Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sands: The Lowdown

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If slinky design matters to you, than you should really look no further than Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. This one of the most dramatic, stylish safari lodges we’ve seen in a very long time.

What’s Lion Sands Ivory Lodge really like?

The suites here at Ivory Lodge are utterly gorgeous, and even as hardened bush babies, we had to admit to being impressed by something completely new. Your suite’s effectively two gorgeous glass boxes- one bed/bath room and a sitting room. Lines are clean, design is stark and simple and staff really go out of their way to please: when we arrived it was well past the official departure time of the game drive, but our bags were kidnapped and we were swept off for a rendezvous with the safari vehicle just in the nick of time. Food and wine were good, and although this lodge is relatively high end- the atmosphere was very friendly- we ended up joining two couples for dinner and singing along as their birthday cake was brought out. We should also mention there’s a reasonable gym and spa here- good for burning off the good safari food, and being pampered after a long flight!

What can I do at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?

Game drives are the main activity at Ivory Sands. For travellers arriving from elsewhere in Africa it’s important to know that this is bushveldt- you won’t have the open savannah you find in other African safari destinations, but blimey, the game viewing’s good. Leopard sightings are top notch on game drives in the Sabi Sands, and guides liaise by radio so the number of vehicles on a sighting never feel overwhelming. Crucially in our book, guests are usually limited to 6 per safari vehicle. We’d absolutely recommend the walking safaris– less for seeing big game and more for getting close to the bush on foot, and also the chance to try the treehouse sleepouts. The romantic in us can’t resist them- it’s good for the soul, and if you need to get the girl to say yes, this is one of our top picks….

Giving back at Ivory Lodge….

The Lion Sands Reserve is committed to giving back to the local community in nearby Huntingdon via the Bhubezi Community Project Trust, supporting a local pre-school, agriculture project and home-based care for HIV/AIDS sufferers. If you’d like to get involved just let us know- Lion Sands is part of the Pack for a Purpose Scheme and guests can also visit the Henna Pre-school.

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