Enchanting Sabi Sands

From Skukuza to Skukuza
  • South Africa
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
  • Safari Tours
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Tour Description

Experience the unparalleled luxury of Lion Sands, an acclaimed and award-winning private reserve that boasts exclusive access to the perennial Sabie River, shared with the renowned Kruger National Park. Immerse yourself in a truly remarkable adventure as you spend the night in a breathtaking treehouse, where you'll find the perfect blend of immersive experiences and lavish 5-star comforts.

Indulge in the extraordinary by staying at Kruger Shalati, a unique retreat suspended over the Sabie River from the historic Selati bridge. This iconic location holds a special place in the history of Kruger National Park, where the very first visitors to the park once enjoyed a pioneering stay within the carriages. Prepare to be enchanted as you step into a world of feasting, captivating performances, and tales from times long gone.

Kruger Shalati offers opulent accommodations that provide an elevated perspective, reminiscent of the celebrated rail safaris of the 1920s. You'll be captivated by the contemporary interpretation of African design, a true testament to the marvels of creativity and craftsmanship.

Embark on this extraordinary journey and create memories that will last a lifetime, as you discover the magic and allure of Lion Sands and the enchanting Kruger National Park.

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Kruger Shalati, perched on a historic bridge over the Sabie River in Kruger National Park, immerses you in the wilderness. With breathtaking views and close proximity to nature, it evokes a unique sense of connection and tranquility.

The unique and extraordinary experience of sleeping under the stars in a treehouse. You have complete privacy while being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush creates a magical and intimate connection with the wilderness.

Lion Sands is renowned for its unforgettable wildlife sightings. Witnessing a lioness stalking her prey, observing a herd of elephants in their natural social dynamics, or encountering elusive leopards are moments that create lifelong memories.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Skukuza Sabi Sands Nature Reserve

On arrival at Skukuza Airport you will be met and transferred to the lodge in the Sabi Sands.

The lodge recently reopened after an extensive renovation, introducing a new sense of brightness and space. Wooden walkways lead off to a spa, gym and pool and back to the main lodge, where the deck’s connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether you enjoy your time together socially or quietly, the running theme here is simple and natural luxury living.

Each light and spacious room has a canopied king-sized bed, dressing table, minibar, air conditioning, ceiling fan and a full en-suite with a range of deluxe amenities – and because views of the river and bush cannot be wasted, we built a private deck beyond its fold-back glass door.

This afternoon enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve.

Our purpose is to create life enriching experiences for our guests, and we know how impactful an African safari is whether for the first or umpteenth time. But it’s the way it’s experiences that makes all the difference and that is what makes our world turn – ensuring that every previous moment spent with us is meaningful, rich and beautiful.

Our private reserve conserves 12 400ha (30 600ac) of habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You can see all of Africa’s iconic species here, including all of the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird – while having minimal encounters with other people. The magic here lies in HOW you experience this extraordinary place.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge

From boma feasts to safari stops, dining promises to be a highlight for all of our guests – with any dietary requirement, including kosher, catered for. Our chefs transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste of Southern Africa. Paired with wines from our collection of premium Cape labels, enjoying a meal becomes an experience in itself. We also offer wine tastings – a favourite of connoisseurs and dabblers, alike.

Overnight at Lion Sands River Lodge on fully inclusive basis

Day 2
Sabi Sands Nature Reserve

You will spend the following two days on safari at this unique lodge. Awakening all our senses, enjoying the smells and sounds of the bush, tasting the unique food, looking for the elusive Leopard and truly enjoying the unique experience of the African Bush.

Being entirely private, Lion Sands offers you a very personal safari experience. With only six guests to a game viewer and the exclusive traversing across the length and breadth of the reserve, you’ll have minimal encounters with other people. While you are out exploring, you’ll also by no means be roughing it. Your vehicle is kitted out with cushioned bucket seats, waterproof device holders, blankets and ponchos.

