Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is located in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Sabi Sands Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with no fences the wildlife is able to move freely between Lion Sands in the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park.
The Lodge is located on the banks of the Sabie River with exceptional views onto the open sand banks of the Kruger National Park.
The main area and entrance to the lodge, comprise a private lounge, timber viewing decks, conference/meeting room, wine cellar, health spa, curio shop, indoor dining area as well as an open-air dining area which is known as a Boma. Ivory Lodge is all about elegance, sophistication yet simplicity, boldness yet balance, ebony & ivory, harmony, exclusivity and absolute privacy.
The Lodge consist of six spacious privately situated villas, each villa with a separate living room, private heated swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower – Ivory Lodge is 6-star luxury in the middle of the bush. The colour scheme of ebony and ivory is modern, while selected African accessories blend the old world with the new to create Afro-Euro chic. The Sabie River offers breathtaking views with flowing water all year round through the huge windows of each villa and from your private viewing terrace. The only neighbours you will see are elephants bathing in the river, or wildlife drinking water such as zebra, gnu and the large Nile crocodile.
Amenities in the rooms:
- King size bed with mosquito netting (can be converted to twin beds)
- En-suite bathroom
- Inside & outside shower
- Free standing bath & double vanity basin
- Private Viewing Deck
- Private heated plunge pool
- Lounge with a fireplace
- Air-conditioning and an overhead fan
- Safe & telephone
Our new premier wine cellar adds a new element to the guest experience. Our guests are welcome to enjoy a presentation and wine tasting in our cellar, which holds some of South Africa 's most outstanding wines. These can then be ordered to accompany the dinner.
Guests staying at Ivory Lodge will expereince something truly original: Cuisine inspired by African flavours and guided by the Western culinary tradition. Meals can either be served on the wooden decks under the shade of the Mahogany trees or in the romantic atmosphere of the dining room. You can even watch the staff prepare your meal in the kitchen or in the Traditional Shangaan Boma. Meals can also be taken in the privacy of your suite ... On request Safari Lunches and Bush Dinners can be arranged
The Curio Shop offers an abundant variety of Africa's rich traditions of art & craftsmanship. A comprehensive collection of original merchandise has been assembled: jewellery crafted by hand from Africa's own metals & gems; sculptures for the discerning investor; elegant bush fashion inspired by the beauty of the bush & quality outdoor gear; home wares and many more.
Lion Sands provides an array of activities to enhance your safari experience:
• Bush walks & game drives.
• Wildlife lectures and astronomy.
• Picnic lunches and bush dinners.
• Hippo Tours.
• Gymnasium & health spa.
Included in the nightly rate:
Done during the evening game drive & is kept as a surprise for those guests who have a keen interest in our solar system and the associated African folklore.
You will be driven to either the river hide or one of the open plains where breakfast is served. A full continental breakfast table is set and while having breakfast you will often view the animals joining you for breakfast .
A Bush Dinner can either be in a dry riverbed or under our African sky on an open plain. Light is provided only paraffin lamps & a huge open campfire. This dining experience will ensure one of the most unforgettable memories of your visit to Africa. Enjoy a sumptuous meal cooked on the open coals of the bush fire while listening to the night sounds
Prior to departing the ranger will assess the guest's fitness level and will structure the walk accordingly. During the summer months the walks are done in the early mornings and form part of the morning game drive. In winter the walk is done after breakfast but to ensure the best walking areas are accessed, the guest will leave the lodge in a Land Rover until the optimal walking route is reached. Once everyone (maximum 8 guests) has settled into the walk the ranger will start to talk on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the medicinal uses of certain plants to the basic skills of tracking animals. On returning to the vehicle light refreshments are served. This is a highly recommended activity in both summer & winter.
Guests are taken on early morning and evening open land rover game drives.
Often you do not get the chance to see the hippopotamus during either your morning & evening game drive as the Land Rover's traverse the interior of the reserve, focusing on the inland animals. This tour offers you a chance to observe this amazing creature in its natural habitat. There is also a good chance of seeing the enormous African Nile crocodiles (12/14ft), which inhabit the Sabie River.
You can request for a picnic lunch at either one of the River hides or Waterhole hide. Only offered during the winter, dry season months, as this is the time when wildlife are mostly seen around these water points.
The lectures cover a variety of wildlife topics. The Senior Ecologist & Head Ranger will ensure that the subject content is not only interesting but very site specific. The lectures will take place every alternate day. The reception desk will confirm the venue, content & spokesperson details.
* All outdoor activities are weather dependent and therefore remain optional.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
1 September - 22 December 2012
Double: R10 260.00 per person per night sharing
Single: R15 390.00 per person per night single
Peak Season Rates - 23 December 2012- 3 January 2013
Double: R11 280.00 per person per night sharing
Single: R16 920.00 per person per night single
4 January 2013 - 4 January 2014
Double: R11 490.00 per person per night sharing
Single: R17 240.00 per person per night single
Peak Season Rates - 20 December 2013 - 4 January 2014
Double: R12 640.00 per person per night sharing
Single: R18 960.00 per person per night single
Rates for IVORY Lodge Include
Ultra luxurious accommodation in a suite with private lounge and plunge pool
Three meals per day
Soft drinks, local brand beers and spirits house wines
Maxi bar in room (selected drinks & snacks)
Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger &
Game drive refreshments & snacks
Specified inclusive safari activities
Rates for IVORY Lodge exclude
Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
Maxi bar in room (premium drinks & snacks)
Cigars & cigarettes
All flights and transfers (including Skukuza Airport)
Curio shop purchases
Sabi Sand entrance fees
Any additional extras will be for the guests account
If you book and Stay 4 nights at Lion Sands you will get 1 night FREE
This Pay 3 stay 4 offer is Valid from 1 May 2013 – 31 August 2013, Subject to availability of rooms on promotion, Valid for all room categories, Must stipulate "Safari Lodges Stay MORE" at the time of making the reservation, The Safari Lodges Stay MORE package may not be used over the peak period of 20 December 2013 – 4 January 2014