• Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge

River Lodge - You are home.

River Lodge is the origin of the Lion Sands safari – the elemental safari. Here guests can expect a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with an emphasis on clean lines, optimised natural light and contemporary décor.

Living spaces include a Safari Lounge and Bar; Barista’s Station with artisanal coffees; Gallery (showcasing the works of renowned local artists); and OneLife MORE boutique.

The dining experience includes the traditional Boma ‘with a twist’; the signature Riverbed dinners and deck dining, in the shade of the trees and overlooking the Sabie River. Breakfast is a home-styled experience.

Lodge facilities include: a main swimming pool area; a ‘Memory Lab’, where guests are able to print their photographs on canvas; and a Firepit for sociable nocturnal gatherings beneath the stars. River Lodge’s accommodation comprises 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites (each with its own plunge pool). One of the River Suites has 2 bedrooms.

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

Luxury Room - Single
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R17 880
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R15 205
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R20 555
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R18 960
Luxury Room - Per person sharing
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R11 920
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R10 135
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R13 705
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R12 640
Superior Luxury Room - Single
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R19 650
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R16 705
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R22 585
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R21 605
Superior Luxury Room - Per person sharing
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R13 100
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R11 135
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R15 055
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R14 405
River Suite - Single
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R22 335
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R18 985
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R25 690
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R24 565
River Suite - Per person sharing
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R14 890
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R12 655
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R17 125
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R16 375
2 Bedroom River Suite - Per person sharing
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019 R14 890
1 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019 R12 655
18 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020 R17 125
4 Jan 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 R16 375


Rates Include:

  • Luxurious accommodation in a Luxury, Superior Luxury Room / Suite (River Lodge) ;
  • Three meals per day; Teas/Coffees;
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker;
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks;
  • Specified inclusive safari activities;
  • Skukuza Airport transfers,. Wi-Fi in public areas

Rates Exclude:

  • Laundry; Beverages; Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport); Gratuities; Telephone calls; Curio shop purchases; Spa treatments; Sabi Sand & KNP Entrance fees;
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests’ account Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution; this is a mandatory contribution: R 100 per guest per day. (Non-VATable)
Domestic Rate
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019
  Per Person sharing Single
River Lodge Luxury Room R8 550 R12 850
River Lodge Superior Room R9 390 R14 120
River Lodge River Suite R10 710 R16 050
Special Domestic Rate 1-30 Day
4 Jan 2019 to 30 Nov 2019
  Per Person sharing Single
River Lodge Luxury Room R7 310 R11 010
River Lodge Superior Room R8 050 R12 100
River Lodge River Suite R9 180 R13 760

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Rates Include:

  • Luxurious accommodation in a Luxury, Superior Luxury Room or River Suite (with plunge pool)
  • All meals, Teas/Coffees; Mini bar in room; Inclusive drinks & selected snacks (all soft drinks and selection of beers, spirits & house wines);
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker; Game drive refreshments & snacks;
  • Specified inclusive safari activities;
  • Skukuza Airport transfers,
  • Wi-fi in public areas
  • Quoted in South African Rands (ZAR)

Rates Exclude:

  • Laundry; Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes; Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport); Gratuities;
  • Telephone calls; Curio shop purchases; Spa treatments;
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests’ account
  • Sabi Sand & KNP Entrace fees (2018) R120 per person and guests conservation contribution;

Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution: this is a mandatory contribution, (2018) R114 per guest 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

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 Room & Interconnecting Rooms

Lion Sands River Lodge

  • One Luxury Room will be suitable for triple room, and booking of this room is subject to availability
  • The rate for the third person in a triple room is 50% of the per person sharing rate (maximum 3 pax)
  • 3rd person sharing will be restricted to children under the age of 16
  • There are four interleading Superior Luxury Rooms
  • Two Bedroom River Suite is for occupancy of 3 pax or more. Per Person rates apply

 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)

 

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.
  • 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
Domestic Rates
  • There is a peak period and minimum 3 night stay at all properties from the 18 December 2018 – 3 January 2019.

Rates Include:

  • Luxurious accommodation in a Luxury, Superior Luxury Room /River Suite with plunge pool (River Lodge) and in a suite with private lounge and plunge pool (Tinga Lodge & Narina Lodge);
  • Three meals per day; Teas/Coffees;
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger & tracker;
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks;
  • Specified inclusive safari activities;
  • Skukuza Airport transfers,.
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Rates Exclude:

  • Laundry;
  • Beverages;
  • Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport); Gratuities;
  • Telephone calls;
  • Curio shop purchases;
  • Spa treatments;
  • Sabi Sand & KNP Entrance fees;
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests’ account
  • Guest Conservation Contribution; this is a mandatory contribution: R 114 per guest per day.

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 (public areas only)
Room Fans Yes
Mosquito Nets Yes
Outdoor Shower Yes (Superior Luxury Room Only)
Indoor Showers Yes
Separate W.C. Yes (Superior Luxury Room Only)
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 Yes
Suitable for disabled guests Yes, with assistance
Distance between Rooms 0-8m (0-25ft)
Flights Daily (1h10min from Oliver Tambo Airport, Johannesburg)
Airport Yes (25 minutes)
Landing Fees (Airport Departure Tax) Yes, ZAR90.00 per guest *subject to change without prior notice
Airport Transfers Yes, ZAR35.00 per guest one way. Please note that from 1st August 2012 we will be charging ZAR70.00 per one way per adult/child for Skukuza Airport transfers.
Conservation/Entrance Fee Yes, ZAR150.00 per vehicle includes driver and ZAR30.00 per additional person
Helipad Yes, 24º58'2.22" S, 31º31'30.20" E
Guests per safari vehicle 8
Private 4x4 safari vehicle Yes, subject to availability
Private 4x4 safari vehicle rate ZAR5,450.00 per day
Languages of Field Rangers English, Afrikaans
Gratuity Recommendation ZAR300.00 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

A view like we have of the Sabie River cannot be wasted, which is why we insisted on giving each of the 20 luxuriously thatched bedrooms at River Lodge its own private wooden viewing deck. With the quietly rambling river outside your room, you won't have to go far to see wildlife or to drink in the surrounding Sabi Sand Reserve.

Suites 20 (12 Luxury & 8 Superior Luxury)
Size of Luxury Suites 66m2 / 711ft2 Luxury
Size of Superior Luxury Suites 98m2/1054ft2 Superior Luxury
Guests 40
Children Yes (10 years and older)
Children Rate 10-15, 50% of Adult Rate
Children on Safari Yes (10 years and older)
Children Activities Yes
Babysitting Not applicable
Triple Rooms (sleeper couch) Not Applicable
Single Traveler Supplement 2 rooms where no supplement is charged
Double bed convertible to twin Yes
Central Public Pool Yes (2 pools)
Private Plunge Pools No
DiscoverMORE

Valid from 4 January - 30 Aprill 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.

EXCLUSIVE MORE EXPERIENCES
2.1 SeeMORE Experience
 
Valid until 28 February 2019
 

T&Cs:
Book 3 nights and receive an additional 3 FREE nights in a More Quarter’s Luxury One-bedroom Apartment OR Cadogan Boutique Hotel Standard Room. Luxury Room applicable for Lion Sands Ivory Lodge booking only.
valid until 28 February 2019, subject to availability of rooms.

  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The SeeMORE PLUS package can be only booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “SeeMORE PLUS Package” on enquiry. 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 previoustly
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

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