Lion Sands Game Reserve – Sabi Sands, South Africa
The award winning Lion Sands is the only private reserve to have access to the perennial Sabie River, which it shares with Kruger National Park. It boasts a collection of wonderful lodges in the Sabi Sands for a truly unforgettable luxury experience.
The main lodge is a picture of opulence with its high thatch roof, luxurious wooden finishes and African decor. Guests can relax or dine on the large viewing deck as it opens up onto the African bush veld.
Guest suites at Lion Sands are peaceful retreats with draped beds and a comfortable seating area with a fireplace. Each offers a private bathroom fitted with a bath and shower, and an additional outside shower. Both the bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned and feature a private courtyard.
The Lion Sands Treehouses are the ultimate bush bedrooms. Arrive at sunset to a scrumptious picnic dinner, and spend the hours of dusk fully appreciating the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night. Slumber directly beneath the Milky Way where you may well lose count of the shooting stars.
The Treehouses at Lion Sands are for the hopeless romantic (ideal as a wedding or anniversary treat), the adventurer, the person who needs a complete disconnect and digital detox, or the wildlife enthusiast who prefers the bush au-natural.
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve are treated to daily safaris and guided walks. Other facilities include a private lounge and bar, two swimming pools, and a secluded bird hide. The health spa is there to pamper you with a variety of treatments
This lodge is a 2-hour drive from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
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Sabi Sands, South Africa
The Sabi Sands is in particular well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a game drive in the reserve. As such, Sabi Sands offers the ultimate photographic safari one can think of. You can be certain to return home with some absolutely stunning pictures and memories. Besided the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are more than 300 burd species. Sabi Sands possibly makes the best South African safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.
Bound by the Sabi River and containing much of the Sand River, this large reserve straddles what might be the richest wedge of wilderness on the continent. Particularly famous for leopards, it is routinely the choice of wealthy safari cognoscenti. Sabi Sand is actually a conglomeration of smaller private reserves, with each one traditionally hosting only its own vehicles within its unfenced boundaries (some now share traversing rights).
Kruger National Park
In terms of wildlife, Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals is almost unparalleled, and all of Africa’s iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – live out their dramatic days here, along with a supporting cast of 137 other mammals and over 500 varieties of bird.
Beautiful granite kopjes (hills) pepper the bushveld in the south, the Lebombo Mountains rise from the savannah in the east, and tropical forests cut across the far north of the 19,485-sq-km park.
A vast network of roads allows you (incredibly) to explore on your own, guided wildlife activities are abundant and accommodation is both plentiful and great value. The only downside is that it can sometimes become overly busy, meaning you essentially have to wait in line for your turn to view the latest sighting.