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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge - Ultimate luxury in the heart of the African Bush

"Unparalleled and extraordinarily beautiful in its simplicity and texture" is how Ivory Lodge has been described, and it has been recognised with various international awards. As the family who have carefully designed and crafted everything in this luxurious lodge, we are incredibly proud of Ivory Lodge's iconic status. And we know that very few will get to experience the African Bushveld in such lavish comfort and style.

Each suite is operated as a private Villa, which combines a glorious escape from reality and feeds ones soul with a kaleidoscope of sunset blues, pinks and purples. Intensely vibrant and quietly wild, Ivory Lodge is a place you would like to keep a secret but you will not be able to resist sharing with friends and family, alike. Our six luxurious suites offer exquisite simplistic style surrounded by untamed African Bush. Each suite includes a private rim flow pool, exquisitely appointed large dedicated bedroom and lounge, and simply More of everything.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

  01 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Per Person Sharing R25 855
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Single R38 785
Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa R142 435
  01 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Per Person Sharing R21 978
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Single R32 960
Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa R121 075
  18 Dec 2019 to 03 Jan 2020
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Per Person Sharing R29 720
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Single R44 580
Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa R163 805
  04 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Per Person Sharing R28 440
Ivory Lodge 1 Bedroom Villa Single R42 660
Ivory Lodge 2 Bedroom Villa R151 410

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DiscoverMORE

Valid from 4 January - 30 April 2019
and subject to availability of rooms

Maximum 2 rooms/4 guests

Book a minimum of six nights at any MORE property / properties in one itinerary, and receive a further 5% off your contracted Rate.

Must specify “DiscoverMORE Package” on enquiry and properties must be requested and booked at the same time. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured.

 

2.2 SafariMORE Experience

Valid from 1 March 2019 - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020


T&Cs:
Book 3 nights and receive an additional 2 FREE nights in a More Quarter’s Luxury One-bedroom Apartment.

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The SafariMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “SafariMORE Package” on enquiry. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured

Block Out Dates: 18 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 ; 1 – 15 February 2020

 

2.4 SafariMORE Experience

Valid from 4 May 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
One and Two Bedroom Apartments only
T&Cs:
Pay for 3 nights and get the 4th night free
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Minimum 3 night stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge, and the free night will be offered at Marataba Safari Lodge or Marataba Trails Lodge (i.e. guests will stay 3 nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge and 3 nights at Marataba Trails Lodge)
  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The SafariMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “SafariMORE Package” on enquiry. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured
 

2.5 DiscoverMORE

Valid from 4 January 2019 - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020 ; subject to availability of rooms


Book a minimum of 6 nights at any MORE property / properties in one itinerary, and receive a further 5% off your contracted Rate.

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The DiscoverMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “DiscoverMORE Package” on enquiry and properties must be requested and booked at the same time. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured.

2.6 AdventureMORE Experience

Valid from 4 January 2019 - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020 ; subject to availability of rooms


Pay for 3 nights at any MORE Safari Lodge, and 2 nights at Stanley & Livingtsone Boutique Hotel or Ursula's Homestead and get the 3rd nights free.

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The DiscoverMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “AdventureMORE Package” on enquiry and properties must be requested and booked at the same time. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured.

2.7 FriendsOfMORE Experience
Valid from 4 January 2019 - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020

T&Cs:
Repeat guests will be gifted 10% off their accommodation.

  • Valid for repeat guests, and excludes travelling companions who have not stayed at a MORE property previously

2.8 LoveMORE Experience

Valid from 4 January 2019 - 17 December 2019 and 4 January - 30 April 2020

T&Cs:
Spend 3 nights at any MORE property and one of the happy couple gets 20% off their accommodation rate.

  • Valid for a year after date of marriage
  • Marriage certificate to be provided

On Safari

The safaris take place either in the morning or late afternoon moving into the early evening. The reason for this is that it is when the wildlife are most active due to the temperatures being the most moderate. It is also important to note that this area does not get affected by a migration of species which means that the game viewing is consistently good all year round and the only change in seasons is really to the surrounding landscape and daily temperatures.

Fitness & Exercise

Although you are outdoors a large portion of the day one does not have the opportunity to do any strenuous exercise such as running as in this environment runners would be too great a temptation for all of those very opportunistic predators! Although we do offer some incredible wildlife walks we have created a workout gym for those of you who like to get in a little more of a workout to keep in shape.

