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Location:Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge is a plush and luxurious family-owned safari lodge in the private Lion Sands Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park.

Many safari lodges in the Kruger National Park build rooms of wood and canvas for the intimate bush experience. These lodges tread a fine line between rustic charm and cheap shortcuts; not so at Lion Sands River Lodge. Built along the Sabie River, the large rooms have polished screed floors and the decor is demure shades of cream and brown with smart, modern lines, luxurious furnishings and, in a concession to the environment, deep thatched roofs.

At Lion Sands River Lodge in your luxury en suite chalet, you are by no means removed from the wonderful African bush of Kruger Park. An enormous wooden deck wraps around your large room with a view of the bush through French doors occupying an entire wall. The en suite bathroom is simply regal with marble finishes, free-standing slipper tubs, designer vanity stations and an all-glass shower cubicle.

Everything, from toiletries to linens is five-star quality. And what’s more there is a luxury suite as well: bigger, better and totally private for the ultimate in romance and comfort.

The living area is generous and well positioned with a view over the river and into Kruger Park. Delightful wooden walkways connect all the living spaces to your room.

And we’ve just finished check-in. Now it’s time for a spot of lunch and a safari: two more great features of this luxury safari lodge to write home about. The rates include all meals, drinks, teas and snacks as well as your amazing game viewing activities twice a day.

Game viewing is excellent in the Kruger Park. Taking your safari in the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve ensures you have an exclusive safari experience devoid of crowds and packed with wildlife including the big five and all of the Kruger Park’s amazing wild animals and birds.


Full-board rate includes all meals, local drinks including wines and spirits, refreshments on game drives; two game drives per day and included safari activities; 18 en suite chalets with indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning and ceiling fans, wooden game viewing deck, mini-bar, telephone, safe; the living area features a lounge, private bar, two swimming pools - one heated for winter swimming.


Inclusive activities at River Lodge are your morning and evening game drives; stargazing; bush breakfasts and dinners; bush walks; safari lunch in a hide; hippo tour and wildlife presentations. Optional extras include a night under the stars in a treehouse; health spa treatments; ballooning, golf, clay pigeons shooting, helicopter flips, private game drives and visit to the nearby communal village.

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About Us

Staff party photo from 2019 showing all staff smiling
  • Wilmari Wilmari
  • Bianca Bianca
  • Ulrike Ulrike
  • Chantelle Chantelle
  • Ashlee Ashlee
  • Bonique Bonique
  • Tessa Tessa
  • Janine Janine
  • Carmen Carmen
  • Anja Anja
  • Kirsti Kirsti
  • Petra Petra
  • Leandrie Leandrie
  • Jessica Jessica

“NTS was AMAZING! Special thanks to Wilmari for the best trip we have ever taken. 100% recommend!”

“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”

Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.”

“Ask for Chantelle, a true legend of patience, availability and efficiency. Will highly recommend.”

“I cannot say enough about this great company and Ashlee herself... best honeymoon we could have wished for!”

Bonique's recommendations were perfectly tailored to our needs with foresight and local knowledge... flawless.”

“The service and help we got from Tessa was fantastic, as a result we had a tremendous trip.”

Janine proposed us a great trip and it was nice to meet with her in Swakop. Definitely recommend!”

“I have no words to express my gratitude to Carmen and the NTS team for their excellent work.”

“Our family would like to thank Anja and everyone at NTS for organising such an incredible trip for us.”

Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”

“We worked with Petra and everything went flawlessly... can't recommend NTS highly enough!”

Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”

Jessica was AMAZING and so helpful with all of our concerns and questions - we had the most amazing trip.”