After a fire damaged Lions Sands River Lodge in 2017, MORE Hotels and Lodges decided to not only repair the destroyed section of their lodge, but create
a completely upgraded offering. A personal invitation to their launch event allowed not only insight into their new additions, but to understand the
origins of the Lion Sands brand, here at once a humble River Lodge, and how the rebirth of that now in this brand new lodge set the tone for their
vision of guests reconnecting with one another and with nature.
The 300 year old Jackalberry tree still shades guests as they arrive into the lodge, but the reception area is now a wide open space with hanging chairs and a long walkway draws you out to the communal spaces, which have all been created with comfort in mind. A new Safari Boutique and gallery showcasing the works of renowned local artists is an addition to the lodge as well as a Creative Lab where guests are able to print their photographs on canvas and edit their images with the help of their guides.
The gorgeous firepit lounge is perfect for sociable nighttime gatherings beneath the stars. Ending off a day reminiscing about the adventures of the day or meeting other travellers around the embers of a roaring fire is possibly what makes this lodge feel so hospitable and homely.
The 4 new River Suites, all equipped with private plunge pools, are perfect for those guests wanting additional privacy, as they all boast views into the bush and over the river, but are located furthest away from the main lodge area.
Without losing the charm of the original Lion Sands River Lodge, the MORE team have managed to bring the lodge into the modern era, but maintain its authenticity and home-spun features that made this lodge so special.
Like a bush fire clears the way for growth, so the lodge blaze sparked the re-imagining of River Lodge as a place for guests to reconnect with each other and nature, renewing their awe of life.