Africology Wellness

The Spa at Lion Sands is a Tranquil retreat, realigning your body with nature, and its connectedness to the divine. Our focus is on cutting edge spa therapies where holisms are embraced. Bespoke in our approach - we listen to you and your body’s need and guide accordingly Never neglecting our sense of luxury & opulence, we continue to respect our environment.

Weddings

We have hosted both intimate and larger safari weddings at our private lodges, so we know what a memorable setting they can be for that special occasion. If you are considering getting married with us, please make contact so that we can start planning and tailoring the event early, as we know that each occasion is unique in its requirements. You can either come meet with us at the lodge, or we can communicate via telephone to start sculpting the perfect program of events for your consideration.

Honeymoon

Follow your heart to the bush. Whether it’s your first breakaway as a couple or your second honeymoon, you want it to be an unforgettable experience. Romantic, idyllic, private and secluded – Lion Sands, out of all our Lodges, must be the most idyllic setting to celebrate the start of a new life together or to fall in love all over again. The suites are private, spacious, luxurious, have incredible vistas over the river so game viewing or just being together can be done from your own viewing deck, they have outdoor showers and their own private plunge pools, a complete haven to just be.

Air-conditioning Yes
Fireplace Yes
Room Fans Yes
Mosquito Nets Yes
Outdoor Shower Yes
Indoor Showers Yes
Separate W.C. Yes
Wi-Fi FREE Yes (Public Area only)
Satellite Television Yes (Public Area only)
In Room Safe Yes
Personal Bars Yes
Telephone Yes
Hairdryers Yes
Conference Facilities No
Suitable for disabled guests Yes, with assistance
Distance between Rooms 10-15m (33-49ft)
Flights Daily (1h10min from Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg)
Airport Yes (30 minutes)
Landing Fees (Airport Departure Tax) Yes, 90.00 ZAR per guest *subject to change without prior notice
Airport Transfers Yes, 35.00 ZAR per guest one way. 70.00 ZAR per one way per adult/child for Skukuza Airport transfers.
Conservation/Entrance Fee Yes, 150.00 ZAR per vehicle includes driver and 30.00 ZAR per additional person *subject to change without prior notice
Helipad Yes, 24º58'2.22" S, 31º31'30.20" E
Guests per safari vehicle 6
Private 4x4 safari vehicle Yes, subject to availability
Private 4x4 safari vehicle rate 5,450.00 ZAR per day
Languages of Field Rangers English, Afrikaans
Gratuity Recommendation 300.00 ZAR per guest per day (50% to Field Ranger & Tracker; 20% to Butler; 30% to General Staff)
Kosher Food Yes, with prior notice, extra cost
Power 220v AC
Credit Cards Visa, MC, Diners, Amex
rates subject to change without prior notice

We’ve taken our cue from Mother Nature to create a lodge built ‘of the earth’, with natural materials which will only enhance the surrounding bush environment. The timeless design incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. A sophisticated mid-century architectural contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes – all of which combine to make Lion Sands Ivory Lodge an utterly sensory experience.

Ivory Lodge’s interiors reflect an elegant balance between intelligent design and an organic expression of the earth. Light, sound, flow, wood, water and air weave into the golden thread of the lodge’s architectural inspiration.

Despite being well grounded, there is an ‘otherwordly’ quality to Ivory Lodge, represented by the feather. Each of the Villas takes its name from an indigenous bird, and spectacular man-sized prints find pride of place throughout the lodge.

THE LODGE: QUICK FACTS

  • Ivory Lodge comprises of 8 Single Villas, and 1 Double-Suite Villa
  • All Villas occupy an elevated position, with most overlooking the perennial Sabie River
  • Lodge facilities include a lounge, dining and relaxation space, with an expansive wooden deck overlooking the Sabie River, art gallery and an Africology luxury spa and gym

THE VILLAS: QUICK FACTS

  • Each of the 8 Villas has been designed for privacy and optimum appreciation of the surrounding wilderness. Each Single Unit has;
  • Master bedroom with bathroom en-suite
  • Double volume wardrobe area
  • Outdoor shower in an indigenous garden forest
  • Private lounge area with fireplace
  • A private pool and expansive viewing deck, as well as a covered patio
  • Children 10 years and older are welcome

 

Safaris

A safari is a sociable experience by its very nature. Guests from all backgrounds tend to mix easily when you inevitably end up in friendly competition to spot an animal first and share the thrill when you do. But you also have the option of a private guide and vehicle if you prefer the freedom to set your own pace and decide what you’d like to focus on.

