Finding places where you feel at home are few and far between. So, when Flight Centre recently travelled to South Africa’s Lion Sands River Lodge we discovered an unforgettable destination that made us feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable.
Nestled in the heart of Mpumalanga province and flanking the world famous Kruger National Park, Lion Sands River Lodge is truly your home away from home. With 20 beautiful thatched bedrooms and stunning outdoor dining and lounge areas all overlooking the meandering Sabi River, this stunning private game reserve offers the perfect blend of luxury and nature with many personal touches.
Upon arrival to the lodge you will instantly feel like family as staff, including a personal butler,introduce themselves and warmly welcome you to the property. In addition to the stunning rooms complete with private decks and all the comforts of home, the lodge boasts a gym, two outdoor pools and full spa intertwined with the natural bush landscape.
After settling in, enjoy a gourmet three course luncheon served on the main deck. With breath-taking views over looking the Sabi River, you can spot a herd of Elephants in the distance while playful Vervet monkeys rustle in the trees above.
By mid-afternoon, be prepared to head out on your safari. With each expedition led by a dedicated ranger and tracker,before you know it, you’ll be quietly navigating the winding dirt roads with the anticipation of a first sighting.
The dense thickets of the Sabi landscape coupled with the unfenced boundary with Kruger means that animals are free to roam throughout both parks and can be challenging to spot. However, for the seasoned trackers and rangers who expertly examine animal tracks and happily share their knowledge of the region, finding the secretive Leopard or the rare Wild Dog is easier than ever. Get up close and personal with Giraffe and Elephant and watch as a pride of Lions embarks on the hunt.
After so much excitement, relax with some sundowners overlooking the river and get to know your fellow guests before heading back to the lodge for a 5 star candlelit dinner. From the comfort of the dining room, listen to the roar of lions in the distance and the rustle of the bush as nocturnal animals come alive. For those who want to stay close to the action, guests can rent one of the luxurious tree houses for a night and enjoy all the luxuries of the lodgewhile in the privacy of their own hideaway.
No matter how many times you have been to the bush, each time is a unique and beautiful experience. At Lion Sands, their dedication to personalized service and intimate knowledge of all things safari means that you will leave replenished, rejuvenated and at one with Mother Nature.
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