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Tengile River Lodge

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve


From US$1,250

Lodge Description

Welcome to Tengile River Lodge
Situated in a perfect position on the banks of the Sand River, with sweeping river views from every vantage point, lies Tengile River Lodge. Meaning ‘tranquil’ in the local language, the lodge certainly has an advantage over all others in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
The reserve benefits from a great diversity of wildlife including the Big Five as it neighbours and shares a 50 km (31mi) unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. World renowned for its prolific leopard sightings, strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of an up-close game viewing experience with game drives traversing an area of 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres).

This magnificent lodge features nine enormous, air-conditioned, secluded suites, dotted in the dappled shade of the bushveld, each with panoramic river views. In addition to a master bedroom, bathroom and outdoor shower, there is a lounge, dining area, fully-stocked bar, coffee station and outdoor seating and dining area that guaranteed to take your breath away. A private lap pool on your spacious private deck comes complete with sunken outdoor lounge looking out onto the famed Sand River. For families, two of the lodge’s suites are joined by a covered walkway to create a family suite.

The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive and private places. The viewing deck is an incredible highlight and the library is a fascinating treasury of curated objects and interesting books. Bespoke furniture, lights and unique décor pieces have been created from skilled local artists and striking fabrics have been masterfully hand-painted. A massage and gym area offers guests a space of well-being and tranquillity and a Safari Shop is stocked with beautiful handcrafted items.

Choose from a variety of exciting activities such as twice-daily game drives and evening safaris, interpretive bush and nature walks, photography lessons, birdwatching, star gazing, private and photographic safaris.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is one of the most prestigious wildlife sanctuaries in the world, neighbouring the Kruger National Park. It is famed for its leopards and incredible wildlife. The uniqueness of the lodge is its ideal positioning on the Sand River with exclusive access to the riverbed.

The lodge has been designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles. Private decks and al fresco sitting areas are the ideal places to view wildlife using your Swarovski Optik binoculars as herds of elephants congregate in the riverbed and game roam across the landscape.

In addition to incredible leopard viewing, the famous Big Five, rhino and cheetah, discover a vast variety of plant and animal species that share the land with the Kruger National Park. Encounter a few of the over 500 bird species, 145 animal species, 110 reptile species and 45 fish species.

Tengile River Lodge has exclusive traversing rights on 10 500 hectares (26 000 acre) of wilderness land, which means our guests can explore the reserve on foot, free from the constraints of roads and vehicles, go on a night drive, or sensitively go off-road enabling you to get closer to wildlife.

In the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Access to the lodge:

Daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza airstrip, followed by an easy drive to camp.

Connect Kirkman’s Kamp to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Ngala Private Game Reserve, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Vilanculos and Livingstone.

Five-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle.



Lodge Details

Property Type

Permanent Lodge






Max. clients in vehicle


Skukuza Airstrip



Activities Included

Game Drives, Walking Safaris, Photographic Safaris

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