andBeyond has opened its latest South African-based luxury retreat in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. andBeyond Tengile River Lodge aspires to immerse guests ever deeper into the nature experience. The lodge offers nine air-conditioned, extremely spacious suites that effortlessly blend with the environment while providing a modern twist on the safari aesthetic that is a refreshing break with tradition.
The forward-looking design combines with the renowned Sabi Sand wildlife experience. Sustainability elements in the lodge design include thermal efficiency, a minimal ecological footprint through careful environmental auditing, as well as state-of-the-art wastewater and sewer treatment systems.
Game drives traverse an area of 10,500 hectares and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of the game-viewing experience. Guests can partake in early-morning and evening game drives to view lions, leopards, spotted hyena, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo and more, as well as take bushwalks and birdwatching.
With each of the almost-200-square-metre guest suites looking out onto mesmerising river views, the game viewing continues long after the game drives are done.
Meaning “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge is situated in a serene setting, on a bend of the Sand River. Here, elegant interiors are complemented by exquisite modern finishes, and inviting, intimate spaces encourage a sense solitude while pockets of open space are designed for group gatherings.
Built with an extremely light footprint, Tengile’s suites are raised above ground level to give the impression that they are floating over the riverbed, providing exceptional views from the dappled shade of a cool riverine forest. The spacious suites will offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (with indoor and al fresco showers) that open out into the forest, creating private spaces in the open air.
Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge offers magnificent river views. A beautiful massage and gym area offer a haven of tranquillity where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.
Sustainability lies at the heart of the new lodge’s form and function. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. Automation is being put into place to reduce the use of electricity and the use of solar power has been combined with various procedures designed to increase efficiency both during the build phase and after.
Suites are priced from ZAR 20,500 per persons sharing and Family Suites are ZAR 71,250 per villa, quad share.