Fodor's Expert Review Lion Sands River Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Set on one of the longest and best stretches of river frontage in Sabi Sand, you can watch the passing animal and bird show from your deck or from the huge, tree-shaded, wooden viewing area that juts out over the riverbank facing Kruger National Park. The guest rooms are comfortable and attractively Africa themed, with honey-colored stone floors with pebble inlays, cream wooden furniture, embroidered white bed linens, and lamps and tables of dark indigenous wood. The food is imaginative and tasty, the young staff enthusiastic, and the rangers highly qualified. After an exhilarating game drive, take a bush walk, go fishing, or relax with a beauty treatment at Lalamuka Spa (lalamuka means "unwind" in Shangaan). There's a resident senior ecologist, plus a classy and interesting curio shop.

PROS

  • fabulous river frontage
  • well managed

CONS

  • some chalets quite close together so not much privacy

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Casual
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 013-735–5330 | 013-735–5000-lodge | 011-880–9992-head office and reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals, No children under 10 years old

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