Honeymoon Ideas: Get Close To Wildlife At And Beyond Tengile River Lodge
Situated in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, andBeyond’s newest luxury safari lodge features nine standalone guest suites that all have their own unique view of the Tengile River.
To call them suites is an understatement, as each measures over 2,150sqft and feels more like a little home in itself, complete with a spacious living room featuring a bar fully stocked with complimentary wines, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic drinks, a separate bedroom and a vast bathroom area with a walk-in wardrobe, his and hers sinks, a bathtub and a rainforest shower.
And then there’s the outdoor space, where there is a private swimming pool and a lounge area. A contemporary design marked by an eclectic mix of materials and patterns prevails across the whole safari lodge, and the suites are decorated in a warm palette of brown, tan and orange hues accented with pops of black and green.
The spacious suites are ideal for relaxing between the day’s two game drives. The morning one starts with coffee at 5.30am before setting out with a ranger and a tracker in search of wildlife, including giraffes placidly chewing on leaves, zebras flicking their tails to ward off flies, and hopefully representatives of the big five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo.
The morning drive ends with a refreshment stop at a picturesque spot in the bush, where the ranger can whip up a mocha coffee mixed with Amarula—a creamy, dessert-like liqueur made in South Africa.
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After the morning game drive, guests have the rest of the morning and afternoon to eat, take a nap and cool down during the hottest part of the day with a swim in their private pool—from which they just might spot elephants or zebras ambling along the banks of the Tengile.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the main dining area, which also overlooks the river. Rather than a standard lunch buffet, guests are treated to an impressive spread of tapas-style dishes paired with South African wines, a rustic tablescape made for Instagram.
The evening game drive often gets the adrenaline pumping even faster than the morning one, as dusk is when the predators are out hunting. Sightings might include a leopard stalking its prey or a pride of lions lounging after a full meal, all against a backdrop of dusky blues, purples and oranges as the sun slowly calls it a day.
The drive ends on a satisfying note with a sundowner somewhere in the bush, where it is entirely possible that a mob of impala or other curious game will be watching while guests sip their gin and tonics.
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