Lion Sands Narina Lodge
Lion Sands Game Reserve is set along the banks of the perennial Sabie River in South Africa. It is the only private game reserve rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. Each of its lodges has its own allure and each has breathtaking views of the river – especially when the animals come to drink. Lion Sands Narina Lodge, one of the four luxury riverside lodges, is on the Kruger Park side of the reserve. It is an organic chic styled lodge, set on the river with a wonderful sense of remoteness and peace. The main lodge connects via raised wooden walkways to a spa sala and nine separate Suites.
These luxury suites are perched on stilts among 100-year-old trees just up from the water, affording guests complete privacy in the wilderness. Glass sliding doors and windows open up your sanctuary to the outside, while a romantic canopy bed, sink-into-me couches, an egg bath that you can wallow in up to your chin and a personal bar, all add to the delight of being in Africa – in style. And then there’s the ultimate in bush bedrooms and romance, where guests get to spend a night discovering the magic of sleeping out under the stars in complete luxury at Tinyeleti Treehouse. Guests arrive at sunset to a picnic dinner, spend the dusk hours watching animals wander past (at a safe distance), and fall asleep counting shooting stars. A field guide is always on radio call should guests feel they need assistance. Tinyeleti Treehouses comfortably sleep two adults and two children (10 to 14 years).
Why we like it here
Enjoy two game drives daily with an FGASA-accredited field guide and tracker.
Enjoy spa therapies which are offered in the quiet retreat of the bush sala.
Dining is an occasion in itself, from morning safari pancake stops to dinner at your table on the lodge deck.
No dietary requirement or preference is too much trouble for the chefs at Narina Lodge.
Premium Cape wines complement each meal.
Lively boma barbeques and surprise bush feasts tend to get everyone chatting around the fire.
Lion Sands is home to 450 of South Africa’s 850 plus birds including the rare southern ground hornbill.
There is a Mack & Madi kids’ programme which keeps the younger ones busy.
There is a MORE Boutique where you can buy South African keepsakes.
Narina Lodge is situated in the south of the Kruger National Park, which covers nearly two million hectares of land and is home to more mammal species than any other game reserve on the continent.
Things to be aware of
Narina Lodge welcomes children 10 years and older.
Lion Sands Game Reserve is located in a low-risk malaria area.
Mobile coverage is fair.
Wi-Fi is available in public areas.