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#14 of 40 Specialty lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Family owned since 1933, this international award winning private game reserve spans across the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Lion Sands has four lodges; Lion Sands Ivory Lodge & Lion Sands River Lodge (Sabi Sand) and Lion Sands Tinga Lodge & Lion Sands Narina Lodge (Kruger Park). Each has a unique style, but is a reflection of Lion Sands' five-star signature of sophisticated interiors, unique experiences and service excellence.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Board games / puzzles
Babysitting
Car park
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Coffee / tea maker
Radio
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Dining area
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Separate living room
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Monty&Hector wrote a review Yesterday
Chester, United Kingdom2 contributions
All round excellent. Couldn’t fault it in any way. All the staff were fantastic, friendly, very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The facilities, the villa, the food - again just amazing. Well worthy of five stars.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Lindsay T wrote a review Aug 2022
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THE BEST PLACE EVER! We stayed for three nights and wish we could have moved in there! The lodges are immaculate! The property is gorgeous, the views are stunning, and the staff is outstanding! Our ranger, Simon, and our tracker, Cruz, were unbelievable and were so passionate about their job. Torrence was an amazing butler and was so sweet! The chef Jason was wonderful and was so careful with our food allergies. The food was incredible for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!! Everyone was so accommodating and anything we needed, was in front of us before we even asked for it! Overall, it was the most amazing experience with top-notch service all around!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 4 Aug 2022
Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon at Lion Sands. We are so pleased we exceeded your expectations, and for such a special occasion. We have passed on your compliments to the team and thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you for your anniversary. Kind regards, Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Sabi Sand, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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DeltaMilesRule wrote a review Jun 2022
Atlanta, Georgia29 contributions25 helpful votes
There really are no words to do Ivory Lodge justice. We had pretty high expectations and from start to finish it was better than we could have imagined. The Big 5 on multiple days. The small things will blow you away. The knowledgeable guide Ruvan (who humbly did not mention his Top 5 South African guides nomination) and expert tracker Noel were superb. My only regret is that I have now spoiled my kids forever. Kudos to the owners for such an excellent product.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 7 Jun 2022
Big 5, Top 5, and 5 stars! Thank you so much. We truly appreciate your feedback. We are blessed to have such amazing wildlife and amazing staff. We are really proud of Ruvan and Noel. No regrets, just come back and stay again. Kind regards, Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Sabi Sand, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Tyrone V wrote a review May 2022
Sandton, South Africa29 contributions25 helpful votes
More tha Outstanding!!!!! Stayed in the Fish Eagle Private Villa at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and it was nothing short of spectacular in every sense. The accommodation is amongst the best if not the very best we have ever experienced in a lodge. The villa is MASSIVE and extremely well equipped. The lines and architectural design breathtaking. We could have stayed forever. The service was again fantastic. One of our party had allergies which were not only "accommodated" but at every single meal there was careful consideration of this and a customised and personalised menu for that guest. The food overall was spectacular and hands-down the best we have had in any lodge! We loved the intimacy of a smaller lodge with the Villa making it even more special. There are simply too many facets to cover in a single review. This is truly a great property with brilliant food and outstanding rooms.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Fish Eagle Villa is simply exceptional and worth the extra money.
