Lion Sands Ivory Lodge





Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve


 

Overview

Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. It is an extraordinary gift passed down over generations and even for those of us who have known its sweeping landscapes since birth, it remains a place of overwhelming beauty and discovery. 

Our family is one of the most fortunate in the world to have the privilege of being the custodians of one of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. In the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, we have created an iconic destination, which is as close to perfection as any place in Africa can take you. At Lion Sands you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of our “bushveld”, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit us. 

The international award winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is ultra luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. The lodge is about overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite is operated as a private villa. Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into this private recluse – arguably the worlds finest suite.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge was awarded third best hotel in the world by Tatler Magazine in 2010 and has been included in their “101 Best Hotels in the World” 2008, 2009 & 2011 listings. Ivory Lodge is also a proud member of Virtuoso, the largest exclusive by invitation only travel network group in the world.

The public areas at Ivory Lodge offers guests the following: a private bar with fireplace, a library lounge , well stocked wine cellar, wooden viewing decks, a magnificent River Island Deck built on the river, Africology Health Spa & gymnasium, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air (Boma) dining area.

ROOMS:

One bedroom Villa

  • Suites: 8 for 16 guests

  • Size of suites: 145m2

  • Double bed convertible to twin: Yes

  • Treehouse: Yes (Kingston & Chalkley)

  • Private plunge pool: Yes

  • Air-conditioning: Yes

  • Fireplace: 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

  • Suitable for disabled guests: No

  • Guests per safari vehicle: 6

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

2-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa

  • Suites: 1 for 6 guests (4 adults & 2 children)

  • Double bed convertible to twin: Yes

  • Treehouse: Yes (Kingston & Chalkley)

  • Private plunge pool: Yes

  • Air-conditioning: Yes

  • Fireplace: 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

  • Suitable for disabled guests: No

  • Guests per safari vehicle: 6

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

Activities & features:

Chalkley Treehouse

The African landscape stretches as far as the eye can see at Lion Sands, and we knew we had to find a special place to capture and enjoy its vastness and splendour. Guy Aubrey Chalkley once set up camp in a majestic centuries old Leadwood Tree to escape predators roaming the plains
below.

We decided that this would be the ideal place to build the ultimate bush bedroom, the Chalkley Treehouse. The tree house is a secure and lavish platform under the African stars, with all the comforts that a guest can experience at a five star safari lodge. We take our guests to the tree house at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await them. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.

Kingston Treehouse

Make your way through rows of magnificent white boulders and across a small drawbridge, and you will find Africa opening up in front if you. Set amid the pure and untouched wild, you will be surrounded by African bush and uninhibited wildlife at its best.

The Kingston Treehouse is constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. No matter what the weather has in store, you will have a safe and luxurious setting with a unique window to enjoy the ever-changing views. In fact, we defy you to find two identical African sunsets The 60m2 Treehouse is situated about 5 minutes from the main lodge, and you will have radio contact with the rangers, should you choose to. You will also find some cellphone reception; but don’t expect any wi-fi in the bush. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities, and Africology products to complete your sensory experience.

More Community Trust - Get Your Hand Dirty programme

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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Reviews:


Amazing, beautiful, lovely staff and incredible surroundings!
— Traveller 2018