Both Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and the game drives were perfectly organised and the personnel really did their best to make it work. Also the timing was ideal since the weather was good and the vegetation was still low, so that the animals could be easily seen.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge - Fantastic service, excellent staff and an amazing safari. Definately worth it.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction): Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.
Once on the R536, continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube, Exeter and Savanna. Go past these, and approximately 3 km further on, on the left-hand side of the road, you will see signposts for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn left here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw's Gate.
From the Kruger Mpumalanga/Nelspruit International Airport: Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn right here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Keep on the N4 until you reach Nelspruit, where you will turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Scenic Route: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. In Lydenburg/Mashishing, follow the signs to Sabie over the Long Tom Pass (the highest tar road in South Africa). In Sabie, take the R536 to Hazyview. Just before Hazyview you will reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Hoedspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport towards the R40. At the T-junction, turn left onto the R40 towards White River and Hazyview. Proceed on the R40 for approximately 88 km until you reach a set of traffic lights in Hazyview with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn left here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From the Paul Kruger Gate: Go through the gate, and follow the R536 to Hazyview. Continue along this road for approximately 4.5 km and on the right-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn right here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw's Gate.
ONCE AT THE SHAW’S GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit. Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, room fans, mosquito nets, private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, in room safes, personal bars, hair dryers and a fire place, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The lodge facilities include a lounge, dining and relaxation area, with an expansive wooden deck overlooking the Sabie River, art gallery and an Africology luxury spa offering a range of different treatments. There is a small gym for guests to use if required.
Morning and afternoon game drives depart with just 6 guests per vehicle.
Activities that can be arranged at an additional cost include private Land Rover hire (exclusivity, specialist photography, and bird watching), clay pigeon shooting, tree house experience, ballooning, cultural village visits, golf, helicopter flip over the Blyde River Canyon and God's Window.
A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa Cards are accepted.
Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited for the following reasons:-
1. The lodge is committed to ensuring that all guests and wildlife are not disturbed, where practically possible, by artificial mechanisms of any kind; 2. Security concerns around rhino poaching; 3. The use of recreational drones is prohibited in terms of Section101 of SA Civil Aviation Regulations 2015.
This policy includes their own staff as well as professional photographers.
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