Tengile River Lodge

The spirit of &Beyond Tengile River Lodge
&Beyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River. Each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles. The nine secluded suites, nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest, and the guest areas, all exquisitely mirror the beauty of the outdoors. Impact and sustainability is at the heart of every space at Tengile River Lodge. Earthy textured materials have been repurposed from the landscape, including the Selati Railway that paves the lodge’s terrazzo floors in a colourful montage of black hues, deep green and rusty shades. This railway once linked the City of Gold, Johannesburg, to bustling Maputo, and traversed through the game reserve.

A fine balance between classic and contemporary, the environmentally conscious natural design is a tableau of slatted raw wood, and natural light from high glass windows illuminating refined interiors. Velvety sand from the area covers the roof, allowing for a perfect fusion into the landscape and creating minimal impact on this magnificent setting. Naturally streaked timber is a sustainable resource and decorates the main lodge areas and guest rooms. A dazzling chandelier floats above the dining room table and is a whirling, whimsical feature constructed from smooth green sea glass, a treasure tumbled from the currents. Feature walls are created from layers of slate stone and rich colours of brass, gold, khaki green and emerald breathe life into the organic materials, glass and wood that create this exquisite vision.

Space and comfort is taken to an unprecedented level in the guest suites. Bespoke furniture, lights and unique décor pieces have been created from incredibly innovative and skilled local artists, and striking fabrics have been masterfully hand-painted to echo nuances of nature and wildlife prints. The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive, and private places of refuge. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight point. The massage sala and gym area offers guests yet another haven of well-being and tranquillity.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
11 Jan 2019 to 10 Jan 2020 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private Vehicle Tour Leader
1-14 Guests
Suite  R19 680   R19 680   R9 160  R9 840
Famili Suite R68 880  R68 880  R9 160  N/A
11 Jan 2020 to 10 Jan 2021 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private Vehicle Tour Leader
1-14 Guests
Suite R20 690 R20 690 R13 745 R10 345
Famili Suite R72 410 R72 410 R13 745 N/A

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The spirit of &Beyond Tengile River Lodge

&Beyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River. Each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles. The nine secluded suites, nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest, and the guest areas, all exquisitely mirror the beauty of the outdoors. Impact and sustainability is at the heart of every space at Tengile River Lodge. Earthy textured materials have been repurposed from the landscape, including the Selati Railway that paves the lodge’s terrazzo floors in a colourful montage of black hues, deep green and rusty shades. This railway once linked the City of Gold, Johannesburg, to bustling Maputo, and traversed through the game reserve.

A fine balance between classic and contemporary, the environmentally conscious natural design is a tableau of slatted raw wood, and natural light from high glass windows illuminating refined interiors. Velvety sand from the area covers the roof, allowing for a perfect fusion into the landscape and creating minimal impact on this magnificent setting. Naturally streaked timber is a sustainable resource and decorates the main lodge areas and guest rooms. A dazzling chandelier floats above the dining room table and is a whirling, whimsical feature constructed from smooth green sea glass, a treasure tumbled from the currents. Feature walls are created from layers of slate stone and rich colours of brass, gold, khaki green and emerald breathe life into the organic materials, glass and wood that create this exquisite vision.

Space and comfort is taken to an unprecedented level in the guest suites. Bespoke furniture, lights and unique décor pieces have been created from incredibly innovative and skilled local artists, and striking fabrics have been masterfully hand-painted to echo nuances of nature and wildlife prints. The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive, and private places of refuge. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight point. The massage sala and gym area offers guests yet another haven of well-being and tranquillity.

Suite

Family Suite

 

&Beyond Tengile River Lodge allows access to a range of unique included and excluded experiences

Safari Game Drive - See spots in the Sabi Sand

The essence of a Safari game drive

Set out in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. These usually shy and elusive cats have become accustomed to vehicles in the Sabi Sand and, unlike many other areas, where leopards are rarely glimpsed in daylight hours, sightings of these magnificent animals are not uncommon on day drives.

Before setting out on your first game drive, the trained guide will ask you about your favourite wildlife species and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular animal or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. The guide and tracker will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.

While wildlife is the biggest drawcard for most travellers, the guide and tracker teams are also equipped with a wealth of knowledge about the area’s vegetation, including the traditional and medicinal uses of various plants. Birding enthusiasts can ask their guide to identify birds that are specific to the region as well as notable migrant species. Guests with a special interest in photography should let their guide know, as he will then take extra care to position the vehicle to make the best possible use of the available light at wildlife sightings.

Most trackers come from the areas immediately surrounding the game reserve and, as such, will be full of interesting information regarding the region’s culture, language and traditions, as well as local folklore.