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 18 May 2022
Thank you Tyrone. We have just this week launched MORE Family Collection Residences, of which Fish Eagle is one. You may like one of the other exclusive homes in the portfolio. We have two in Cape Town - one in Stellenbosch and one in Gardens area. You can view all on our website. We will continue to grow this portfolio for those looking for an exclusive luxury stay. We truly appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave us this review, and we hope we will be able to welcome you once more to enjoy all the special touches. Kind regards, Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Sabi Sand, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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KellyL wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom7 contributions5 helpful votes
Well what can I even say. This is the place of dreams. From the moment we were picked up at the airport, we were looked after beyond our wildest dreams. Ivory lodge is honestly the best place I have ever been in my life, and it’s not just the location and accommodation that make it - it’s down to the people. I would like to break this down further. Reception - Ty and Pretty could not do enough for us. Anything we needed, they were there and they are some of the nicest, most helpful people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We were always met with a smile, and a tear or two were shed from us when we had to leave and say goodbye. An amazing customer service team who deserve a lot of recognition. Service - firstly I have to give a big thanks to our Butler Rodnick. Rodnick is a very special human, and We are so happy to have met him. He always, always had a smile on his face, and honestly could not do enough for us. From the minute we woke up to the minute we went to sleep, he was there and always always made us feel so happy. 5:30 every morning he was there with our coffee and when we got back from our drives he was ready for breakfast/lunch/dinner and anything else we need. On our last morning (which was this morning as we only left today) we asked him to join us on our game drive, and we were privileged to have him come with us. He even bought us the luck, as we saw the leopard we had been tracking all week. Rodnick - thank you for being you. We bought a toy rhino in the gift shop at river lodge, and called him Rodnick. The rhino will travel with us and we will take pictures of him in every place we visit. Secondly I would like to thank our housekeeper Patricia - she is such a lovely lady who would leave us the most precious notes on our chalk board every day. Thank you Patricia for always making us smile. Food - oh my goodness me. Where do I begin! The food here is the BEST I have ever eaten. And do you know what made it even more special? The chefs! Executive chef Amori and chef Jason are incredibly talented, hard working people and put love into every meal they make. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and the menu was always exciting and the food beautifully presented. I can’t put into words how amazing the food was. Honestly - 10/10. On our last night we had a bry, and Amori came and sat with us and we had a blast with her. Such an incredible chef and woman. Jason was so welcoming when we wanted to come and watch him cook on the bry, and it made it so special. Every day Amori would come and chat to us, which we loved. Keep up the good work guys - you are incredible people! Game drives - wow, wow, wow. Our guide was IP, and our tracker was Joe, and these guys are such awesome people. So knowledgable, amazing at their jobs and made sure they tried as hard as they could to find us the animals we wanted to see. We were desperate to see a Leopard, and on our last morning (this morning) they finally managed to find it and it was all thanks to them. We loved spending every morning and evening with them, and they were an absolute pleasure to have as our game drive team. Thank you both for a very memorable & special experience. Accommodation - the lodges were incredible. No words or pictures do any justice to just how wonderful they are. They are incredibly luxurious, the beds comfy and the amenities are out of this world. The place was immaculate, the food and drink in the lodges was so nice and the little touches really made it. I loved coming back to the lodge in the evenings and the bed had been prepared with the drapes pulled round the bed and the lights dimmed. Our notes from Patricia always made us smile. The deck was incredible - the pool lovely and the views were out of this world. Just sat in the pool we saw giraffe, hippos, buffalo, impala and lots of birds. The shower, both indoor and outdoor were lovely and the bath was also a lovely extra. We had dressing gowns, slippers and lots of toiletries. We didn’t have to worry about a thing as we were completely cared for. And the views from the bed were amazing too! A very very special place. At night we were always walked to our room by a porter with a torch, just in case we saw anything in the bush! They were always so friendly and made us feel so safe. The spa - Myself and my partner had a lovely massage done by Portia, who I would highly recommend. A lovely friendly lady who gave an amazing massage. The spa was lovely, with beds to lay on and chill if you wanted to. I know there were plenty more people in the background who made it all happen, so I would also like to say a big thank you to them. This has honestly been the best trip of my life and I hope we can come back some day to see all the lovely friends we made. We love you all and thank you once again. This place will always have a special place in our hearts.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 15 May 2022
Thank you so much for this amazing review. Your comments have been passed on to the various team members and elevated to our CEO. Our people really are our best asset, and we are pleased you connected with so many of our team in such individual ways. It was our absolute pleasure to ensure your stay was everything you hoped for and more, and we truly hope you will join us again. Until next time... Kind regards Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Sabi Sand, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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Kristen wrote a review May 2022
