Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. It is an extraordinary gift passed down over generations and even for those of us who have known its sweeping landscapes since birth, it remains a place of overwhelming beauty and discovery.

Our family is one of the most fortunate in the world to have the privilege of being the custodians of one of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. In the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, we have created an iconic destination, which is as close to perfection as any place in Africa can take you. At Lion Sands you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of our “bushveld”, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit us.

Here in the untamed African landscape, excitement rides high in discovering an intensely wild yet awe-inspiring adventure every day. The anticipation of rising before dawn to set off through the early morning mists in search of the day’s game is unforgettable and humbling at the same time.

At Lion Sands all three of our world-class luxury lodges – River Lodge, Ivory Lodge and 1933 - are situated on the perennial Sabie River and offer our guests the pinnacle of African contemporary luxury. Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or as a family, we offer you an experience that will stretch your imagination, celebrate the vibrancy of the wilderness and create lifelong memories of a place that we call home.

Welcome to our home.

1933 - An African legacy to pass on to the next generation

“ You have to know your roots in order to find your wings !“ This is exactly how our great grandfather, Guy Aubrey Chalkley felt when he first discovered the raw beauty and spirit of the Kingston Reserve, back in 1933. Three generations later we were committed to building our own private camp as a tribute to our great grandfather’s pioneering spirit, which we aptly named, 1933.

Our family often stays in the camp and we invite friends, family and guests the world over to come and enjoy our warm, personal and luxurious home nestled on the banks of the Sabie River. 1933 is available for exclusive use and offers secluded luxury with dedicated staff. The lodge comprises four spacious suites, each with their own private view of the Sabie River, and a children’s dormitory, able to sleep up to eight children. Every luxury or creature comfort you may desire has been thought of, and we know your family will enjoy creating incredible memories together, in a home that is filled with so many of ours.

Ivory Lodge - Ultimate luxury in the heart of the African Bush

“Unparalleled and extraordinarily beautiful in its simplicity and texture” is how Ivory Lodge has been described, and it has been recognised with various international awards. As the family who have carefully designed and crafted everything in this luxurious lodge, we are incredibly proud of Ivory Lodge’s iconic status. And we know that very few will get to experience the African Bushveld in such lavish comfort and style.

Each suite is operated as a private Villa, which combines a glorious escape from reality and feeds ones soul with a kaleidoscope of sunset blues, pinks and purples. Intensely vibrant and quietly wild, Ivory Lodge is a place you would like to keep a secret but you will not be able to resist sharing with friends and family, alike. Our six luxurious suites offer exquisite simplistic style surrounded by untamed African Bush. Each suite includes a private rim flow pool, exquisitely appointed large dedicated bedroom and lounge, and simply More of everything.

River Lodge - You are home.

River Lodge offers you one of the warmest welcomes you could hope to encounter on your travels; hosted by our family of extraordinary handpicked staff, who will make you feel completely relaxed and at home. In River Lodge we feel like we have captured the spirit of the Sabie River, where the quiet luxury of our rooms provides a place of repose, after a day of overwhelming and enriching adventure.

A view like we have of the Sabie River cannot be wasted, which is why we insisted on giving each of the 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms at River Lodge its own private wooden viewing deck. With the quietly rambling river outside your room, you won’t have to go far to see wildlife or to drink in the surrounding Sabi Sand Reserve whilst overlooking the world- famous Kruger National Park, all at one glance.

We have provided an easy reference table to make sure you make the best choice of Lodge for your stay with us and if you have any further questions please reach out to us (See CONTACT page) as the better informed you are about your stay with us the more you will get out of your safari.

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 Yes, R 2,750.00 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
Virtuoso Amenities 30 minute massage per stay;
plus room upgrade subject to availability
60 minute massage per stay 1 spa treatment per adult per stay
Power 220v AC 220v AC 220v AC
Credit Cards Visa, MC, Diners, Amex Visa, MC, Diners, Amex Visa, MC, Diners, Amex

At Lion Sands you will feel at ease in, taken care of by some incredible passionate staff and after only a few hours will feel remarkably at home, relaxed and in tune with this untainted piece of wilderness in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.


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