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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand, South Africa


Wednesday newsletters all the time characteristic a resort or flight assessment.

Final summer season, I loved an outstanding safari & seaside vacation in South Africa and Mozambique, most likely my greatest vacation ever. You’ll be able to learn my opinions right here:


As we speak: Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand, South Africa

Set alongside the banks of the Sabie River and attracting considerable “huge 5” wildlife from Sabi Sand and Kruger Nationwide Park, the Lion Sands Recreation Reserve – owned by the Extra household – has 4 luxurious lodges: River Lodge, Ivory Lodge, Tinga Lodge, and Narina Lodge. Ivory Lodge is the understated jewel within the Lion Sands crown and essentially the most unique safari lodge of South Africa. The ultra-luxe lodge is all about class, with an aura of sophistication but simplicity, boldness but steadiness, ebony and ivory, excellent concord, exclusivity, sensitivity and full privateness. The eight one-bedroom villas and one two-bedroom villa have their very own non-public rim movement plunge swimming pools with magnificent views over the Sabie River, permitting visitors to chill down from the recent African solar whereas watching animals as they quench their thirst a mere stone’s throw away.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge options in my high 10 listing of the greatest safari lodges in South Africa.

Have you ever ever stayed at Lion Sands ? If that’s the case, what was your expertise? Go away a remark.