Game drives in the Sabi Sand are able to go off road in search of exceptional sightings, include the members of the Big Five, when not in environmentally sensitive areas or after excessive rain. Afternoon game drives may also continue after dark, with a specially filtered spotlight used to illuminate wildlife that remains active at night

Guided bush walk - Explore a fascinating wildlife reserve on foot

The essence of Guided bush walks

For those looking for an active thrill beyond the excitement of Big Five sightings on a game drive vehicle, a walking safari offers an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses and you push through the brush and all six senses re-awake as Africa touches you and you touch Africa.

At one with nature, experience a range of natural wonders in the company of your experienced professional guide. Learn how to track, seeing how close you can come to smaller game like impala or nyala antelope without them being aware of your presence. Crouch behind a bush to catch a glimpse of a passing elephant or rhino. Smell and taste wild herbs, learning their traditional uses, and explore the smaller marvels of the bush, from the magnificent tapestry of a spider’s web to the microscopic world of the dung beetle. Watch a multitude of colourful birds as they flit from branch to branch, trilling out their sweet songs. Engage all your senses as you discover an unexpected world where each sound and scent and every bent blade of grass have a meaning.

Each bush walk is accompanied by an expertly trained and qualified guide, who follows strict protocols to ensure your safety and comfort. Your guide will point out the finer details of your environment, from tiny insects to interesting trees and shrubs, as well as animal tracks and dung. Together you will explore the beautiful bush savannah or browse the thickets of the Sand River. Bush walks do not attempt to come close to big game and are safe for guests from the age of sixteen and older.

 

Stop the stars in the night sky - Specialist star photography lesson

The essence of a Specialist star photography lesson

Pick up some hot new skills for capturing your holiday memories on film. Book a photography lesson with specialist guide Andrew Schoeman and choose to either upgrade your general photography skills or learn how to shoot the night sky.

Regardless of your level of skill, Andrew will utilise his extensive experience to help you to increase your chances of getting your holiday shot of a lifetime. He is well versed in the use of the most popular camera equipment, including both Canon and Nikon. Lessons begin with a basic understand of how a camera works and move on to information about different shooting modes and focus types. Andrew will discuss aperture and depth of field, as well as ISO and when it is important to change this. Other details tackled include the exposure triangle and understand of exposure compensation and when to use it. Lastly, Andrew will talk about different metering modes and how the camera exposes the image. Each step will be illustrated with practical examples that will quickly and easily demonstrate how you can instantly improve your photography.

A more specialised night sky photography session can be arranged at a secluded spot in the bush, carefully selected to offer minimal light pollution. The session begins with the correct way to set up the camera for this specialised photography session. Andrew will ensure that you are comfortable using your camera’s manual mode, as well as using and understand long exposure. Some dead trees or other interesting background features will help you to understand how to set up a composition at night and Andrew will also show you how to focus your lens correctly. You will learn how to photograph the stars themselves, as well as how to create the effect of star trails. The session will end some creative shooting as you learn how to paint with light.

Signature Offers VALIDITY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Signature offers may only be booked on 1-5 Night rates, and may not be combined with any other offers
Honeymoon Offer

11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 &

11 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '21

Save 50% on one partner's accommodation
  • One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Rate and honeymoon discount based on 1-5 night Rate.
  • Offer is not applicable to Family Cottages, Family Suites and Villas.
  • May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage.
  • Minimum 2 night stay

NUMBER OF ROOMS 9 (including family suite) WEATHER Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid.
Temperature start to cool slightly in April and the winter months
(May to June) are warm with cold nights. July to September
is very dry, with cold night and early morning / late afternoon
temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot
winds.
MAXIMUM GUESTS 18
CHILDREN No children under 12 years
CHILDMINDING Not available
FAMILY SUITE (2 SUITES WITH
INTERLEADING DOOR)
2 adults and 2 children over
12 years
TRIPLES None available due to vehicle availability
TWIN BEDS All convertible to double RAINFALL The rains start towards the end of October. November to March
can experience rains and typical afternoon thundershowers,
which start to lessen in April.
AIR CONDITIONING Yes
OVERHEAD FANS Yes
PRIVATE LAP POOL Yes
BATH Yes
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SHOWERS Yes TEMPERATURE Summer:
12 ̊C to 40 ̊C / 55 ̊F to 100 ̊F
Winter:
3 ̊C to 32 ̊C / 32 ̊F to 90 ̊F
SEPARATE WC Yes
IN-ROOM SAFE Yes BEST TIME TO TRAVEL  All year round, with optimum
game viewing from March
to October
PERSONAL BAR Yes
MASSAGE SALA & GYM Available ALTITUDE 423m / 1 388ft above sea level
HAIRDRYER Yes MALARIA The camp is situated in a malaria
area and necessary precautions
should be taken
LAUNDRY INCLUDED Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Yes AIRSTRIP The camp is served by
Skukuza Airstrip
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT 14h00 / 11h00
KOSHER FOOD Available with prior notice and at extra cost GPS COORDINATES S 24 ̊55’ 56 and E 31 ̊33’ 21
POWER 220v AC LODGE CLOSURE Open year round
INTERNET ACCESS Yes, Wi-Fi in suites only    
CREDIT CARDS Visa, Diners, Amex, MasterCard    

 
NOTE
• Please note that park fees and government charges apply.
  Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
• Drones are not permitted at &Beyond reserves, camps and lodges, villas and islands
 

* Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.
 
