Lion Sands Narina Lodge, Kruger National Park has a character all its own thanks to architecture that all but disappears into the habitat and earthy African decor that magnificently befits the riverine forest location. Nine private suites are connected to the central lodge by elevated wooden walkways – the expansive deck of the main lodge too is on stilts so as to touch the earth lightly. Sitting here is a game-viewing experience in itself…
In winter large herds of elephant and buffalo make their way through clouds of dust to drink at the river bank, giving wide berth to the prides of lion resting in the shade of enormous twisted fig trees and avoiding the crocodiles and hippo that frequent the river’s sandbanks.
The guest books tell of rare leopard and rhino sightings, and birding enthusiasts keep their binoculars firmly trained on the large sycamore fig tree directly in front of the deck.
With only nine suites, Lion Sands Narina Lodge is an intimate escape from the urban grind and as such is popular with honeymooners and couples wishing to focus only on the natural surrounds and their significant others.
Take this philosophy to the nth degree with a massage for two in your suite followed by a quick dip in the (heated!) outdoor plunge pool and concluded with a romantic dinner by lamp-light served on your private deck with only the stars and sounds of the wild for company.
As if you needed any more motivation to make your South African safari booking, it doesn’t hurt to know that Lion Sands continuously receive conservation awards for the excellent manner in which it has conducted its business and complied with environmental standards contributing to the Kruger National Park’s reputation. Now that deserves a toast. With a gin and tonic, naturally.
The easy access, only 10 minutes from Skukuza airport with its daily direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, makes it the perfect romantic bush getaway, as do the luxuries of private plunge pools and exceptional personal service.