On this assessment (extra data and pictures beneath my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Lion Sands is the one non-public reserve rooted in each the Kruger Nationwide Park and the adjoining Sabi Sand Recreation Reserve (the oldest non-public sport reserve in South Africa). The Sabie River varieties a pure boundary between its two sides, and 4 waterside lodges present the final word luxurious safari bases. Ivory Lodge and River Lodge are situated on the Sabi facet, and over on Kruger are Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge. The animals roam freely between them, and irrespective of which facet visitors select to remain on, they’ll have distinctive game-viewing alternatives. Lion Sands conserves 12 400ha (30 600ac) of a habitat that’s dwelling to the very best and most various focus of wildlife within the southern hemisphere. Pure animal populations embody the entire Massive 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo), and the reserve is famend for the standard of its leopard viewing – essentially the most elusive of predators.
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge  boasts magnificent views of the Sabie River, extending onto the open sand banks of the Kruger Nationwide Park. Nestled on the plush banks, the  lodge is completely positioned to soak up the infinite procession of animals that arrives to slake their thirst on the water’s edge, in addition to the hungry predators who come to hunt them. The low-slung construction consists of eight one-bedroom villas and one two-bedroom set round a communal lodge and linked by raised walkways. The primary visitor space includes a magnificent reception space – a stunning, open house with a water characteristic and bronze animal sculptures within the backyard. From right here, a staircase descends to the opposite public areas, which embody picket viewing decks, a wine cellar, an indoor non-public lounge with bar, and each an indoor and an open-air (‘boma’) eating space. There’s additionally an artwork gallery, the place visitors can have a chat with visiting African artists.
  • The designers of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge – Paul and Karen Wygners of City Options – have taken a cue from Mom Nature to create an distinctive lodge constructed of the earth, with pure supplies that improve the encompassing bush setting. The lodge’s timeless design incorporates metal, wooden, thatch, glass, water and sand. A classy mid-century architectural modern theme defines the lodge’s ethereal interiors, which had been fully refurbished in 2017 by inside designer Paula Hattingh. Daring furnishings and an edgy décor are combined with ambient lighting, influences of tribal design and extremely textured finishes. A sublime steadiness between understated design and an natural expression of the earth is mirrored all through, with monumental home windows and open partitions framing the gorgeous vistas outdoors. Mild, sound, movement, wooden, water and air weave into the golden thread of the lodges architectural inspiration.
  • The eight one-bedroom villas have been designed for privateness and optimum appreciation of the encompassing wilderness. Every villa takes its title from an indigenous chook . That includes clean-lined furnishings and an ebony-and-ivory colour scheme, every villa consists of three interconnected areas: an entrance space flanked on both facet by a bed room and lounge. The main bedroom includes a capony kingsize mattress and en suite open-plan toilet with two basin, a standalone bathtub, an indoor walk-in bathe, and an outside bathe in an indigenous backyard forest. The lounge contains a sitting and eating space centered round a hearth and comes with clean-lined furnishings and an ebony-and-ivory colour scheme. Massive sliding glass doorways give approach to an expansive viewing deck with a plunge pool and a lounge space. As soon as behind the big carved mahogany doorways to their unit, visitors can select spend their time: sport viewing from their plunge pool, reclining on the canopied mattress, or cozying up across the giant hearth.
  • The unique Fish Eagle Villa is the ‘pièce de résistance’ of Ivory Lodge. Booked on an unique foundation, the large villa comes with its personal Chef, in addition to devoted Discipline Information and personal safari automobile. Though privateness and exclusivity are assured, guests are welcome to make use of the services inside Ivory Lodge for his or her enjoyment. The double-suite Fish Eagle Villa is comprised of two non-public single suites, related by an entrance corridor, lounge and classroom. There may be additionally an expansive deck and coated patio with lap pool, a personal fireplace deck, a star jetty for personal enjoyment of the pure setting and vivid Milky Approach above, a personal wellness space (with double remedy rooms) and train facility. Welcoming youngsters 10 years and older are welcome, the Fish Eagle Villa can accommodate 4 adults or a most of six visitors for households (two younger youngsters on single beds, sharing of their dad and mom’ room).
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has its personal intimate spa providing a variety of therapies with pure and ethically formulated Africology product. Africology is considered one of South Africa’s main pure, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare corporations, specializing in pure elements which might be bio-identical to the human biology. Situated subsequent to the principle lodge, the small spa is accessed by way of a path that breaks away from a raised timber public walkway, and options one remedy room and an open-sided rest space. Extremely expert therapists create an individually tailor-made wellness expertise that goals to chill out the physique, quiet the thoughts and rejuvenate the spirit. Yoga lovers may also apply their self-discipline on this tranquil and serene house. Those that like to work up a sweat and spent some extra power can achieve this within the absolutely outfitted gymnasium whereas having fun with views of the encompassing bush.
  • Company won’t ever go hungry or thirsty at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, the place all meals and drinks (together with premium wines) are included within the room charge. From the splendid breakfasts and tapas-style lunches to delectable three-course dinners served in a wide range of eating areas, the lodge’s cooks are masters of their craft, and share a ardour for making a subtle delicacies that appeals to all palates, whether or not for the candy tooth, vegetarian, well being aware or meat lover. The lodge’s well-liked bush dinners, arrange within the wild or within the boma subsequent to the principle lodge, are assured to please and create lasting reminiscences. Moreover lunch, dinner and breakfast, visitors may also look ahead to a espresso cease whereas out on morning sport drive, afternoon tea with a  beautiful number of snacks, and a sundowner cease through the afternoon sport drive. Within the occasion of dangerous or chilly climate, meals are served within the lodge’s eating areas with fireplace place.
  • All stays at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge embody twice each day, sport viewing safaris in consolation and with fantastically educated guides. Recreation drives are performed in open 4×4 safari automobiles and accompanied by a two-man group (of which the tracker will sit on the entrance of the automobile). All safari automobiles are outfitted with binoculars and seat a most of six visitors. Morning sport drives have a definite character than late afternoon sport drives permitting visitors to identify totally different species of wildlife in an ever altering pure setting. Scorching-water bottles and blankets hold away the chilly through the chilly mornings within the winter months (June to September). Probabilities of recognizing all Massive 5 animals are exceptionally excessive on this a part of the Sabi Sand Recreation Reserve and the wilderness space round Lion Sands is legendary for its unbelievable variety of leopard sightings. A most of three automobiles at a time are permitted on a single sighting in Lion Sands, leading to a extra intimate wildlife expertise and unbelievable photographic alternatives.
  • The sport drives at daybreak and nightfall – when the wildlife is most energetic and the temperature extra average – kind the fundamental rhythm of the day at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. To interact with the panorama much more intimately, visitors may also discover the bush on foot with the lodge’s armed knowledgeable guides and trackers at their facet. Heading out into the bush on foot reveals a complete new dimension of the African wilderness, as your senses can be on excessive alert with the anticipation of a attainable sighting across the subsequent bush. Feeling the grass brush your palms, listening to the crunch of scrub close by, and recognizing sport seem simply meters off  is an exhilarating expertise that you’ll always remember! Bush walks are typically performed after breakfast earlier than the warmth units in, and final roughly 90 to 120 minutes, relying on the health degree of the individuals.
  • Really distinctive is the choice to sleep out underneath the celebs in one of many non-public reserve’s treehouses (non-obligatory and at a further price). Superb for the hopeless romantic or for anybody who merely needs to reconnect with the earth, the insanely stunning treehouses present panoramic views of the bush, in addition to a secure and splendid vantage level from which to observe twilight slowly flip to nighttime. All treehouses are securely constructed above the bottom, so animals stay at a secure and cozy distance. The treehouses are booked – for an additional charge – together with your lodging at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: you pack an in a single day bag together with your necessities, whereas leaving your different belongings again in your room at camp (so that you’re nonetheless secured a room if the climate situations don’t permit an in a single day sleep underneath the African stars). You get a full orientation if you find yourself dropped off earlier than sundown, and can stay on name by way of the radio left behind till it’s time to go away the next morning after dawn.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is located inside a low-risk malaria space. The chance is sort of zero through the the dry winter months (Might to September) however the sickness is extra prevalent within the moist summer season season (October to April). Medicines can be utilized to stop the probabilities of contracting malaria, particularly through the moist season. For recommendation on using any malaria prophylaxis, it’s essential contact the well being authorities or your native journey clinic previous to your travels. Along with any prophylactics, the next mitigation measures are really helpful: cowl your arms, legs and ft within the evenings and apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET.
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is simply partially fenced off, so visitors are required to be vigilant always. Leopards, lions, buffalos, and elephants, in addition to venomous snakes and scorpions are current within the Sabi Sand Recreation Reserve, though it’s uncommon for them to be throughout the space of the lodge itself. Nonetheless, not at all are visitors allowed to stroll across the lodge at night time, except accompanied by a employees member. Don’t worry although because it’s all a part of the joy of being immersed in a real African safari.
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an ultra-luxury lodge the place visitors chill out at their non-public villa in between sport drives. Though the lodge does have a fantastic communal space (with lounge, bar, eating room, viewing deck, spa and gymnasium), there may be no communal pool space. For many visitors, that received’t be an issue although since they’ll choose to spend time throughout the full privateness of their very own villa compound, which is provided with a pool anyway (though the villa swimming pools are fairly small, very chilly and never appropriate to swim laps).
  • Throughout my keep at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, I used to be a bit unfortunate with the climate. Regardless of it being the dry season, it rained rather a lot, making wildlife fairly troublesome to identify through the sport drives. After all, that’s not the fault of the lodge. Nonetheless, it felt just like the dangerous climate additionally affected a bit the motivation of our information (which is essential to search out the animals and to maintain up the spirit). Sadly, the information and tracker typically appeared to disagree on what path to comply with, and they didn’t give the impression of being actually engaged through the sport drives, so it generally felt as if we had been simply being pushed round (though we did get to see the Massive 5). That stated, I’m positive that the expertise would have been completely totally different when the climate would have been good (because it has all the time been throughout my earlier visits at Lions Sands).

