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Sabi Sands

Lion Sands River Lodge

Contemporary and Ultra Luxe Lodge

Retreat to the Sabie River

River Lodge is a wonderfully contemporary safari retreat strung along the edge of the winding Sabie River in the Lion Sands Game Reserve, a place rich with birdlife and teeming with game.

There are 20 rooms, including inter-leading suites which a ideal for families and two more private River Suites with fabulous bathrooms. All come with their own private wooden viewing deck looking out over the waterway or bush – you may not have to leave the privacy of your room to see roaming wildlife.

Wooden walkways connect rooms to the welcoming and warm communal areas, with guest congregating around the two swimming pools, boma area, bar lounge and even in the bird hide. There’s also a spa to unwind at between expertly guided game drives or, for a timeless safari experience, venture out into the bush on foot. The reserve also has luxurious tree houses for an unforgettable night out under the stars surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness.


20 spacious rooms with private viewing decks

Dip your toes into either of the two swimming pools

Relax in the bar lounge

Spot wildlife in the bird hide

Unwind at the spa

Embark on game drives

Venture out into the bush on foot

The impact of your stay:

  • The lodges are integral to the Lion Sands Private Reserve, preserving 12,400 hectares of habitat that hosts the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. In addition to the big five, this area is crucial for the African wild dog, an endangered species with its highest population of just 3,000 in Southern Africa. Your stay contributes to The Wild Dog Project, an initiative aimed at expanding their habitats, fostering coexistence with human communities, and advocating for legislation to protect and increase the range, number, and status of these animals.


  • Your stay directly contributes to the More Community Foundation, funding social initiatives like the Dignity Drive. This project provides reusable and sustainable sanitary care to young girls in low-income communities in South Africa.
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Places to combine Lion Sands River Lodge with


Cape Town

The Silo
With sweeping views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain as a backdrop, and the buzz of a working harbour, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s prime locations. It is here that you’ll find The Silo. The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa when it was built in 1924, and the luxury hotel is located in the former elevator tower. The creative brain behind the project is that of prominent British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, whose iconic works include the Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and London’s new Routemaster bus. The Silo occupies six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. A partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, this cultural institution focuses on exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, with the Zeitz Collection forming its founding exhibition. Taking its place on Cape Town’s skyline, the hotel is a beacon of modern design. The industrial aesthetics remain with the addition of pillowed glazing panels which bulge outwards as if gently inflated. At night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern. Each of the 28 rooms, which include a magnificent penthouse suite, are individually designed and strike the balance between industrial, stylish and comfortable. The creative team have been busy sourcing pieces from Cape Town and across the world, to ensure each room tells its own story without detracting from the natural beauty of the city, which can be seen through the 18-foot windows. Another key feature is the huge grain-shaped atrium carved out of the interior of the grain silos. The art in the hotel is in keeping with the collections in the museum. Appreciate the 360 degree panoramic views from the restaurant, champagne bar and glass swimming pool located on the rooftop while casting your eye across the ocean, city bowl and mountains. There is also a café, piano bar, spa and fitness centre and when you want to go exploring, the Waterfront itself offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars.