Lion Sands 1933 Lodge all three lodges of Lion Sands Game Reserve are found alongside the perennial Sabie River, and where there is water there is wildlife!
This Lion Sands lodge, which is a tribute to a bygone era, symbolises the character of the raw and exciting nature of South Africa. With a warm and traditional timber and thatch look throughout the lodge every traveller will feel at home. Comfort, relaxation and adventure are the key words of your stay. Lion Sands 1933 consists of just four spacious luxurious suites, all with views over the Sabi River. Amidst the silence, only to be broken by the chatter of birds and curious vervet monkeys, this is the ideal place for relaxation and an adventuruous stay in South Africa. All suites are extremely spacious, the bathrooms inviting and every suite has the luxury of an outside shower. A large kitchen is at your disposal to cook with your whole family (including a private chef). In the middle of the South African bushveld, there is always something to see and experience. When you are lucky you even have the chance seeing the Big Five roaming around Lion Sands 1933 Lodge.
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Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Accommodation
The 1933 Lodge is a family-friendly destination, and is a large exclusive-use home that offers plenty of luxury and personal service. With dedicated staff members that are skilled at ensuring their guests are comfortable with their every need met, from fine cuisine to the entertainment of the younger guests, the lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Four beautifully designed suites that have unobstructed views of the river are available, and in addition, the lodge features a unique children’s dormitory with enough room for up to eight children. The children simply adore this room because they feel as if they have their own special place within the lodge.
Guests are completely spoilt with private game drives to see the amazing wildlife of the reserve; delicious meals prepared by their personal chef and relaxing spa treatments at the Health Spa. The lovely, cool swimming pool will also beckon on warmer days. The 1933 Lodge is a warm and welcoming retreat that you will remember as one of the best parts about your exciting African safari adventure.
- Reception Lounge.
- Main Kitchen.
- Laundry Room.
- Presentation Kitchen.
- Dining Room.
- Lounge with Fireplace.
- Outdoor Living Room.
- Open Dining Area on Wooden Deck.
- Guest Bathroom.
- Wine Cellar.
- Gym & Sauna.
- Additional lounge/Playroom with satellite television.
- Internet connectivity.
- Lap swimming pool.
- Wooden wrap-around decks.
- Air conditioning & overhead fans.
Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Features
At the 1933 Lion Sands Lodge, there are several suites that are intended for adults as well as a dormitory room that is ideal for younger guests. Three of the adult suites are separate from the main building, but connected by raised wooden walkways. They are certainly unique and a lovely experience. The fourth suite is in the main lodge area. Within your suite you will find exquisite furnishings with tasteful décor, and an en-suite bathroom that is attractive and equipped with a floating bath. If you would like to have an even greater connection with the bush then the outdoor showers of the three free-standing suites will be perfect for you. The rooms include dressing tables, overhead fans, air conditioning and a private mini-bar.
The children’s dormitory is gorgeous and spacious, with eight beds and two bathrooms. One of the bathrooms has a shower and bath, while the other is equipped with a shower only. The dormitory even features an inter-leading room where a nanny or au-pair can stay close by to the children.
The children’s dormitory sleeps a maximum of 8 children, with an inter-leading room ideal for an au-pair or nanny. The dormitory offers 2 bathrooms, one with a shower and bath and another with just a shower.
Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Accommodation: Childrens Dormitory
- Childrens dormitory, sleeping max 8 children.
- Interleading Au-pair/security bedroom.
- Two bathrooms (one with bath & shower, one with shower only).
- 4 Luxurious Suites (Sleeping max 8 adults).
- 1 Adjoining main public area.
- 3 Free standing suites joined by raised wooden walkways.
- Double bed (or twins).
- Lobby reception.
- En-suite bathroom.
- Indoor & Outdoor shower (3 free standing suites).
- Floating bath.
- Double vanity with dressing table.
- Air-conditioning & overhead fan.
- Electronic safe.
- Personal bars.
- Private wooden viewing deck.
Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Walks
Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1½ to 2 hours, depending on the fitness level of guests. In summer, due to the heat, walks may be incorporated into the morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.
The bush takes on a completely different perspective when you are on foot. Each of your senses will be on full alert as you feel the grass and stones beneath your feet; touch the leathery leaves of trees you walk beneath; smell the musky scent of wild animals in the vicinity; taste the sweet grass of the veld; and hear the crack of a branch indicating you are not alone.
There is no such thing as a “typical” walk at Lion Sands. Every guest will have unique interests, and our guides are adept at playing to those interests – be they mammals, birds, flora, insects or geology. Field Guide and Ranger duos like nothing better than getting on foot, and sharing their passion for the bush with like-minded visitors.
What To Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Sunscreen and hats.
- Binoculars & camera.
- Suitably coloured clothing (no bright colours).
Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Activities
Guests of the 1933 Lion Sands Lodge are offered exceptional opportunities to view the Big Five, especially the predators, and a large selection of other birds and animals. Game drives are arranged according to the guests’ schedule and are always an exciting experience. They are four hours in duration and will take you right into the heart of the reserve for close animal sightings.
The qualified and skilled rangers and trackers know just how to get to the best places for action, and will entertain you with their vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora. The night drives are particularly amazing as the predators, such as leopard, hunt when the sun goes down. If you are lucky you will spot a leopard or lion stalking their prey. In the dark you will also encounter animals such as bush babies and the elusive genet.
Optional bush walks can be arranged and are a great chance to get close to the natural vegetation and wildlife of the reserve. The walks are a different experience to the game drives, as you will learn to identify birds, insects and smaller mammals, and will learn more about the local bush lore.
Unique to Lion Sands are the Hippo Tours. These tours are extremely popular with both children and adults alike, and allow guests to discover these incredible creatures and more about the water ecosystem that surrounds the lodge. Further opportunities exist to visit the Henna Pre-School and HIV Clinic for an insightful journey to learn about the local history and culture of the area.
Lion Sands 1933 Lodge Reviews
We just had a magical stay at Lion Sands and can’t wait to return. Patricia, the manager, has created an extraordinary lodge with amazing service. The villas are beautiful, the staff is amazing, the food is beautiful and the safari rides are the best. We have been to other camps in Africa and we can’t recommend Lion Sands highly enough!– Carol R
We stayed at River Lodge in early June for a couple of nights, paired with another couple of nights at Narina, having stayed here for 4 nights a few years ago. We loved it again!
The service is friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is laid back and informal and the whole ambience and positioning of the lodge on the banks of the river is perfect for a safari destination. The rooms are well equipped and super comfortable, each with a view of the river bed a few meters away, the food was excellent with a wide choice at each meal, and drinks are freely available either in your room or in the large outdoor communal lounge and deck area.
The safari drives we had were spectacular – Stanley, our ranger, whom we had also driven with on our previous stay, went out of his way to make our drives interesting and scenically beautiful too – and of course we managed to see all the big and small game as well! Amongst others, we were within feet of a leopard in a tree with a very recent kill, also to wild dogs and hyenas, and closer than I can ever remember being to both elephant and buffalo off road.
The hot water bottles and blankets certainly increase the comfort of the first two hours of the chilly early morning game drives, and my only small suggestion for improvement would be that the lodge served/offered to serve evening dinners under cover during the winter, as they do in the summer rainfall season, as on the nights we were there it was unpleasantly cold to sit on the deck in the dark while eating, notwithstanding the kind provision of blankets for us! – ChrisSingapore2015