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Lion Sands River Lodge

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,138

Lion Sands River Lodge offers you one of the warmest welcomes you could hope to encounter on your travels and you will be pampered from the moment you arrive. Where the quiet luxury of the rooms provides a place of repose after a day of overwhelming and enriching adventure.


River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Hosted by a family of staff that make it feel like home away from home, the lodge is about spirit, warmth and nature. Here you are invited to relax and experience African hospitality at its finest.

The lodge, 135km from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, has exclusive access to the Sabie River. The source of the River includes the famous Mac Mac falls flowing from its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range. This River is central to why Lion Sands delivers an incomparable safari experience in Africa. Where there is water there is life, coolness, sanctuary from the heat of the African sun, a place where the wildlife travel great distances to quench their thirsts, rejuvenation and so much more. This is the natural wonder which can be experienced at Lion Sands.

The Lion Sands Game Reserve is private and exclusive to Lion Sands guests only which ensures the safari experience is highly personalised, allowing guests the time and flexibility to savour the natural beauty which abounds. Come to Lion Sands, spend a little time with us, man and animal, and you will experience a feeling of belonging and at the same time a sense of freedom that comes from those who believe in sharing instead of possessing.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,138

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Day 1

Arrive Lion Sands River Lodge

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your private game lodge where you will be made to feel extra welcome. Check in and (time permitting) spend a few hours at leisure. This afternoon, depart on a safari drive in an open Land Rover with your game ranger. Your ranger is your host for the duration of your stay and he will take care of your every need whilst sharing his intimate knowledge of the wild. Sipping sundowners under an African sky somehow "finishes off" the whole day's experience.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Lion Sands River Lodge

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    Lion Sands River Lodge



    Lion Sands River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River. With the river right outside, you will not have to go far to see the local wildlife or is experience the surrounding Sabi Sands Reserve overlooking the Kruger ...

    Lion Sands River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River. With the river right outside, you will not have to go far to see the local wildlife or is experience the surrounding Sabi Sands Reserve overlooking the Kruger National Park. With 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of adventure.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Days 2 & 3

Lion Sands River Lodge

Up at dawn for your early morning game drive! Of course, the less energetic are welcome to sleep late! Search out a multitude of animals including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, together with a wealth of antelope and birds interacting in their natural environment.

Return to camp for a hearty breakfast, relax around the pool or talk with your ranger and mingle with the guests. Your afternoon game drive takes you well into the evening. Return to your lodge for another sumptuous dinner. Weather permitting you may enjoy a bush 'braai' at a surprise venue! 

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Depart Lion Sands River Lodge

This morning (time permitting) you depart on your final game drive with the hope of spotting that extra special sighting. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Depart for the airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Skukuza Airport
  • Meals as indicated & selected snacks
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks & selection of local beers, spirits & house wines
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks
  • Specified inclusive safari activities
  • Sabi Sand & KNP Entrance fees ex Skukuza only
  • Wi-fi in public areas
  • Guest Conservation Contribution

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
  • Cigars & cigarettes
  • Telephone calls
  • Spa treatments

OTHER INFORMATION:

We can arrange transfers to and from other lodges or cities. You may also wish to take a charter flight directly into the private game reserve.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


Location: 

River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Hosted by a family of staff that make it feel like home away from home, the lodge is about spirit, warmth and nature. Here you are invited to relax and experience African hospitality at its finest. The lodge is 135 km from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

Accommodation: 

The rooms at River Lodge offer respite and protection from the Lowveld heat. The interior is a tranquil cream and beige haven, cool in the summer, cosy in the winter. The bathroom, with its tranquil look and pebble-inlaid floors complements the bushveld well. There are 18 luxurious thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an overhead fan. All rooms have mini-bar & telephone access. The rooms are linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways.

