Narina Lodge at Lion Sands Game Reserve
Narina Lodge is embedded in the bushveld of Kruger National Park, raised above the ground on stilts like a sophisticated treehouse designed for indulgence. It’s part of Lion Sands Game Reserve, which means the interiors are finished to glossy magazine standards – this is polished living in the heart of the African wilds. Its riverside location draws in the local wildlife and it’s immediately noticeable, whether it’s elephants wandering by your private deck or impish monkeys attempting to share your breakfast. Evenings are lit by the warm glow of candlelight emanating from the comfortable wooden deck where you can relax as you enjoy a glass of Champagne and appreciate the wondrous sounds of the bush.
Meals are served on the open-air deck, where the lodge’s extra height means guests here get superb views. There are just nine stilted Luxury Suites connected by raised wooden walkways, designed with a blend of comfortable modern living and elements of traditional safari style. Each suite has a private plunge pool and outdoor shower for cooling off in the afternoon heat, and the design is a blend of comfortable modern living with elements of traditional safari style. The soft, contemporary furnishings are a dream to sink into at the end of each day, and wandering from your suite to the main building is a wildlife-spotting adventure in itself thanks to the abundant birdlife. Every suite is positioned so you’ll get sweeping views of the river stretching out before you from every angle. You can even take in the stunning sight from the comfort of your bathtub.
If your budget allows for it or if you’re celebrating a special occasion, a night in one of Lion Sands’ treehouses is the most epic way to top off a stay at Lion Sands. Taking the treehouse concept to another level, each treehouse is wonderfully remote and offers you the opportunity to sleep in the wild, high up in a four-poster bed with a luxurious picnic to enjoy as you listen out for wildlife as they roam the majestic bushveld.