“I am an African, not because I was born in Africa, but because Africa is born in me” – Kwame

An African Safari has been at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember. When I was 6 or 7, a relative presented me with a book about Elephants, and I became entranced with their gentle nature, intelligence, and the distances they traveled in living their lives. I daydreamed often of seeing Elephants in the wild, and it was finally going to happen!

In planning this visit, we knew that we wanted to visit the most breathtaking and immersive game reserve in all of South Africa. After some Internet sleuthing, it soon became obvious that any safari visit to South Africa needs to begin at the incomparable Lion Sands Game Reserve.

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Location and Getting There

The Lion Sands Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. We elected to fly to Johannesburg, and catch a flight (about an hour) to Lion Sands. You may also take a two-hour flight from Cape Town.

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A Sprawling Reserve

The Lion Sands Game Reserve is one of the most impressive and sprawling reserves in Africa, and you have a wide variety of Lodges, Villas and Treehouses from which to choose:

We visited Tinga Lodge and enjoyed a short day trip to River Lodge. On our return visit, you can bet that we will stay in one of the Reserve’s famous Treehouses!

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Tinga Lodge

Tinga Lodge is a glorious mix of luxurious appointments, and authentic game reserve furnishings and decor; creating an environment where you expect to run into Ernest Hemingway. Absolutely divine.

Our Suite

You may be in the middle of the wild game reserve, but you wouldn’t know it by walking into one of the property’s suites – wow!

 

Safari!!!!

The highlight of the visit to the Lion Sands Game Reserve is of course the morning safaris by incredibly friendly and experienced guides – many of whom have lived their entire lives in the reserve and surrounding areas. There are an abundance of glorious animals – elephants, lions, cheetahs and more and more. It’s a bit cold on some mornings, and there are ample times for coffee, hot chocolate, and riverside picnics – just an absolutely divine and unforgettable experience.

Closing Thoughts

A travel bucket list is incomplete without a visit to an African Game Reserve, and it’s hard to think of any better choice than the Lion Sands Game Reserve. It is without peer.

I urge you to discover the Lion Sands Game Reserve for yourself. The wind washing across your face in the morning as your jeep rushes toward the wild animals, and the sensation of being in and among our most beautiful creatures, will reside within your mind for the remainder of your days – and you’ll never quite look at things the same ever again, wondering why you waited so long to visit the cradle of life.

Lion Sands Game Reserve – Location and Social

Lion Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Reserve, Kruger National Park, 1260, South Africa 

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Thanks so very much to everyone at the Reserve, and for the use of the high resolution images!

Please take note that the Lion Sands Game Reserve welcomed me as a special media guest, but that my opinions are, as always, entirely my own.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this article, and happy dining and traveling!

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