Drawing inspiration from the history of Kirkman’s Kamp, &Beyond’s existing property in the reserve, Tengile River Lodge offers a fresh and contemporary take on the safari aesthetic that is a refreshing break with tradition.
Nine exclusive guest suites are tucked deep into the riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River. Each offers 180 degree views over the river, looking out onto one of South Africa’s most wildlife-rich conservation areas. “Tengile River Lodge boasts a fresh design that gives our guests what they crave the most – space,” said, Joss Kent, CEO, &Beyond.
At over 200 m2 per guest suite, the lodge has some of the largest rooms in the Sabi Sand. With the emphasis on both comfort and privacy, the rooms are designed to highlight the magnificence of the setting, with bespoke materials and designs that echo the colours and textures of the bush.
Bespoke touches cleverly combine the classical and the contemporary, drawing on the area’s colourful past for inspiration. For example, stone from the Selati Railway, which used to run through the area, connecting the gold mines of Johannesburg with the port city of Maputo, has been used to create the terrazzo floors. The stones have been carefully laid out to make the most of the contrasting colours, including dark greens, shades of rust and black.