The Wild Life

Africa has been called the greatest show on earth, and Lion Sands presents a safari that plays out like a highlights reel. Our reserve conserves 5 000ha (12 500ac) of a habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You will see all of Africa’s iconic species – lion leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and zebra – along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird. Our safaris present an adventure that is wild, and then some!

An Exclusive Experience


Being entirely private, Lion Sands offers you an intimate safari experience. With only six guests to a game viewer and exclusive traversing on our reserve, you’ll have minimal encounters with other people. Though compelling sightings do attract more attention, the number of vehicles here is also limited. This ensures the animals aren’t put under stress and you are able to spend more time with them, observing their natural behaviour. While you are out exploring, you will by no means be roughing it. Your game viewer has cushioned bucket seats, waterproof device holders, blankets and ponchos – and stops off in a scenic spot for drinks and snacks.

Safari Stops


As one of Lion Sands’ many tailor-made experiences, our safari stops are something truly special. Between the action, they are pauses to simply appreciate being in the bush and in the moment. An exciting morning breaks for hot beverages – with sneaky tots of Amarula liqueur, if you like – and freshly-baked treats, as the animals begin to stir. Your afternoon winds down with sundowners and nibbles in a surprise location, which your field guide has found to show off what is possibly the day’s most epic event – an African sunset.

Your MORE Guides


Our safaris bring you face-to-face with the natural world, but what would they be without your field guide and tracker who know how to heighten the thrill of the search? All are FGASA-qualified (some by our own NJ MORE Field Guide College), and highly-skilled at leading safaris in Big Five territories and tailoring them to your personal interests. But more than that, they are selected for their palpable love of the world’s last wild places and their ability to inspire this in you ­– putting them in a league of their own. They are your scouts, teachers, translators and ­– given how much time you spend with them – friends, so your affinity with your guiding team is essential.

Walking Safaris


These are our after-breakfast walks on the wild side. For those who wish to experience the bush, not just observe it, there is no better guided excursion. You are dropped in the thick of things and all five senses engage… Feel the scrub crunch beneath your feet, touch a velvety acacia seed pod, hear the crack of a branch indicating you are not alone, and spot the game appear just metres off – exhilarating! This is also a wonderful opportunity to encounter the smaller creatures, often missed on safari vehicles, and to discover more about the reserve’s plants – many with fascinating medicinal properties and traditional uses.

The Best of Both Worlds


Lion Sands Game Reserve is unique, being the only private sanctuary rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. The 50km (31mi) border between these great wildernesses is unfenced, and only the Sabie River separates our Sabi and Kruger regions. The wildlife roams freely between them, and at Lion Sands we see the passage of an unparalleled number and diversity of species. They are non-migratory, so you are guaranteed an exceptional safari, year-round – influenced by season, rather than location. Autumn and winter are best for spotting game though the sparse bush, and spring and summer for seeing newborns and exotic bird species. Our reserve is also renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing – the most elusive of predators.

An African Safari – just its mention inspires something-out-of-a-movie imaginings – sets the scene for any number of experiences to play out. From weddings with elephants on the guest list, to photography expeditions that take you within a hair’s breadth of the wildlife – whatever your special interest or request, we will create a bespoke safari for you to realise your own dream.

Of course this includes luxury accommodation in a captivating location, sincere and attentive hospitality and excellent food, all wrapped up by seamless logistics. And with our years of experience, you can trust us to pull it off.

Weddings

The magic of this immemorial land cannot be underestimated when the matters at hand are love and devotion. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and celebrate your union where forever began. We will plan your secret elopement/ intimate nuptials/roaring celebration – down to the last wildly-romantic detail. This leaves you with time to focus on each other, spend with family and friends, and take it all in…

Bird Watching

Your FGASA-accredited field guide has a vast knowledge of the reserve and its inhabitants, and will gladly tailor a safari to your birding interest. South Africa’s resident species number over 850 and with Lion Sands home to 450 of those, including the rare southern ground hornbill, the birdwatching here is spectacular! And there’s always a spare pair of binocs on the vehicle, so no need to panic if you’ve left yours behind. 