Facilities: 

The public areas at River Lodge offers guests the following: a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, 2 swimming pools (heated in winter), wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, a magnificent River Island Deck built on the river, a conference room, the Lalamuka Health Spa ("Lalamuka" means unwind in Shangaan and that is exactly what it is all about. An array of body and facial treatments are available to guests to assist in getting rid of those urban stresses.), curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area.


Activities: 

Open Land Rover game drives; Bush Breakfasts; Bush Walks; Wildlife Lectures; Safari lunches; River Tours, Bush Dinners & Astronomy. Other activities available at an additional cost and paid locally are private Land Rover hire (Exclusivity, Specialist Photography, Bird watching), health spa treatments; clay pigeon shooting; Tree House experience. By Arrangement visits to: Kruger National Park, golf course, helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon and ballooning safaris.

Astronomy: 

This is done during the evening game drive and is kept as a surprise for those guests who have a keen interest in our solar system and the associated African folklore. Lie back under the African sky & be taken on a journey through our ancient galaxy.

Bush Breakfast: 

Guests are driven to either the river hide or one of the open plains where breakfast is served. A full table is set and the guests are invited to join the animals, which can often be viewed from the breakfast venue, whilst savouring a full continental breakfast.

Bush Dinner: 

Guests are driven to either a dry riverbed or under the African sky on an open plain. Lit by only paraffin lamps and a big open campfire, this dining experience makes for one of the most unforgettable memories of a visit to Africa. Listen to the night sounds and enjoy a sumptuous meal cooked on the open-coals of the bush fire.

Bush Walk: 

Prior to departing the ranger will assess the guest's fitness level and will structure the walk accordingly. During the summer months the walks are done in the early mornings and form part of the morning game drive. In winter the walk is done after breakfast but to ensure the best walking areas are accessed, the guest will leave the lodge in a Land Rover until the optimal walking route is reached. Once everyone (maximum 8 guests) has settled into the walk the ranger will start to talk on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the medicinal uses of certain plants to the basic skills of tracking animals. On returning to the vehicle light refreshments are served. This is a highly recommended activity in both summer & winter.

Game Drive: 

Guests are taken on early morning and evening open land rover game drives.

Hippo Tour: 

Often the guests do not get the chance to see the hippopotamus during either their morning & evening game drive as the Land Rover's traverse the interior of the reserve, focusing on the inland animals. This tour offers the guest a chance to observe this amazing creature in its natural habitat. There is also a good chance of seeing the enormous African Nile crocodiles (12/14ft), which inhabit the Sabie River.

Safari Lunch: 

Guests can request for a picnic lunch at either one of the River hides or Waterhole hide. This activity is only offered during the winter, dry season months, as this is the time when wildlife are seen to congregate around these points.

Wildlife Lectures: 

These lectures cover a variety of wildlife subjects. Our Senior Ecologist & Head Ranger will ensure that the subject content is not only interesting but very site specific. The lectures will take place every alternate day. The venue, content & spokesperson details will be available at reception desk.

Note: All outdoor activities are weather dependent and therefore remain optional.


What to bring with you: (The following is a handy checklist):

Anti-malaria precautions (Please consult your doctor/pharmacist or tropical disease clinic), sun hat; sunglasses, sun block, sturdy comfortable ankle length thick-soled walking boots or track shoes, cameras & binoculars, video cameras & spare batteries, lip cream, contact lens solutions and spare glasses, personal medications.

Winter Months (May to September, ± 3°C – 22°C)

  • Very warm insulated parkas or bush jackets for the night safaris
  • Scarves to keep the neck warm
  • Jeans & shorts for everyday wear
  • Light sweaters for the midday period

Summer Months (October to April, ± 15°C – 38°C)

  • Cool cotton clothing,
  • T-shirts & shirts (preferably in neutral colours),
  • Shorts for everyday wear.
  • Jeans & trousers for evening wear (temperatures can drop to around 18°C)
  • Swimwear
  • Sandals to wear at the lodge (not essential but more comfortable)

 

 

 

 

DP SABLDG4DZA
12 Dec 2017
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