Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Kruger National Park



We are always surprised at how a visit to Lion Sands Kruger National Park can completely restore our energy and allow us to take a breath and relax. When you’re right on the Sabie River, watching the animals, surrounded by bush and sky, you really feel like you’ve escaped from the world. With 5000 hectares of wild bush in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard, track down a herd of elephant or simply wait for them to come to you. 

Lion Sands Narina Lodge has nine private suites, making it a very personal experience. Like the bird it was named after (the narina trogon), the lodge is unobtrusive, yet undeniably beautiful, blending perfectly with the riverine forest vegetation. The main deck is on stilts overlooking the Sabie River, and the suites are connected by an elevated wooden walkway. The lodge comprises nine suites.

Our staff are often called mind readers, sometimes saints and quite frequently invited to go back home with our guests (an invitation which they politely decline). They make it possible for guests to surrender, with every need taken care of and the guests’ comfort their first priority. 

Life at Narina has a timeless quality, where you can get lost in a moment, and take the time to really explore this piece of Africa on the banks of the Sabie River. If you want to escape from real life, Narina is where you need to go. It is subtle, sophisticated and serene – it’s an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. 



Suites: 9 for 18 guests

Size of suites: 125m2

Double bed convertible to twin: Yes

Private plunge pool: Yes

Air-conditioning: Yes

Room fan: Yes

Mosquito nets: Yes

Outdoor shower: Yes

Indoor shower: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Satellite television: Yes (Public area only)

In-room safe: Yes

Personal bar: Yes

Telephone: Yes

Guests per safari vehicle: 6

Private 4 x 4 safari vehicle: Yes, subject to availability

Activities & features:

Tinyeleti Treehouse

Let the Sabie River itself welcome you to this endless African landscape. The Tinyeleti Treehouse, which translates to Many Stars, is not merely a vantage point from where to observe the splendor that is The Sabie River and all the life it sustains, but rather an open-air invitation to take your place
and become part of it.

Tinyeleti Treehouse is fully equipped for your relaxation and you can expect all the comforts of a luxury stay. Enjoy your choice of tapas or a full meal, and then settle in with a cocktail as the animals come to drink at sunset. The 50m2 deck can accommodate 4 people, and children are welcome. We will provide you with a torch, and, even though there is no electricity, you will find a few bars of cellphone signal.

Expect to hear the constant rush of life from the Sabie River on your doorstep, as well as a few animals, night predators and birds chiming in.

Tinyeleti is an uninterrupted overnight experience that cannot be replicated, but that will most definitely be re-told. That is, if you can find the words to describe it. For us who have come here many times over, well, we’re still at a loss.

More Community Trust - Get Your Hand Dirty

More Community Trust (MCT) welcomes hands on help from guests with a firm social conscience and will to get involved in keeping our development projects going. Our guest Get Your Hands Dirty programmes at Lion Sands Game Reserve (soon to be rolled out to all MORE’s properties) have been developed to meet the local community’s core needs around: education, health and environment, and infrastructure. These extraordinary social experiences bring guests into the heart of Southern Africa to connect with local people, while making their (and guests’ own) dreams come true.

A Get Your Hands Dirty experience will be customised to the individual guest or group’s strengths and areas of interest.

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Outstanding in Every Way!
— Traveller 2018