Photography

We understand that photographers need time and independence, and our safaris offering exclusive traversing across the reserve are ideal. Your experienced field guide will get you up close for the perfect shot and the vehicle caters for your interest, too with bucket seats and compartments for your equipment. Back at River Lodge, the Creative Lab is available for you to edit and print your work onto canvas.

Spa & Wellness

In our experience, being well taken care of inspires a fundamental sense of well-being. And how better to indulge than with luxurious accommodation, wholesome food, and spa therapies? We favour Africology products, instilled with the belief that self-care brings balance. So with our massages, wraps and facials, we promise a wellness experience to rejuvenate your body, quiet your mind, and revitalise your spirit.

Food & Wine

From boma feasts to safari refreshment stops, dining promises to be a highlight – for all our guests, with any dietary requirement, including kosher, catered for. Our chefs transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste for Southern Africa. Paired with premium wines from the Cape, dining becomes an experience. Our wine tastings are also a favourite of connoisseurs and dabblers, alike.

Rates Include:

  • Ultra luxurious accommodation in a Villa, with private lounge and plunge pool;
  • All meals,  Teas/Coffees; Maxi bar in room;
  • Selected premium brands beer, spirits & cellar wines and champagnes;
  • Laundry;
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker; Game drive refreshments & snacks; 
  • Specified inclusive safari activities;
  • Skukuza Airport transfers, Wi-Fi
  • Ivory Lodge 2-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa - private open safari vehicle and personal field guide, personal chef;
  • Swimming pool
  • Gymnasium, Spa treatment room, boma with firepit, gazebo 

Rates Exclude:

  • Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport transfer); Gratuities; Telephone calls;
  • Curio shop purchases;
  • Spa treatments;
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests' account
  • Sabi Sand Entrance Fees: R120 per person
  • Guests Conservation Contribution, this is a mandatory contribution: per guests per day

Special Activities Included

  • Game drives , bush walks, hippo experience, stargazing, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and bush dinners,
  • Henna Pre-School visit (excludes weekends, school holidays and public holidays)

Special Activities Excludes

  • Treehouse experiences, private open safari vehicle hire, helicopter flights, golfing

Peak Period Supplement & Minimum Nights Stays

The high demand period is deemed to be: 18 December - 3 January and minimum three night stay required.
Please also note the below minimum pax requirement during the peak period:
2-bedroom Ivory Lodge Villa - Minimum 4 adult

Single Room Policy

  • An allocation of rooms/suites is kept for single travellers where a supplement will not apply. These rooms/suites are subject to availability.
  • A supplement of 50% of the adult rate will be applied if the single rooms/suites are not available.
  • Single supplements will not be waivered when a booking involves one of the MORE Experiences.

Triple Rooms & Interconnecting Rooms

  • There are no interleading suites in the 1-bedroom Villas
  • There are no triple rooms in the 1-bedroom Villas
  • Fish Eagle Villa (2 bedrooms) can accommodate a maximum of 6 people (4 adults and 2 children)

Children Policy

  •      We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10years
  •      Children aged 10-15 years pay 50% of the full adult sharing rate.
  •      Children aged 16 years and older pay full adult sharing rate.

     If two children under 16 are in a room on their own, the first child pays full adult sharing rate (inclusive of interconnecting room)

Children of all ages can be accommodated in Ivory Lodge's 2 bedroom Fish Eagle Villa, and children 6 years and older can be accommodated in Tinga Lodge's 2-bedroom Hi'Nkweni Villa

Privat Land Rover

  • ZAR 9 040 per day
  • Rates are quoted per vehicle “per night booked” from 2pm on first day to 11am the following day.
  • Minimum 2 day booking and subject to availability.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

  • 50% deposit is due on confirmation of booking to secure the reservation, of which 10 % is non-refundable.
  • Full prepayment must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 30 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation. Besides the 10% non refundable deposit, refunds thereafter are at the discretion of management and if agreed, is subject to a 10% administration fee.
  • Please note that cancellation fees are charged on any amendments, reduction in rooms or reduction in guests which affect the original value of the confirmed booking.
  • 31 – 60 days prior to arrival: 25 % cancellation fee on the value of the booking
  • 0 – 30 days prior to arrival: 100 % cancellation fee on the value of the booking

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