The fine print
All rates are confidential, inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing, except for family suites, family cottages and villas which are per family suite/ family cottage/ villa per night and excludes any park, conservancy, entrance, gate and landing fees.
Park and Conservancy Fees are subject to change.
*** Prepay: Fees need to be pre-paid to &Beyond and cannot be paid on arrival
**** Settle direct: Fees are paid on arrival at the gate and/or at the applicable lodge
Long-Stay Rates: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary. Nights spent at lodges without applicable long-stay rates count towards the long-stay rate at lodges where they are
applicable. These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.
Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room throughout the year. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum of two adults sharing.
Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical
evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.
Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees.
Pilots and Local Driver-Guides: Rate only includes accommodation, meals, teas and coffees. Accommodation in a pilot/guide room is on a twin basis; single rooms will be allocated depending on availability.
Private Vehicles: Private 4x4 safari vehicles can be pre-booked, subject to availability. Rates are nett and non-commissionable and are per vehicle per night, from 2pm on day of arrival to 11am on day of departure. Please see applicable notes under our Child Policy for children joining on a
private vehicle. 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our
partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.
 
Child Policy

Child Age Rate (not applicable to villas/family suites)
Notes 
SAFARI PARTICIPATION
Game Drives Nature Walks Other Activities
0 - 2 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Cots subject to availability Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted
3 – 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Triple rooms subject to availability Not permitted; additional children's drives may be requested Not permitted Not permitted
6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults 50% of full adult rate Triple rooms subject to availability Yes, 6 - 12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted
6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults 1st child: adult rate
2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
Max 3 children per room
(subject to triple room availability)
Yes, 6 - 12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted
Childminders: Childminders are available but must be booked on the day of arrival. A rate of ZAR 60 per hour is payable at the lodge.
Triple room at Phinda Zuka Lodge: Subject to taking exclusive use of the lodge.
If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals. Greater distances to animals may be adhered to, or certain sightings may be avoided, in order to ensure the safety of all.


FAMILY SUITES
1 family suite (2 rooms)

National Park and Censervancy Fees

Skukuza Landing Fees
- 11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '21 :  R90 All Ages per person
Sabi Sand gate Fee
 Fly in Transfers -
11 Jan '19 - 31 Dec '19 R120
                               
01 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '21 R140
      Self Drive        
11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 -  
Conservation Contribution
                               11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '21 R138    

Meaning “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge is situated in a serene setting, on a bend of the Sand River. Here, elegant interiors are complimented by exquisite modern finishes, and inviting, intimate spaces encourage a sense of solitude whilst pockets of open space are designed for group gatherings.


Built with an extremely light footprint, Tengile will feature nine suites that are raised above ground level to give the impression that they are floating over the riverbed, providing exceptional views from the dappled shade of a cool riverine forest. The spacious suites will offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (with indoor and al fresco showers) that open out into the forest, creating private spaces in the open air.

Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge will offer magnificent river views. A beautiful massage and gym area offer a haven of tranquillity where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.

Sustainability lies at the heart of the new lodge’s form and function. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. Automation is being put into place to reduce the use of electricity and the use of solar power has been combined with various procedures designed to increase efficiency both during the build phase and after.

AT A GLANCE

  •  9 air-conditioned suites with ensuite bathrooms
  •  Spacious private deck, each with a sunken outdoor lounge and private lap pool
  •  Family suite available
  •  Safari Shop, massage sala and gym

WHAT SETS US APART

  • Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles
  • Traversing 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres)
  • The reserve is famed for its leopard sightings
  • Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo)game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
  • Additional wildlife includes spotted hyena, various antelope, hippo and over 300 bird species

ACTIVITIES

Included

  • Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Birdwatching

At an additional charge

  • Specialist walking safaris

ACCESS

  • Daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza airstrip, followed by an easy drive to camp. Connect &Beyond Tengile River Lodge or Kirkman’s Kamp to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Vilanculos and Livingstone
  • Five-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

GUEST SAFETY

The camp is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests at all times when walking around the camp at night.

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