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: 7/10 (non-public plunge swimming pools solely)
  • Rooms: 10/10
  • Meals: 9/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Wow issue: 10/10
  • Worth for cash: 8/10
  • General expertise: distinctive 9/10

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

One of the best time to go to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge actually depends upon your private preferences – nature has one thing to supply all year long. Unimaginable sport viewing may be skilled at any time and there may be probably not a ‘greatest time of yr for sport viewing’. The Sabi Sand Recreation Reserve enjoys excessive temperatures, frequent rains and dramatic thunder storms in the summertime months (October to April). The vegetation is lush and verdant attracting unbelievable chook life whereas many new borns seem at the moment of yr. The winter months (Might to September) are drier and cooler – the vegetation is sparser leading to improved visibility for sport viewing because the animals make their approach to the watering holes for hydration.


HOW TO GET THERE

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is definitely accessible by street from Johannesburg in underneath 5 hours. Most visitors although will choose to journey by air, by making use of a business flight to one of many two close by airports:

  • The tiny Skukuza Airport – the one business airport inside Kruger Nationwide Park – is situated about 20 minutes from the lode and affords each day flights from Cape City, Johannesburg and Durban.
  • The space to the opposite airport within the space, Kruger Mpumalanga Worldwide Airport close to Nelspruit, is roughly 110 kilometers (68 miles) and it takes round 1 hour and half-hour to get to the lodge

PHOTOS

Beneath is a collection of my pictures of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in Sabi Sand, South Africa. To view extra pictures (together with meals and sport drives), click on right here.

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MAIN LODGE: LOBBY LOUNGE & RECEPTION AREA
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MAIN LODGE: ART GALLERY
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MAIN LODGE: BAR & LOUNGE
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ONE BEDROOM VILLA: ENTRANCE
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ONE BEDROOM VILLA: MASTER BEDROOM
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