River Lodge

Set beside the seasonal Sand River frequented by all of the ‘Big 5’, indulgent River Lodge combines contemporary luxury with centuries-old safari traditions.

Set beside the seasonal Sand River, this indulgent safari lodge combines contemporary luxury with centuries-old safari traditions. There are just 6 thatched guest ‘rondavels’ – circular stone chalets – at River Lodge, each with their own private plunge pools and viewing decks, where a meal can be enjoyed in seclusion.     

The stylish main lodge is also under thatch, with its own expansive viewing deck and dining area, which offers an alternative venue to meals in the traditional open-air ‘boma’, which features a central fire pit and a ceiling of stars. River Lodge’s curio shop is a great place to pick up a souvenir whilst supporting local residents – 50% of sale profits are donated to a community trust.

A day at River Lodge begins with a game drive at dawn, followed by a generous breakfast. Guests can participate in a guided bush walk afterwards, with another game drive complete with sundowner cocktail before a lavish dinner. All activities take place in the prolific Western Sector of the renowned Sabi Sands Private Game Reserves, where guests are assured of exclusive wildlife encounters. For keen shutterbugs, a wide range of quality photography equipment can be hired so you don’t have to bring your own.


How to get to River Lodge

Flights can be arranged from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, where you are met and transferred by road to River Lodge (around 2 hours).

Activities at River Lodge

  • Game drives in the morning and afternoon   
  • Guided bush walks
  • Bird-watching

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

River Lodge Highlights

  • A sumptuous luxury safari lodge which blends modern comfort with timeless tradition
  • With an open-air ‘boma’ and just 6 thatched guest cottages
  • Featuring a splendid setting beside the seasonal Sand River
  • Famous for leopard sightings and home to all of the ‘Big 5’
  • Superb gameviewing and wildlife photography opportunities

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Accommodation in South Africa

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Kruger, Sabi Sands and surrounding regions. Please contact us to tailor design a selection of accommodation options to suit the style of your trip, and your budget.

andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp

One of South Africa's most prestigious luxury safari lodges, andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp is situated in the leopard-rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserves.

Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge nestles in a grove of ancient hardwood trees on the peaceful banks of the Mabrak River in the celebrated Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Greenfire Game Lodge

Situated on the 50,000 hectare privately owned Balule Nature Reserve, this small luxury safari lodge virtually guarantees good game sightings.

Idube Game Lodge

Idube is a classic safari lodge that offers all the wildlife found in South Africa's celebrated Kruger National Park with none of the crowds.

Kings Camp

In the Timbavati Private Reserve which shares a boundary with Kruger National Park, Kings Camp faces a waterhole visited by an endless parade of wildlife.

Leadwood Lodge

Stunning Leadwood Lodge sits in a grove of ancient hardwood trees at the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak rivers in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserves.

Londolozi Founders Camp

This relaxed safari lodge nestles in ancient forest along the Sand River, offering activities for all the family from yoga to an entertaining kids' program.

Londolozi Pioneer Camp

Luxurious Londolozi Pioneer Camp consists of 3 secluded suites in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve near Kruger National Park.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi’s adults-only Private Granite Suites are set amid great boulders and large trees, natural features which have influenced the property’s interiors and organic colour palette.

Londolozi Tree Camp

Londolozi’s adults-only Tree Camp is a super-stylish luxury safari camp set deep within a thicket of leadwood trees

Londolozi Varty Camp

The Londolozi Private Game Reserve’s spiritual heart, Varty Camp is casual and relaxed in atmosphere making it a wonderful choice for families on safari.



The following tours can be easily tailor-designed to your personal travelling requirements, are private and independent. Please contact us to begin custom designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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