Lion sands : The story
Lion Sands Game Reserve is an extraordinary gift passed down over generations. Even for those of us who have known its sweeping landscapes since birth, it remains a place of astounding beauty with mysteries that will never be fully discovered.
“We know that our family is one of the most privileged in the world to be the custodian of some of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. With a foot in both the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park, we have created an iconic safari destination which is, to us, as close to perfection as any of the Seven Wonders of the World.”
Guy Aubrey Chalkley, affectionately known as Chalk, was a keen hunter and traveled extensively throughout Africa. It was on one such adventure that he stumbled across Kingstown. Belonging to the Transvaal Consolidated Lands, this was a jewel of a property on the border of the Kruger National Park. These were the same lands that were soon to become the basis of what is now the world-famous Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Game Reserve).
Guy was filled with affection for the animals around him and with admiration for the pristine condition of the Kingstown property. It’s a known fact that he never lifted a rifle to an animal in this reserve. Guy purchased the property on the 25th of November 1933 from Transvaal Consolidated Mines for four thousand pounds and fourteen shillings.The Sabie River, snaking lazily through the Kruger National Park and the Kingstown property, was the life source of the plentiful fauna and flora, and in the late 1930s, Guy built a small camp on the banks of this impressive river. There weren’t any roads in those days, and Guy, in his old Ford Sedan, had to follow markings on trees to find his route to the camp.
For over 60 years, the camp was enjoyed as a peaceful private retreat by the Chalkley and More families.