Lion Sands Narina Lodge is much like it's sister lodge Tinga. Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Narina also has breath-taking views but isn't as family friendly. Like Tinga, the concession consists of a five-thousand hectare traverse in between the Sabie and Sand Rivers where Big 5 game viewing is very good.
Lion Sands Narina Lodge - The Details
Mirroring Lions Sands Tinga Lodge
, Narina is located within the Kruger National Park. With its own private concession, you do not have to worry about day vistiors or large buses. Staying here gives you access to roads that 'normal visitors' of the Kruger do not have and it is this access that draws people here.
Narina is made up of nine gorgeous suites, unlike Tinga, the lodge is more geared towards couples instead of families. With an age-restriction of no under tens, Narina tries to keep a sophisticated and adult atmosphere. There isn't a main pool at the lodge but each suite comes with its own private plunge pool.
The main lodge area isn't as spacious as Tinga and the decking spreads to the left and right of the lodge instead of to the front, this does give a slightly more crowded feel, however it is still beautiful nonetheless.
The views from the rooms and the main lodge are spectacular as it is still situated on the Sabie River. Game viewing from the comforts of your room certainly keep you entertained throughout the day and the rooms of course have every amenity you could wish for. Narina's rooms are modern, spacious and elegant, giving the ultimate luxury feel in the middle of the Kruger National Park.
The game viewing areas on game-drive include access in between the Sabie and the Sand River which attracts a magnificent amount of bird life and big game, especially big herds of elephants and countless lions.
One drawback may be that the traverse isn't as big as lodges in the Sabi Sands
, however a venture into the Sands from here is also possible on game drive!
The 'tree-houses' out in the bush are perfect for a luxury night sleeping under the stars. Placed along the banks of the Sabie River, your elevated bedroom for the night will give you first row seats to hear the honking of hippos, roaring of lions and the giggle of hyenas. Sleeping out in the bush is an experience not to be missed and Lion Sands pride themselves on the experience guests have from staying in the tree-houses. These nights must be booked in advance though as demand is extremely high.
The wonderful thing about a South African safari is that it is fantastic all year round. The best time of year for game viewing however, is generally during the dry season which falls between May and September. This is when the vegetation is at its lowest and water is at its scarcest. This means animals tend to congregate by the ever-drying waterholes and photography is easier.
During the rainy season (November-April), a plethora of migratory birds descend on the area which punctuate the lush green surroundings with flashes of colour and beautiful songs. Although game viewing is generally not as easy during these months due to the dense foliage, the colours in the landscape make for some outstanding photographic opportunities.
After your safari, staying in Cape Town
is a must. This vibrant and energetic city is the perfect place to relax after an exciting safari full of late nights and early mornings. There is so much to do here that we recommend you spend at least three nights in the city. With so many shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy as well as the multitude of marine life and natural surroundings to explore, there is never a dull moment in Cape Town.