About Lion Sands Narina Lodge
Accommodation type: Safari lodge
Location: Southern Kruger National Park
Nearest Kruger gate: Paul Kruger Gate (12km)
Food: Private chef or self-catered option
Perfect for… Unparalleled luxury overlooking the mighty Sabie River
We are always surprised at how a visit to Lion Sands can completely restore our energy and allow us to truly relax as a couple or family.
When you’re right on the Sabie River, watching the animals, surrounded by bush and sky, you really feel like you’ve escaped from the world. With 5,000ha of wilderness in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road, follow in the footsteps of a leopard, track down a herd of elephant, or simply wait for them to come to you.
Lion Sands Narina Lodge has a wonderful sense of remoteness and peace. 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.
In addition, the Tinyeleti Treehouse, which translates to ‘Many Stars’, is not merely a vantage point from where to observe the splendour that is the Sabie River and all the life it sustains, but rather an open-air invitation to take your place and become part of it.
Tinyeleti Treehouse is fully equipped for your relaxation and you can expect all the comforts of a luxury stay. Enjoy your choice of tapas or a full meal, and then settle in with a cocktail as the animals come to drink at sunset. The 50m2 deck can accommodate 4 people, and children are welcome. We will provide you with a torch, and, even though there is no electricity, you will find a few bars of cell phone signal.
Expect to hear the constant rush of life from the Sabie River on your doorstep, as well as a few animals, night predators and birds chiming in.
Tinyeleti is an uninterrupted overnight experience that cannot be replicated, but that will most definitely be re-told. That is, if you can find the words to describe it. For us who have come here many times over, well, we’re still at a loss.
Facilities & services
Games drives: 2 per day included
All meals included
Private plunge pool with every suite
Types of accommodation
Its nine luxury Suites perch on stilts among 100-year-old trees just up from the Sabie River, and link to a spa sala and intimate lodge via elevated walkways. This shared space is enhanced by natural décor and open design, extending out to generously furnished decks. From here there are views of animals feeding on the opposite bank, and you can engage in the social chatter this inevitably stirs or meditate on the rustle of the leaves.
The Suites are built to afford complete privacy in a wilderness where you can watch the animals come down to the river from your pool and deck, as well as bed and bath. Glass sliding doors and windows open up your sanctuary to the outside, while a romantic canopy bed, sink-into-me couches, an egg bath you can wallow in up to your chin, and a personal bar all add to the delight of being in Africa – in style.
Lion Sands Narina Lodge is situated on a private concession area within the southern part of Kruger National Park. The closest park gate is Paul Kruger Gate (12km), plus it is just 9km from Skukuza Rest Camp and 3km from the wonderful Lake Panic hide.
The nearest town is Hazyview (56km). Skukuza Airport (13km) is ideally located, and flights and transfers from the airport can be arranged on your behalf.
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