&Beyond has opened the brand new Tengile River Lodge, taking the level of luxury in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve up to a new level.
Nine exclusive guest suites are tucked deep into the riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River. Each offers 180º views over the river, looking out onto one of South Africa’s most wildlife-rich conservation areas.
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. Slatted raw wood is used for the ceiling and extends down onto the walls as cladding to create the illusion of a cabin. The high ceilings create beams of natural light that illuminate the rich interiors.
An additional touch is a Wellness Centre overlooking the river, which includes a gym and pool, as well as massage rooms and a sunken deck from where guests can enjoy the tranquil surrounding while awaiting their treatment.
Sustainability elements at &Beyond Tengile River Lodge design include thermal efficiency, a minimal ecological footprint through careful environmental auditing, as well as state-of-the-art waste water and sewer treatment systems.
Situated in one of the most renowned wildlife viewing areas in South Africa, game drives traverse an area of 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of the game viewing experience.