Lions Valley Lodge

View of the waterhole in front of the lodge
  • 5 star
  • 10 Luxury Suites
  • R 2 750
  • No
  • Ages 8 and above welcome
  • Main Lodge Pool
  • Yes
  • Yes, Massage Treatments
  • Massage treatments can be enjoyed either indoors or on the undercover patio of the Spa Complex.

    Massage table in the Spal
    Ask us for details
  • Lions Valley has 10 Suites, including a Honeymoon suite, all individually decorated in different styles. Sleeps 2adults, 2 children

    Africa Suite at Lions Valley
    from: R 2 750 per person sharing
  • Everything was perfect, from the suite to the food to the game drives and beyond. My friend and I stayed in the Africa Suite, not even five minutes from the main lodge but still far enough to where we had plenty of space to ourselves..

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    Guest Tripadvisor, Stayed September '21

About Lions Valley Lodge

Lions Valley is not fenced, which is why they do not allow children under 8 at the lodge.
The Lodge is located at the centre of the reserve while most of the others are located in the North or the South.
This means that you are a much shorter driving distance from any great sightings which may be have been reported and also means you don't travel the same roads to get to certain parts of the reserve over and over again.

Lions Valley is made of 10 free standing individually themed thatched rooms. Actually, these are not so much rooms as roooooms! There is plenty of space inside these uniquely decorated homes in the Bush.
The rooms have twin free standing baths, inside and outside showers. The rooms have been built to be naturally cool so as to avoid the need and the noise of air conditioners. There is spacious and comfortable lounge area with a fireplace for the colder evenings!

Themes include The Africa Suite, The Bird Suite, The Livingstone Suite, The Ndebele Suite, The Nguni Suite, The Romance suite ( African Fertility symbols feature in here ), The Savannah Suite, The Safari Suite, The Spaza Suite and the Zebra Suite.

The Main Lodge area is also thatched with the roof being held up by natural tree trunks. when you walk through the reception area the magnificent views across the valley easily distract you from your ultimate destination which is to get a drink from the bar and enjoy the scenes from around the waterhole below.
If your drink doesn't cool you down enough on a hot summers day, there is also a rim flow swimming pool for you to enjoy.

  • The Game viewing is in open vehicles with each guest having an individual seat with seat belt.
  • Two scheduled Safaris (game drives) are included in the rate pppn which leave in the morning and the evening.
  • If the weather permits and depending on the number of guests and staff available some meals are taken down by the waterfall we will have a barbecue ( braai ) or picnic.
  • Fishing (seasonal).
  • Birding
  • Walking Safaris are conducted by qualified trail guides and can be booked at the lodge during the course of your stay. No children under 16 will be permitted to go and no electronic equipment apart from compact cameras are allowed. Please ask your reservation agent about the requirements if you would like to go on one during your stay. There is an additional charge for the bush walk
  • No children under age of 8 years allowed at the lodge as it is unfenced
  • Children 8 - 11 years sharing with parents will be charged a child rate per night
  • Children 12 - 17 years sharing with parents will be charged a teenage rate per night
  • A maximum of two children are allowed in a suite when sharing with their parents
  • As the lodge is not fenced and the lodge is in a Big 5 reserve, children are to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children are to be supervised by their parents at all times. This is particularly important when on game drives, in the boma or dining room and while making use of the swimming pool and the surrounding area.
  • The Game Ranger reserves the right not to permit children on game drives if they feel the child is not mature enough and may hinder the enjoyment of the other guests.

Pick up time for guests from the guest parking area is at 2pm.
On arrival at Nambiti Memorial Gate and after filling in your arrival form you will be directed to the parking area where your Lions Valley Lodge Guide will come and fetch you. You are entering a big 5 Game reserve, please drive carefully and be responsible if you come across any sightings on your way to the parking.
You will be transported by Game Viewer by your Game Ranger to the Lodge.

Daily Timetable

All times are approximate and are dependent on weather and seasonal sunset and sunrise times. Visiting groups that are large enough to use one Game viewer together can further customise the times to suit themselves.

  • Please arrive by 2pm for the transfer to the Lodge . Lunch is at 3pm.
  • Game drives are at about 16h00
  • Dinner is at around 19h30
  • In Summer the morning Game drive is at about 6am

Please be ready by 11H00 hours and to be transferred to your vehicle by 12h00


All extras to be settled directly with the Lodge unless pre arranged with Southern Routes Reservations

Facilities and features at Lions Valley Lodge

  • Rim Flow Swimming pool
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
  • View of water hole
  • Spa and Massage room
  • Conference room suitable for 20 people
  • Library with Fireplace
  • A large deck with views into the Reserve.
  • Lodge is not Fenced
  • An on-site Spa Treatment facility.
  • Secure undercover parking (off site)
  • Credit card facilities.
  • Laundry service.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • WiFi is available
Parking for your vehicle

Visitors vehicles are to be left at the dedicated secure parking areas near the Memorial Gate. You will be picked up by and dropped off there by your game ranger. The parking is undercover.


What are the best rates for Lions Valley Lodge?

