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Postcards From a Lion Sands’ Safari

Third- (soon to be fourth-) time guest, Lyn Mitchell was born and raised in the UK, now lives in San Francisco, but admits that Lion Sands, South Africa has an allure unlike any other place. She shares some of her special memories and photos with us. “I enjoy travelling, delicious food, and meeting new people. …
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Capturing Wildlife Moments At Lion Sands

Wildlife filmmakers Shannon Wild and Russell MacLaughlin recently joined us for a stay at Lion Sands Game Reserve. Shannon is an Australian photographer and cinematographer with a love for the African bush. She is currently working on several wildlife documentaries for National Geographic. Russell is a local South African who has worked on films for …
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Get Closer To Nature On A Walking Safari

A walking safari at Lion Sands isn’t any ordinary walk in nature. It’s a way of immersing yourself in the African wilderness, and is reminiscent of the way humans used to experience their world millennia ago. In the bush, we are no longer the dominant species, and have to constantly be alert, and aware of everything around …
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Curiosity Killed The… Vulture?

On an afternoon game drive, myself and my tracker Joel Khoza were looking for leopard when we came to an area where there were several vultures in the air and treetops. We looked for signs of a predator or a kill but didn’t find anything. Joel got off the vehicle to check a dry riverbed …
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Rare Sightings of the Wild Dogs – and Their Pups!

Rare Sightings of the Wild Dogs – and Their Pups!

Luck was on our side this year when one of the wild dog packs that run through Lion Sands chose to den on our Kruger Park concession. Visiting a wild dog den is something that few safari goers will ever get to do. The viewing of the highly endangered wild dog is already incredibly rare …
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Update on the Sand River Pride

Update on the Sand River Pride

The Sand River pride is the largest group of lions we currently see at Lion Sands – and a personal favourite of many. They are beautiful lions in great condition, and with several cubs, they are always a magnificent sight. The Sand River pride made their first appearance here about three years ago. At the …
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All Together: The Avoca, Eyrefield, and Mangheni Lions

If you’ve been on safari, you’ll likely have heard your guide say something along the lines of: “Animals don’t read books,” as they try to explain some out of the ordinary behaviour. A recent lion sighting on the Sand River was one such instance where this was the only thing to be said about what …
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A Beautiful Stranger in Our Midst

The unexpected element of safari is always what keeps us coming back for more. At Lion Sands, we don’t have fences between our reserve and the Kruger National Park, which means that animals can move freely between the areas. The result is that on any game drive, we can encounter something entirely new. The big …
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