Meaning “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River, with serene river views from every vantage point.
The lodge features nine secluded suites, nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest, each with soothing river outlooks. Their elevated position creates the illusion that they are lightly floating over the riverbed. Space is taken to an unprecedented level in these guest suites. In addition to a master bedroom, bathroom and outdoor shower, there is a lounge, dining area, and bar, together with a private deck, swimming pool, and outdoor seating and dining area.
The guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive, and private spaces. Bespoke pieces of artwork and furniture, together with fabrics and finishes, celebrate the talent of South African artists and designers. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight point. The massage and gym area offers guests yet another haven of well-being and tranquillity.
Adjacent to the renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly its leopard sightings. Home to a ample resident game, including the Big Five, the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares. With no boundary fences between it and the Kruger, the Reserve benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent.
Game drives traverse an area of 10 500 hectares and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of the game viewing experience. Guests are likely to track individually recognisable leopard and lion, as well as clans of spotted hyena. Sensitive off-road driving practices guarantee that guests have the best possible view of sightings and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements
The drive from Johannesburg to &Beyond Tenigle River Lodge is approximately 500 km and takes five to six hours. The camp is accessed through Shaw’s Gate to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. All except the last 10 km of the road is tarred.
Federal Air offers daily scheduled flights from OR Tambo to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by a short drive to Tengile River Lodge. The flight time from Johannesburg to Skukuza is approximately one and half hours. Guests also have the choice of flying to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, followed by a road transfer to Tengile River Lodge. The distance between Nelspruit and Tengile River Lodge is approximately 150 km and the road transfer takes an hour and 45 minutes. Hoedspruit is approximately a three-hour drive from Tengile River Lodge.
Weather & climate
The summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Temperatures start to cool slightly in April and winter months (May to June) are warm, with cold nights and early mornings. July to September is very dry, with cold night and early morning/late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry with hot, dry winds. The first rains start towards the end of October. Rains or typical afternoon thundershowers occur from Nov to March, with potential scattered afternoon thundershowers.
Summer: 13˚C to 38˚C
Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C
The currency is the South African rand.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for South Africa. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.