Situated in a serene setting on a bend of the Sand River, in private 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve which flanks the south western section of South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge was built sustainably with local materials and an extremely light footprint so as to minimise its impact on the incredible surroundings and provide guests with a tranquil experience. Sand camouflages the lodge’s rooftops and water treatment systems recycle waste water for irrigation use. Discerning travellers will know that Sabi Sands is renowned for its high density of wildlife and prolific Big Five sightings.
“Tengile” translated means tranquil and this lies at the very heart of the lodge’s design. Just nine spacious air-conditioned suites offer expansive space for living, relaxing and sleeping. Raised above ground level, they give the impression that they’re floating over the riverbed and provide exceptional views from the dappled shade of a cool riparian forest – a setting that’s unique to Sabi Sands. Complete with sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms, sprawling en-suite bathrooms (featuring both indoor and outdoor rain-showers) and decks with private lap pools, all suites open out into the forest, creating private spaces for guests to sit or dine al fresco. Every suite is equipped with a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for guests’ use and complimentary wi-fi.
In the main lodge areas, bespoke pieces of artwork and furniture together with contemporary African fabrics and finishes, celebrate the talent of local designers and artists. Meanwhile, the floorplan ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, the viewing deck being a focal point.
The incredible wildlife is obviously the main focus of every stay, with twice daily game drives and interpretive bush walks an inherent part of the safari experience. Outside of these activities, the lodge features a gym and in-suite massages can be arranged.
Gourmet food paired with delectable South African wines combined with intimate and attentive service courtesy of warm and friendly staff make andBeyond Tengile River Lodge a unique and special safari paradise.