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River Lodge

“And just as the phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.” [Anonymous]

On the 21st of June, 2017 at 04h00, Lion Sands River Lodge was razed to the ground by a fire. River Lodge is the origin of the Lion Sands safari – our soul safari. While her structure may have crumbled, her spirit could never be broken. Over the subsequent months, we’ve spent countless hours planning and designing our new River Lodge, which will be revealed on 1st May 2018. The mandate to our architectural design team was to take her to the next level, but not to change her distinctively authentic essence.

Our guests can expect a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with an emphasis on clean lines, optimised natural light and contemporary décor. Her living spaces will include a Safari Lounge and Bar; Barista’s Station with artisanal coffees; Gallery (showcasing the works of renowned local artists); and OneLife MORE boutique.

We are enhancing the dining experience by including her original traditional Boma ‘with a twist’; her signature Riverbed Dinners; deck dining, in the shade of the trees and overlooking the Sabie River. Breakfast will be redesigned as a home-styled experience.

Lodge facilities will include: a Spa; a main swimming pool area; a ‘Memory Lab’, where guests will be able to print their photographs on canvas; and a Firepit for sociable nocturnal gatherings beneath the stars. River Lodge’s accommodation configuration will change to 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites (each with its own plunge pool). One of the River Suites will comprise 2 bedrooms. All rooms are being refreshed.

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