Experience luxury in the heart of the South African outback, at Lion Sands Game Reserve

Just the other day we unveiled the ultimate bucket list of hotels. The Lion Sands Game Reserve fits right in. Located at the Sabie Sand Reserve in South Africa it promises unspoiled landscape ripe for exploration. I know, so do a lot of them. But here beckons a different kind of exoticism. For one Lion Sands offers the chance to observe amazing wildlife like lions, hippos, and giraffes as they roam free in their natural habitat. For another, luxury accommodations, period. After all, who does not want spacious rooms with private decks and spectacular views as well as a number of safari options! For a city dweller, that’s a whole lot of wild other-worldliness.

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But back to the luxury accommodations, what with ‘luxury’ being the keyword for us. The five lodges and three treehouses are as private as they’re exclusive. Some overlook the Sabi River, others lush foliage. But besides stunning you with views of the South African outback, the resort also includes amenities such as swimming pools, fine dining and spa services.

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Our Pick
The Tinyeleti Treehouse a.k.a open-air invitation to star gazing! Peering into the Sabie River, the 50m2 deck offers an elevated experience, one that includes options of enjoying a relaxing head massage, choice of tapas or a full meal amidst sounds from the wilderness. You could have more than the sounds when you settle in with a cocktail as the animals come to drink at sunset.

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Guests are even welcomed on guided tours where animals of all types can be seen and the guides at Lion Sands are trained to provide you with a safe, up-close look of them. To be more in tune with the wild, the treehouses don’t have electricity but the fit-for-four Tinyeleti Treehouse has cellphone signal and a daily rate of $250 per person.

[Lion Sands Reserve via MyModernMet]

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