Designed to offer more affordable accommodation than the nearby Ivory lodge, Lions Sands River lodge is the collections largest hotel and also its most affordable. The accommodation is simpler than the incredibly impressive Ivory Lodge and caters for a less ‘showy’ market. Game viewing in the area is just as good as at Ivory so the lodge is a great option for a more economical trip to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Lion Sands River Lodge - The Details
River Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River which provides beautiful views no matter where you are in the lodge. With the draw of water all year round, make sure you keep an eye out from your room as you never know what may come down to drink at the river during the middle of the day!
Although not as luxurious as Ivory, River Lodge is by no means lacking in the finer things. The rooms at River Lodge offer protection from the Lowveld heat as well as ensuring your stay is memorable and unforgettable. There are 18 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor and inside shower and a wooden viewing deck. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an overhead fan which is a needed during the humid summer months.
The facilities of the lodge will ensure time between game drives fly by. The is a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, two swimming pools, wooden viewing decks and a River Island Deck built on the river.
For those who want to be pampered or want to work out, there is also a health spa and a gymnasium.
If you are a keen birder, there is a bird hide, perfect for those photographic opportunities of the smaller things you may not get whilst out on game drive.
Unlike Lion Sands' Tinga and Narina, River Lodge is located in the South Eastern section of the Sabi Sands, not in the National Park. Sharing their traverse with Kirkmans Kamp and Tengile River Lodge, the game viewing here is some of the best in Africa.
Whilst the game viewing is great all year round, the different seasons do bring change to the bush in this concesion, yet the ever-flowing Sabi river is a constant source of nourishment for the wildlife in the area.
The dry season is typically the most popular time of year to visit. Between July and October, the cool mornings and evenings sandwich warm days that do not reach the soaring temperatures seen during the summer months. As the dry season progresses, foliage becomes thinner and water sources start drying up. The result is excellent wildlife viewing as the animals congregate in large numbers around the limited resources.
During the summer months, the rain transforms the bushveld from a dry and at times barren landscape into a lush, green environment that is punctuated with splashes of colour as the migratory birds arrive. Although game may be trickier to spot due to the increased foliage, the photographic opportunities are full of vibrancy and colour.
After your safari, staying in Cape Town
is a must. This 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.
If you have time, then heading into the surrounding winelands is a great opportunity to unwind at the very end of the holiday. A couple of nights in Franschhoek is generally more than enough, and there are a multitude of restaurants where you can indulge in the worlds finest wine and exquisite cuisine.