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Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Lion Sands is one of the private reserves within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Open borders with world-renowned Kruger National Park make it a prime wildlife viewing destination with an authentic wilderness ambiance. All of the Big Five and cheetah are present, and sightings are common – including of the normally secretive leopard.
Lion Sands has been family owned and managed since the early 1930s. Four 5-star lodges display style and sophistication while excellent food and service are part of the package. River Lodge offers a conventional bush experience while Ivory Lodge comprises of nine ultra-luxurious villas, awarded by Tatler magazine as 'Best Hotel in the World'. Tinga and Narina lodges are the newest additions and offer a different kind of style and luxury. Lion Sands owns a reasonable chunk of the Sabi Sands property and only offers limited traversing rights, which prevents over-crowding at wildlife sightings.
The wildlife viewing here is excellent. All high-profile safari animals are present and readily seen. This includes the leopard, which is usually difficult to find. Leopard are relaxed throughout the area, and you are almost guaranteed a sighting. Other wildlife you can expect to see includes giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and several antelope species. Night drives offer a chance to see some nocturnal species such as porcupine.
Lion Sands' terrain is primarily woodland savannah. The vegetation is quite thick, but this rarely affects animal sightings since the highly skilled guides and trackers are allowed to drive off-road.
See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more info
Lion Sands is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See the links below for more info about Sabi Sands.
Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
Feel instantly at home in this family-run reserve
In the far south of the Sabi Sands Reserve, with access to the Sabie River, Lion Sands is an exclusive concession in which your fellow guests are the only other wildlife-watchers you’ll see. The main place to stay, River Lodge, is...