Tengile River Lodge

Situated in the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with an unfenced border to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge sits on a river bank with magnificent views from all angles. The Sabi Sands offers one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent, home to a host of animals including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), which you can enjoy seeing on morning and evening game drives as well as guided bush walks.

Fire pit Lions on game drive Dining views
  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

The lodge itself has elegant interiors. It has a warm and contemporary style and is built with an extremely light footprint. It features nine floating suites that each look out over the river from the shelter of a cool riverine forest. Each of the spacious suites features a sunken lounge, an elegant bedroom, a bathroom that opens out onto the forest and a private deck with lap pool. The living areas are cleverly designed to as to be easily converted to cater for children's sleeping arrangements at night.

Tengile means 'tranquil' in the local language and particularly suits the beautiful spa and gym area designed to offer a haven of tranquillity where guests can spend their time between game drives. The lounge and dining area are also a place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying the views. The entire lodge has been built with environmentally friendly construction materials and automation is being put into place to reduce the use of electricity and to make use of solar power.

Getting There

In the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve bordering the Kruger Park. There are daily light aircraft flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Skukuza airstrip (in the Kruger National Park), followed by an easy drive to camp. Alternatively, the lodge is a 5-hour drive on good roads from Johannesburg.


Early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, guided bush walks, birdwatching and walking safaris.

Read what our previous clients thought of Tengile River Lodge

Review of Tengile River Lodge

Dean Clabrough

Great accommodation and by far the best rooms on the trip - a very fortunate upgrade from Kirkmans Kamp. Rooms were amazing. Staff were very friendly and professional, great service. Great food. Great game viewing, this guide was the sympathetic to photographic needs which was great (he was our guide when we went to Exeter River Lodge years ago). Very accommodating to dietary requirements.

30/05/2021 Read full trip review

Review of Tengile River Lodge

Kaitlyn Garry

THIS PLACE WAS THE BEST!!! If we could give it 10 stars we would. Definitely our favorite and did not want to leave. Everything was beyond anything we imagined - the lodge, the setting, the food, the safari game drives and animals, and then staff. We felt like total royalty our entire stay. We Cannot recommend this enough to anyone who visits South Africa.

16/10/2019 Read full trip review

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