Lion Sands Narina Lodge

distinctive Camp | Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Lion Sands Narina Lodge is perched beneath a 100-year old canopy of trees, its nine suites connected by raised, wooden boardwalks, giving it the feeling of a treehouse. Take breakfast on the veranda high above the Sabie River, watching elephant come down to drink, or lounge beside the grand, stone fireplace with unfettered views of the wilderness beyond. Narina has a perfect situation within the famous Kruger National Park while enjoying a private reserve setting.

Photo of Megan Bryant

Our Expert Says

Lion Sands Narina, while located inside Kruger National Park, does not play by strict park rules. The camp has its own private concession directly bordering the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, and you have the flexibility to do nocturnal wildlife drives, seasonal walks and even optional treehouse sleepouts! With just nine suites, Narina is a very serene camp situated right on the banks of the Sabie River—a truly private and stunning setting: epic decks, amazing food, and an all around awesome location.

– Megan Bryant

Photo: The Lodge

The Lodge

Location: Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
Number of Suites: 9

Lion Sands Narina Lodge features nine spacious 1,300-square foot suites, each with beautiful four-poster, mosquito net-draped beds, an en suite bathroom with bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers and double sinks, a sitting area looking out toward the river, and a secluded wooden deck equipped with a private plunge pool and loungers. The rooms are spaced well apart, split on either side of the main lodge and connected by a winding, wooden walkway. The main lodge features expansive living spaces with stone fireplaces, beautiful wooden decking and plenty of views of the Sabie River, over which a dining deck is poised for peaceful meals. Wildlife frequents the river, while you dine or lounge in comfort. A boma offers traditional evening meals under the stars. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve also has an elegantly-appointed treehouse that can be booked in advance for a night under the stars (extra cost).

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Treehouse star beds (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry (extra cost)
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diners, American Express)
  • Cellular coverage is intermittent

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Lion Sands Narina Lodge stays true to a story that began in 1933 with the purchase of land in what is now the Sabi Sand. Lion Sands Narina is situated within the Kruger National Park land, bordering the Sabi Sand and enjoying the same incredible species of wildlife, from elusive leopard to powerful lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, spotted hyena and innumerable other mammals and birds. Being in a private concession, however, you get unique activities and excellent wildlife without the crowds. Traditional morning and afternoon wildlife drives are conducted each day, with a stop to watch the sunset and a continued search into the twilight hours as the cats begin their nightly hunts and aardvark, porcupine and owls come out. Astronomy talks put it all into perspective—you have never seen so many stars as you can here, devoid of light pollution. Guided nature walks, meals out in the bush, and even optional treehouse sleepouts are at your fingertips.

Kruger National Park is a quintessential wildlife destination, featuring the Big Five and other big cats and large mammals. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the area. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Kruger National Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 86° F 63° F 1.42 in
30° C 17° C 36 mm
February 81° F 64° F 12.8 in
27° C 17° C 325 mm
March 82° F 63° F 4.17 in
27° C 17° C 106 mm
April 81° F 60° F 1.22 in
27° C 15° C 31 mm
May 77° F 55° F 0.75 in
25° C 12° C 19 mm
June 73° F 46° F 0.43 in
22° C 7° C 11 mm
July 72° F 43° F 0.16 in
22° C 6° C 4 mm
August 79° F 39° F 0.0 in
26° C 3° C 0 mm
September 82° F 45° F 0.0 in
27° C 7° C 0 mm
October 86° F 52° F 1.3 in
30° C 11° C 33 mm
November 86° F 57° F 6.61 in
30° C 13° C 168 mm
December 86° F 63° F 4.09 in
30° C 17° C 104 mm

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