Weekend Rates | Friday and Saturday

Luxury Suite
  • Valid: 1 Sep 2021 to 30 November 2021
  • Per Person Sharing from: R 3 200 per night
  • Single occupancy from: R 4 500 per night
  • Children 8 - 11 from: R 1 500 per night
  • Children 12 - 17 from: R 2 000 per night
  • Valid for Midweek reservations only - Monday to Thursday
  • Spa Treatments need to be booked in advance
  • Subject to availability and excludes conservation and gate fee's ( See rate below )

Luxury Suite
  • Valid:1 Sep 2021 to 30 November 2021
  • Per Person Sharing: R 2 750 per night
  • Valid for Midweek reservations only - Sunday to Thursday
  • Spa Treatments need to be booked in advance
  • Some special rates may exclude The Romance Suite. Please enquire.
  • Subject to availability and excludes conservation and gate fee's ( See rate below )

Children at the Lodge
  • No children under the age of 3 years are permitted unless the lodge has been booked an exclusive use basis.
  • Rates for children 3-12 can be requested at time of booking
Children on game drives
  • Children aged 3 years and older are permitted on game drives at the lodge management's and ranger's discretion
  • Parents going on game drives are welcome to use the Babysitting facilities. An extra fee applies
  • Even if the lodge is booked on an exclusive use basis - Children under 3 cannot go on game drives

Normal Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Accommodation in a luxury room
  • Luncheon arrival, dinner and breakfast daily
  • All hot beverages
  • Two game drives per day
  • Snacks On Afternoon Game Drive And Hot Muffins On Morning Game Drive


  • Rhino Conservation Levy ( See below )
  • Tours and Transfers not mentioned
  • All Bar Service
  • Gratuities,
  • Personal Purchases, Extra Activities Offered By The Lodge
    Conservation Levy/ Rhino Protection Levy ( Excluded from normal rates )
  • Nambiti Rhino Protection Levy is R 70 (including VAT) per person per night
  • Payable directly at the lodge on the day of departure
  • Subject to change without notice.

Room Types

There are 10 Luxury Thatched Suites. Each one is decorated along a different theme related to Africa.
The suites all offer luxurious bedrooms with walk-in cupboards, bathrooms with two feature baths and there are 'His' and 'Hers' showers in the bathroom.
The outside showers help with the "back to nature" feel and you can relax on the patio enjoying the panoramic view over the game reserve and waterhole.

They are all thatched and offer maximum privacy to the clients staying there.

They rooms can be made up with a King Size bed or with Twin Double beds. A maximum of 2 children are allowed to share with parents. There is a large lounge area with comfortable couches and a great viewing deck.

Room Facilities

  • 10 Thatched suites
  • Private viewing deck.
  • His and hers free standing Baths
  • His and Hers Indoor showers
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Fans are available
  • Outdoor shower.
  • A mini-safe.
  • Hair-dryer.
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities.
  • Can accommodate 2 adults & 2 children
  • No Smoking in the room is permitted.
Bedroom of Lions Valley Bird Suite
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Bird Suite

The elegant décor in the Bird Suite is a reflection of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s abundant bird life. The original paintings in this suite are examples of some of the 200 plus identified birds on the Reserve.

Bedroom of Lions Valley Africa Suite
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Africa Suite

The Africa Suite emanates an air of magical mystery, this suite is the epitome of an African experience, allowing visitors to explore the magnitude of Africa’s splendour throughout their stay.

Bedroom and lounge of the Ndebele suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Ndebele Suite

The Ndebele Suite is an accolade to the Ndebele people. They are known for their rich cultural heritage as depicted in their highly imaginative bead work and brightly coloured mural patterns. Their culture is visible throughout this suite, from the beaded tribal artwork, and cultural artefacts that portray a sense of strength and pride.

Bedroom of the Romance suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Romance Suite

The Romance Suite indulges the senses with gloriously romantic, decorative touches designed to stir the emotions and kindle the flames of passion. This romantic suite is the pièce de resistance, a celebration of love and romantic devotion. It is the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Lounge with bedroom in the back of the Nguni suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Nguni Suite

The Nguni Suite is decorated with genuine Nguni Cattle hides and leather items as a mark of respect for the noble indigenous herds that form an intrinsic part of the KwaZulu-Natal landscape. These cattle signify wealth and prosperity in the Zulu culture.

Lounge and bedroom Homestead suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Homestead Suite

The Homestead Suite offers guests a rare glance of a rural home adorned with some unique décor pieces. The original painting in this suite is of the old farmhouse on the reserve known as “Homestead”.

Baths and view from Livingstone suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Livingstone Suite

The Livingstone Suite allows our guests to relive an incredible part of history. The suite pays homage to the Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone. Dr Livingstone gained worldwide recognition for his travels through Africa in search of the source of the River Nile.

Lounge and wall painting in Safari suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Safari Suite

Designed to reflect the nuances of the bushveld. Every aspect of the room is decorated to reflect the spectacular scenery that surrounds the reserve.

Lounge and bedroom of Zebra suite at Lions Valley Lodge
Max 2 adults and 2 children

Zebra Suite

Designed to reflect the nuances of the bushveld. Every aspect of the room is decorated to reflect the spectacular scenery that surrounds the reserve.