Imagine residing in pure luxury in the beautiful expanse of Africa’s nature. Safari by day and dine on a candle-lit terrace at night, listening to the sounds of wild animals in the evening air. Truly at one with nature, a stay at the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, is an unforgettable experience.

On many a bucket list is the thrill and excitement of seeing Africa’s Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo. Here you can make those dreams a reality, and at the same time reconnect with life and one another.

The Lion Sands Game Reserve

Situated in the Sabi Sands, which boasts one of the planet’s highest concentrations of animal species, the Lion Sands Lodges offer exquisite treehouse-style rooms, and luxury suites with private decks and plunge pools. Relax in open-air lounges and dine overlooking the Sabie River. With impeccable service, guests reside like royalty with every need taken care of.

Having such majestic animals on your doorstep is one of life’s great privileges. And from the lodges of the Lion Sands Game Reserve, you can look out on Africa uninterrupted. Arise with the sunrise and watch elephants moving about in the fresh morning mist, while you sip delicious coffee and breakfast. Spend your days on safari, seeking out the Big Five with expert trackers, going on bush walks and relaxing in the hotel’s Africology Spa. Then, as the sun dips beyond the savannah, enjoy candle-lit dinners and spectacular feasts of slow-cooked meats, seasonal vegetables and sweet treats. Soak up the magic of the African bushveld illuminated by the sinking sun and fall asleep listening the distant calls of hyenas and lions, under a blanket of stars.

The thrill of going on Safari

Going on safari means stepping into a thrilling world of excitement and anticipation. What will you see and when? Can you track a herd of elephant to their watering hole or discover a pride of lions roaming the savannah? Be sure to have your camera in full working order before you go and brush up on wildlife photography skills, you won’t want to miss this chance to capture the moment.

The Lion Sands Game Reserve, in Kruger National Park, forms part of an ecosystem boasting the largest concentration of wild animal species in the Southern Hemisphere. Hop in your private open-air safari vehicle for exhilarating game drives, hosted by professionally qualified rangers and trackers. Highly skilled, the trackers analyse animal spoor and read the bush like a book.

Sunrise is often the best time to spot predators; huddle down under blankets as you’re driven through the fresh morning mist in search of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for leopard, as you pass rocky outcrops, and scan the bush for buck and giraffes. Learn about the complexities of termite colonies, see crocodiles and hippopotamus at watering holes and discover many exotic bird species.

Early evening is the ideal time to spot members of the Big Five, including rhinoceros, buffalo and lion. And, as well as safaris, you can hone your tracking skills on bush walks with an expert ranger and experience the thrill of locating animals for yourselves.

Exquisite Dining

Whether under the stars, out in the bush, or on the atmospheric terraced restaurants, every meal at the Lion Sands Game Reserve becomes an experience in itself. Be it appreciating the landscapes or wildlife, dining with amazing views is guaranteed. Expert chefs transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste of Southern Africa, paired with wines from a hand-selected collection of premium Cape labels.

The in-house chefs specialize in a variety of cuisines and are able to offer everything from vegetarian to traditional fare. Popular South African dishes to try are: Bobotie, a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping; Potjiekos, a traditional Afrikaner stew that is slow cooked and never stirred: Biltong, dried cured meat and Boerewors, a farmer sausage.

Spectacular South Africa

If a luxurious safari sounds perfect for you, then take a look at our Spectacular South Africa luxury guided tour. This stunning 9-Day journey takes you through the spectacular sights and landscapes of South Africa, including a three-day safari. Explore Cape Town and its surrounding areas, visit an acclaimed wine estate and see the UNESCO World Heritage site and former prison of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. And all the way staying in exquisite hotels and dining on fine local cuisine. There is also the option to extend your journey to visit the majestic Victoria Falls.