Jared Ruttenberg
3 minute read
22 May 2021
9:00 am

More than just a lodge: Lion Sands’ Tinga lodge is classic

Jared Ruttenberg

The Lion Sands is a luxurious lodge that lies on the bank of the Sabi river near the Kruger Park with views out over the bush

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge. Picture: Jared Ruttenberg

After a short drive to Skukuza – Kruger’s central hub – it’s a stone’s throw into Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. The Western flank of Kruger is synonymous with chic lodges, and in Lion Sands, the Family Collection has four lodges: two in Kruger, two in Sabi Sand, and two exclusive-use villas. After an extraordinary experience at their sister property Marataba, I was hoping to experience the same hospitality here. Before the Sabi River, a magnificently large Jackleberry tree stands charge over the lodge. At an estimated 300-years-old, the tree has witnessed not only centuries of natural drama, but also...