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My husband and I came to the Lion sands Ivory lodge for our (Covid delayed) honeymoon in April. Lion Sands Ivory could not have been more amazing. The accommodations are pristine, the food is incredible, and the game drives were so much more than we could have ever dreamed. The staff went above and beyond to make sure our every need was met. We saw all the big five, our guides went to Great lengths to ensure we saw every animal we could. I can’t wait to go back. I would highly recommend Lion Sands it was perfect.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 15 May 2022
Thank you Kristen for your kind words. We are so pleased you were finally able to enjoy your long awaited honeymoon, and that it was everything you dreamed of. We hope we shall see you for your anniversary. Kind regards Jopie van Rooyen, General Manager, Sabi Sand, Lion Sands Game Reserve
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TracyS76Pta wrote a review Apr 2022
Pretoria, South Africa77 contributions17 helpful votes
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We have been to Lion Sands many times and I didn’t think that I could still be surprised by them. Every single member of staff went out of their way to make our stay special. The executive chef, Amori, wowed us time and again. There has been a massive change in the dining experience since she took over. Not only does she genuinely care about every guests gastronomic desires, she also really cares about the entire experience. I have never experienced this level of customer service. Chef Stacy made every meal an event. She made an effort to find out exactly what our hearts desired and delivered way more than we could have dreamt of. We live in a city and I can’t go out for a meal that compares to what we had during our 3 night stay. Not only did they keep our tummies full but they also made my tummy ache from laughter. Amazing ppl who I genuinely missed when I got back home. There was a special surprise around every corner, a lavish in room picnic on a rainy day, a take away of my favourite “vetkoek”. A surprise star gazing experience. Gifts and spoils all round. Just too much to mention really. Amazing game viewing with so many exhilarating moments. Our guide (Syd) & tracker were both extremely knowledgeable but also just really nice guys who I enjoyed spending time with. This really is a bucket list, must do type of place. I can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, General Manager at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Responded 24 Apr 2022
Dear Tracy & Elmien, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. We always appreciate feedback and your comments have been taken to heart. Our team knew from the start that we had to create something special for Elmien’s birthday and we are so glad that your stay with us was magical. Amori and Stacy are a one-of-a-kind team, that delight in making our guests culinary experience memorable. Syd and Norman are a wonderful pairing of knowledge and expertise in all things wild! We hope that your onward journey went smoothly and that you keep your many wonderful memories of your time with us alive until your next return. Kind regards, Jopie van Rooyen, GM Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
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JuliaMc13 wrote a review Feb 2022
7 contributions7 helpful votes
Everything was perfect. We’ve never felt so looked after and the place is absolutely stunning. The safari was out of this world with our guide and tracker making it all so memorable. We loved everything about it!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Robert M wrote a review Dec 2021
Jersey City, New Jersey10 contributions4 helpful votes
Ivory lodge was the highlight of our honeymoon trip to Southern Africa. Our guide Lee and tracker Rector were simply amazing! We didn't miss a single game drive and each one was unique. We were lucky enough to see the big 5 and tons of other wildlife. Lee was very knowledgeable and even gave me some photography advice. Rector is an amazing tracker, on one of our drives he spotted a chameleon! Absolute legend. Thank you guys.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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78ramon wrote a review Oct 2021
Woerden, The Netherlands13 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed there for 3 nights. The welcome was warm and very friendly. Already at Skukuza airport, where they waited for us, helping us finishing the necessary administration (forms to fill in). They handed over a personal drinking bottle from Lion Sands with nice and cold water. The rooms are amazing. Extremely spacious, modern, luxurious, spotless clean, and awesome views from the bedroom, the pool, the living and the terrace. Food is high quality. Everything is done to make you feel home and one of the family. Cellar wines are great to enjoy at dinners. I can mention all the details in which Ivory stands out compared to any lodge I have ever seen but that would take to much text. We had Norman and Sylvester (Sly) as tracker/guide. They are the best. We just had to mention what animals we wanted to see, and they made us see them. Creating amazing bush coffee in the morning and lovely sundowners during the evening game drive. It is likely that you see game walking in the camp (we saw a couple of elephants as we left our suite). Well, if you rate a lodge a 10 for the best you can think of, I can rate Ivory lodge an 11, because it was really more than we could even imagine. I hope to return one day... Thanks to all the staff at Lion Sands, Ivory Lodge.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Lion Sands Ivory Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lion Sands Ivory Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Lion Sands Ivory Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.