One of only two luxury lodges to flank the impressive banks of the Sabie River, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge stands in luxurious prestige within the family-owned Lions Sands Game Reserve. The reserve is an extraordinary gift passed down through four generations, and straddles magnificent hectares of both the notorious Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and world-renowned Kruger National Park.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: Iconic Heritage
There is no other property, no other brand who can offer this combination! This enables an endless privilege to explore the hidden corners of these beautiful neighbouring landscapes and makes Lion Sands Game Reserve and Ivory Lodge so uniquely iconic within the luxury safari industry and thus no surprise why it is consistently voted among the world’s best hotels in the world. The founding Chalkley and More families have fortified a conservation heritage over multiple decades, and today Lion Sands is revered as one of South Africa’s premier private game reserves.
Each of the six generous villas is among the most spectacular in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and is designed for ultimate privacy and ultra-luxury. Africa’s natural light and cool African zephyrs filter through expansive windows into a voluptuous living area with an open fireplace; into a lavish romantic en-suite bedroom; into a private courtyard with outdoor shower and back out onto a sundeck and private rim-flow pool. The sophisticated mahogany and Afro-chic finishes enhance the warmth and spirit of what it means to visit Lion Sand – to belong. And yet as we peer outwards we are immediately enraptured by the breath taking views out over the Sabie River -capturing the essence of perceived limitless time and place at Ivory Lodge.
A family tree
A thriving Ivory tree shares shadows and shade with peace-seeking guests on the main deck of the lodge. And although Ivory Lodge was only built in 2004, each living branch of this tree carries with it the heritage of a family’s passion for nature. Suspended from one of the tree’s sturdy limbs are two cocoon-like hanging chairs. We’ll let you in on a Lion Sands secret: spend the late afternoon watching the hue of lush caterpillar green scenery metamorphose into a butterfly sky. An African sunset is awash with pastel strokes and with a glass of bubbles in hand, it is nothing short of dreamy.
The Finer Things in Life
The height of luxury at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is flawless. A team of delightful hosts will take care of you from dawn until dusk and nothing pleases the team more than seeing you enjoy the lodge as if it were your own home … only better. Ivory Lodge boasts extraordinary cuisine made especially unique with an African twist. The a la carte dinner menu changes daily depending on the mood of the chef and allows guests to experience an explosion of flavours.
A night under the stars
Falling asleep to the gentle trail of the planets and stars as the bushveld clock ticks on, is somewhat of a spectacle offered by Lion Sands. A visit to the magnificence of The Chalkley’s Treehouse or The Kingston Treehouse is an absolute must! You will be escorted at sunset to the safety of the raised deck, deluxe picnic basket in tow, where your four-poster bed and the vastness beyond await your admiration. A night of romance and privacy under African skies – For Iconic Africa – no greater experience to be had in Africa!
A proud guiding legacy
The worn-in boots of Lucas Mathonsi have, over the years, explored the game paths and thickets of the reserve’s beautiful wilderness. His passion, instinct and knowledge of the signs of the wild have earned him the title of Master Tracker. This honoured qualification is held by only four men in the world. He wears his Lion Sands khaki uniform with pride and the More family celebrate him as part of their legacy. Each guide and tracker has been hand-picked by Robert More, the CEO, himself and it is on the strength of his belief in their ability to breathe life into a safari experience and to be authentic ambassadors for conservation that welcomes them into the Lion Sands bloodline. Lion Sands is the only reserve in South Africa to offer a safari experience in the Sabie and Sand River ecosystems. Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo abound and each comfort-enhanced open vehicle is equipped with wildlife books and binoculars to maximise the appreciation of animal encounters.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an easy 5-hour drive from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport however Iconic Africa recommends a daily scheduled Airlink flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Airport. An added bonus of the new Skukuza Airport being its proximity to Lion Sands which means you won’t require a further “lodge hop” flight but merely a 15 minute drive to Lion Sands’s front door.
In 1933, Guy Chalkley stumbled upon a wild paradise that stole his heart. Four generations later, the beauty of this wilderness, and the lodges that adorn it, remain intact in the hearts and minds of all that have visited this African wonder. All the history; the years of family values and years of giving have transformed into eons of pleasure and amazement which all contribute to Lions Sands Ivory Lodge’s unique luxurious splendour.