This stunning location is steeped in history dating back to the original purchase in 1933 by a gentleman affectionately known as “chalk”(Guy Aubrey Chalkley) “Chalk” originally purchased the property in 1933 and it was occupied as a private retreat by both the Chalkey and More families for over 60 years.
The business is still family run by the More family who have continued Guy’s passion for protecting the environment and his passion for conservation. The fourth generation of Mores prides itself on providing guests with a personal tailor made and therefore unique safari experience that has guests eulogizing how the experience was like staying with friends.
Located in the Southern Sabi Sand Game Reserve Lion Sands luxurious lodges include the River Lodge, Ivory Lodge and 1933. The lodges offer clients superb service privacy richly deserving their exclusive luxury tag. All three lodges differ exhibiting their own charm and sense of history.
In line with the family’s raison d'etre of conservation and community a full-time ecologist is employed to monitor the effect on the wilderness by any commercial operation. Lion Sands is the only reserve in the Sabi Sands to have taken this action.
Community is central to everything Lion Sands represents and 90% (one hundred and thirty) of the staff working at Lion Sands are living in local communities. Rural communities such as those surrounding Lion Sands often have high levels of unemployment and by employing local people Lion Sands contributes back to micro- economies of these communities where it is not uncommon to have between ten and fifteen dependents.
Paying it forward has been amply demonstrated by this consciensous reserve that not only employs local people but outsource various services such as laundry, pest control and firewood purchasing to local businesses.
Transferable skills and education is also an integral part of the ethos at Lion Sands where experience education and knowledge garnished over many generations is willingly shared which in turn benefits many and creates a truly sustainable model.
Guests are not pressurized in the least to contribute in any shape or form, but if a guest does want to explore these possibilities the Lion Sands community Manager is there to assist them. Long standing programs such as the Henna Pre-school have been operating for over ten years and now has over 115 pupils from an original 20 is but one example of what has been achieved.