Overnight at Lion Sands River Lodge on fully inclusive basis

Day 3
Sabi Sands Nature Reserve

Enjoy your scheduled game activities.

Enhance your Lion Sands experience with an unforgettable adventure - a stay in one of their remarkable treehouses.

Immerse yourself in the South African bush like never before by indulging in the breathtaking treehouse. These exquisite treehouses provide an extraordinary and unique vantage point to observe the beauty of the wilderness. Imagine the sheer delight of slumbering under a blanket of stars, cocooned in complete seclusion, while the enchanting symphony of the bush serenades you throughout the night.

As the sun gracefully sets, you'll be escorted to your treehouse where an exquisite picnic dinner awaits, tantalizing your taste buds. Take in the captivating panorama as the African bush transitions from daylight to twilight, enveloping you in its captivating embrace.

Rest assured, the treehouses are meticulously designed and securely built above the ground, ensuring a safe and comfortable distance from any roaming wildlife. Prior to bidding you farewell for the evening, your dedicated ranger will provide a comprehensive orientation, leaving you equipped with the necessary knowledge. Throughout the night, your ranger will be just a radio call away, ready to assist, until the time comes for your departure after a glorious sunrise and a rejuvenating cup of coffee.

Overnight at either Chalkney or Kingston Treehouse at Lion Sands River Lodge on fully inclusive basis

Day 4
Sabi Sands Nature Reserve Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge

Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Shalati, Train on the Bridge.

Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River.

Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 Train Carriage Suites and 7 Bridge House Suites, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply unwind while surrounded by earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable. Unique, thought-provoking design is core to our offering, but the holistic experience is centred around our humanity, our cultural nuances, the people who crafted each element and, ultimately, the kindness with which we receive our guests.

Our arrival lounge, reception and dining areas, along with two of our three swimming pools are found adjacent to the Selati Bridge, overlooking the majestic Sabie River. The river flows all year-round drawing animals and birds that come to quench their thirst on a daily basis.

Enjoy lunch at the lodge. Later in the afternoon, depart on an afternoon game drive.

Game drives at Kruger Shalati are undertaken by passionate and professional rangers who are eager to share their in-depth knowledge and stories of the fascinating wildlife and surroundings. With a vast range of pristine wilderness to explore in the Kruger National Park and a plethora of African animals to spot, each game drive encounter offers a story of its own.

Enjoy dinner at Shalati.

Our delectable African-inspired fare is a true extension of the Kruger Shalati experience. An abundance of exquisite dishes, paired with an authentic African atmosphere and majestic views of the Sabie River, makes for an exceptional dining experience.

Overnight on Shalati Train on the Bridge on fully inclusive basis

Day 5
Shalati Train on the Bridge

Today enjoy your included scheduled game activities with some time at leisure to relax and enjoy the views and sounds of the bush.

Overnight on Shalati Train on the Bridge on fully inclusive basis

Day 6
Shalati Train on the Bridge Skukuza

Enjoy a final morning game activity before breakfast and your transfer to Skukukza airport.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 5 nights accommodation as specified
  • Included Copy 20 All Meals and Inclusive drinks and selected snacks (all soft drinks, selection of beers, spirits and
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Scheduled game activities
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers as specified
  • Included Copy 20 Park entrance fees, conservation fees and tourism levies as applicable
  • Included Copy 7 Porterage, Gratuities, Insurance, or items of a personal nature


  • Included Enjoy bush dining at its best with Picnic lunches, Boma's and Riverbed Dinners
  • Included Rise early for the action as you experience thrilling morning Game drives with hot coffee/chocolate
  • Included Witness spectacular sunsets with your favourite tipple on a thrilling evening game drive
  • Included Take a walk on the wild side with your experienced guide on a walking safari
  • Included Listen to the lions roar and experience the extraordinary - sleep under the stars
  • Included Experience Kruger life from above, enjoy views from the pool at Shalati
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6 days

Price from

$5,904 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily, on request