Unique Selling Points
Located in the Southern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Lion Sands is the only Reserve in South Africa to offer a safari in both the Sabie and Sand River ecosystems; the Reserve is family owned & managed by the 4th generation More Family; their grandfather was one of the founding members of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin in 1948 instilling a long history of community and conservation; there is a unique programme of activities for guests to tailor-make their stay including the famous Chalkley Treehouse experience; part of the family-owned and operated collection of More Hotels properties.

Best Time To Travel
An all-year-round safari destination where the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related as we do not have any migratory species. The best bird-watching period is from October to April.

Lion Sands is located in the Southern Sabi Sand Wildtuin; 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres) of arguable Africa’s most pristine Big 5 territory; GPS: Ivory Lodge / 24º 58’ 24.1” S / 31º 31’ 46.5” E; River Lodge / 24º 58’ 16.9” S / 31º 31’ 55.4” E; 1933 Lodge / 24º 57’ 46.6” S / 31º 32’ 59.2” E

Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles; bush walks; bird watching; astronomy; bush breakfasts; bush dinners; hippo walks; safari lunches; wildlife lectures; treehouse, boma dinners; clay pigeon shooting, wellness treatments; local village experiences.

Rates include: Luxury accommodation; all meals, teas/coffees; selected local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines); two game drives daily; game drive refreshments and snacks; specified safari activities. Laundry and mini bar included at Ivory Lodge and 1933.

Rates exclude: Laundry; premium brand or imported beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes; mini bar, cigars and cigarettes; Skukuza airport transfers; gratuities; telephone; curio shop purchases; spa treatments; game reserve landing fees (airport departure tax); game reserve entrance/conservation fee; and activities not included (clay pigeon shooting, ballooning, helicopter flights, Chalkley treehouse, private safari vehicles, local village experience, elephant interaction experience).

Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg 5 hours 490 km 306 miles
Phalaborwa Airport 3 hours 223 km 140 miles
Hoedspruit Airport 2h15 min 160 km 99 miles
KMI Airport, Mbombela 1h45 min 110 km 68.3 miles
Hazyview 1 hour 67 km 41.6 miles
Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park 45 min 32 km 19.88 miles
Skukuza Airport, Kruger National Park 25 min 12 km 7.45 miles

Lion Sands is located in a low risk malaria area and we suggest you discuss this with your health practitioner before travelling.

The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November - February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced very seldom lasting longer than a few hours. The mean average maximum temperatures range from 24.5°C/76.1F in July to
31.5°C/88.7F in January with the mean monthly minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C/47.3F.

There are four daily flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORT) to Skukuza (SKZ) airfield with a flight time of approximately 1h10min.

The other option is to fly into the regional airport, Kruger Mpumalanaga Airport (MQP) which is serviced by commercial scheduled flights from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg and then road transfer into the reserve. The road transfer is approximately 1h45min.

The driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 4.5 to 5 hours but we suggest if driving that you spend a night, en-route, along the Panorama route at any of the several mountain and or country lodges in this area ensuring you arrive fresh and ready for an incredible safari experience.

Our reservations can send you detailed information on both flight and self-drive access.

Suggested Daily Programme

05h00 Wake up Call 06h00
05h30 Tea/Coffee and Game drive departs 06h30
08h30 Game drive returns, then breakfast / brunch is served 09h30
At leisure Bush walk or activities of personal preference At leisure
13h00 Lunch 13h00
16h00 High tea 15h30
16h30 Game drive departs 16h00
19h30 Game drive returns and dinner follows 19h00

Easy Reference Table

Suites 20 (12 Luxury & 8 Superior Luxury) 6 4 + 8 beds in dormitory
Size of Suites 66m2 / 711ft2 Luxury 165 m2 / 1780 ft2 138m2 / 1486 ft2
  98m2/1054ft2 Superior Luxury    
Guests 40 12 16 (8 adults + 8 kids)
Children Yes (10 years and older) Yes (10 years and older) Yes (all ages)
Children Rate 10 – 15, 50% of Adult Rate 10 – 15, 50% of Adult Rate & private vehicle < 5 FREE, 6 – 15 50% of Adult Rate
Children on Safari Yes (10 years and older) Yes (10 years and older) Yes
Children Activities Yes Yes Yes
Babysitting No applicable Not Applicable Yes, extra cost
Triple Rooms (sleeper couch) 2 2 Not Applicable
Single Traveler Supplement 2 rooms where no supplement is charged Yes, 50% supplement Not Applicable
Double bed convertible to twin Yes Yes Yes
Tree House/s Yes, ZAR2750 per person per night
Central Public Pool Yes (2 pools) No Yes
Private Plunge Pools No Yes No
Air-conditioning Yes Yes Yes
Fireplace Yes (public areas only) Yes Yes (public areas only)
Room Fans Yes Yes Yes
Mosquito Nets Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Shower Yes (Superior Luxury Room Only) Yes Yes
Indoor Showers Yes Yes Yes
Separate W.C. Yes (Superior Luxury Room Only) Yes Yes
Wi-Fi FREE Yes (Public Area only) Yes (Public Area only) Yes (Public Area only)
Satellite Television Yes (Public Area only) Yes (Public Area only) Yes (Public Area only)
In Room Safe Yes Yes Yes
Personal Bars Yes Yes Yes
Telephone Yes Yes Yes
Hairdryers Yes Yes Yes
Conference Facilities Yes No No
Suitable for disabled guests Yes, with assistance Yes, with assistance Yes, with assistance
Distance between Rooms 0-8m (0-25ft) 10-15m (33-49ft) 15-20m (49-66ft)
Flights Daily (1h10min from Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg)
Airport Yes (25 minutes) Yes (30 minutes) Yes (15 minutes)
Landing Fees (Airport Departure Tax) Yes, ZAR90.00 per guest *subject to change without prior notice
Airport Transfers Yes, ZAR35.00 per guest one way. Please note that from 1st August 2012 we will be charging ZAR70.00 per
one way per adult/child for Skukuza Airport transfers.
Conservation/Entrance Fee Yes, ZAR150.00 per vehicle includes driver and ZAR30.00 per additional person
*subject to change without prior notice
Helipad Yes, 24°58’2.22” S, 31°31’30.20” E
Guests per safari vehicle 8 6 8
Private 4x4 safari vehicle Yes, subject to availability
Private 4x4 safari vehicle rate ZAR4,950.00 per day
Languages of Field Rangers English, Afrikaans
Gratuity Recommendation ZAR300.00 per guest per day (50% to Field Ranger & Tracker; 20% to Butler; 30% to General Staff)
Kosher Food Yes, with prior notice, extra cost
Power 220v AC 220v AC 220v AC
Credit Cards Visa, MC, Diners Visa, MC, Diners Visa, MC, Diners


Put aside 6 nights and treat yourself to the African adventure of a lifetime! Enjoy the myriad of attractions in the magnificent city of Cape Town, and treat yourself to an exclusive Big Five Safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Put aside 6 nights and treat yourself to the African adventure of a lifetime! Enjoy the myriad of attractions in the magnificent city of Cape Town, and treat yourself to an exclusive Big Five Safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This tour is the deluxe version, and includes premier accommodation.
This tour is for those of you serious about safaris and incorporates the magical destination of Cape Town, as well as two of Southern Africa’s premier private game reserves - Kruger National Park, and Madikwe.

This 9 night itinerary presents the ultimate SUPER SAFARI, including three of southern Africa's most coveted safari destinations.
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