Run and owned by the safari accommodation powerhouse of &Beyond, Tengile River Lodge is their latest, and possibly the most exquisite addition to their collection. Its name directly translates to 'tranquil' in the local Tsonga language, and aptly so. Relaxation is yours for the taking here, with its seamless design, open spaces, and serene views of the Sands River from every angle. The lodge decor is well throughout too; think bespoke artwork and vintage furniture, showcasing the talent of South African artists.
Tengile almost seems to float above the water's edge, carefully elevated amongst the riverine forest. This ideal location affords each private suite with the most impeccable views. As for the interiors, each space features a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower, together with a private deck with seating area, and lap pool. They also come fully air-conditioned, with super-size beds luring you in for an early afternoon siesta. When not taking a dip in your private pool, relaxing at the spa, or sipping a crisp G&T at Tengile's bar, game drives and bush walks led by experienced guides will are high on the agenda. The Big 5 are a top drawcard in the area (as are leopards), and strict vehicle limits at game sightings ensure the exclusivity of the wildlife encounters.