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At River Lodge, you need not move far to appreciate extraordinary wildlife, or to marvel at the spectacular riverside view. We have tried to capture the entrancing spirit of the Sabie River,  and always smile at that moment when we see our guests forging their own connection with that special energy that cannot be seen, but can definitely be felt.

Guests are encouraged to make River Lodge their very own private safari home, ensuring that the time spent on safari remains the highlight of their visit to South Africa.

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Superior Luxury Room at River Lodge

20 thatched rooms overlook the unfenced African bush, or the Sabie River.

  • 12 Luxury Rooms have bathroom en-suite, lounge area with mini bar and wooden deck from which to appreciate the wilds beyond.
  • 6 Superior Luxury Room are larger in size, and have ample open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. 4 of the 6 Suites are inter-leading, and are therefore ideal for families.
  • 2 River Suites are located further from the public areas and are therefore more private. They have incredible river views, best appreciated from the expansive decks. River Suites also have outdoor showers.
Get in touch with MORE Private Travel to enquire or reserve your space. Tel: +27 (0)11 880 9992
Email: mpt@more.co.za
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River Suite

River Suite at River Lodge

Cuisine at River Lodge, Sabi Sand
Enjoy a fusion of flavours at each mealtime, where only the freshest of ingredients are used. Our culinary team love what they do, and you can tell!
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River Suite bathroom at River Lodge

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  • 20 rooms for 40 guests, including 12 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 2 River Suites.
  • Children of 10 and older welcome
  • Childrens’ activities and baby sitting available
  • Family Rooms available, including 2 interleading rooms
  • Two swimming pools
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for
  • Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)
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River Lodge is a wonderful place to spend quality time with family and friends, both old and new.


Private safaris, with never more than 6 guests per Landrover.

Lion Sands River Lodge, Five Stars is not enough! (Tripadvisor)

“This was a dream trip and the Lions Sand River lodge is a dream. From the excellent rooms, service food and the 5 star safaris no one can find fault with anything at this Lodge. The staff is off the charts – the food even better and the Safaris are out of this world. This is a must stay for anyone looking for 5 star treatment. Add the managers to this 5 start resort and there are not enough stars for this resort.”

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Luxury Suite at River Lodge

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A night under the stars in one of the Lion Sands Treehouses is life enhancing. Head into another world after sunset, and forge your own connection with an Africa as old as time.

Click here to read more about The Lion Sands Treehouses. Pictured above is The Chalkley Treehouse. 

River Lodge, your home in the Sabi Sand
Lion Cubs in the Sabi Sand, by Nick Leuenberger
Luxury Suite at River Lodge
#MOREpeople at Lion Sands Game Reserve, Housekeeping
Visitors to River Lodge can expect a very warm welcome from the family of staff, each of whom is well versed in the art of hospitality.


  • 1 February 2016 - 10 January 2017 (excluding peak season: 18 Dec - 3 Jan)
  • River Lodge, Luxury Room
  • Double: R8,760.00 per person per night sharing
  • Single: R13,140.00 per person per night single
  • River Lodge, River Suite
  • Double: R9,460.00 per person per night sharing
  • Single: R13,840.00 per person per night single
  • River Lodge, Superior Luxury Room
  • Double: R9,110.00 per person per night sharing
  • Single: R13,490.00 per person per night single
  • 18 December 2016 - 3 January 2017 (peak season)
  • River Lodge, Luxury Room
  • Double: R10,510.00 per person per night sharing
  • Single: R15,765.00 per person per night single
  • River Lodge, River Suite
  • Double: R11,210.00 per person per night sharing
  • Single: R16,465.00 per person per night single
  • River Lodge, Superior Luxury Room
  • Single: R16,115.00 per person per night single

100 ZAR = 6.39 USD

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  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Teas/Coffees
  • Soft drinks, local brand beers and spirits & house wines 
  • Mini bar 
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks
  • Specified inclusive safari activities


  • Laundry 
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
  • Cigars & cigarettes
  • All flights and transfers 
  • Gratuities
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests account
OneLife with MORE Safari Boutique at River Lodge
You could very easily lose yourself in the One Life with MORE Safari Boutique, which has been very carefully thought out to present a full range of goods for people who appreciate beautiful things.


“The highlight, however, was the game drives. We saw all the key animals, but had particularly amazing experiences with a den of African wild dogs (mum, dad, 8 cubs) and den of spotted Hyena (mum and 3 babies) and leopards (including mum and cub eating an animal under a tree).” 

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River Lodge boma dinner

River Lodge boma dining


  • Daily scheduled flights between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Skukuza Airport
  • An easy 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Road transfers available
  • Scheduled Safari Link charter connects the Sabi Sand Reserve with Madikwe Game Reserve, Welgevonden and Marataba Game Reserve.
  • Private charter flights from any location directly into Lion Sands

Click here to read more about your travel options 

Africology Spa at River Lodge
Although being the bush in itself is therapeutic, if you enjoy the art of touch, you have at your disposal the River Lodge spa therapists who offer a range of body treatments for the ultimate relaxation and recharge.
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An interior of one of River Lodge’s Luxury Rooms


  • Safaris conducted twice a day
  • Enjoy the bush on foot
  • Maximum number of guests per vehicle is 6
  • Private safari vehicles available, subject to availability
Luxury Suite at River Lodge
Clouds over the Sabi Sand, by Nick Leuenberger


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

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