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Tankwa River Lodge is ideal for those that want to get away and have some real down time! The house is off the grid and has no electricity- some of the rooms have solar power for lighting (which for me is already half way to slowing down).We recently spent a very long lazy weekend here on the farm… 2500 hectares of beautiful Karoo, an old farmhouse, plenty of open fireplaces and the big gathering point around the outdoor firepit.

Tankwa River Lodge is an eclectic mix of many beautiful pieces. The owners have been gathering treasures over time; vintage kitchen ware, old cupboards, kelims cover the stone floor and Nguni hides over the simple screed. Lanterns burn at night and we were very grateful for the Solar Consol lanterns that helped us find our way to bed.

We had the hottest weather and it was almost the middle of winter- be ready for anything! Winters are especially freezing cold as this is one of the coldest areas in the country while summers are baking hot. Pack a kikoi and your Havianas.

There is a small welcoming plunge pool which the children spent many an hour lying in to cool off . There is plenty of shade and heaps of comfy laid back couches for reading and board games.

We had to do the 4×4 routes on the farm and enjoyed sundowners watching the sun set over the Karoo landscape. The Tankwa National park is a short drive from here.

Expect to see plenty of game on the farm, it is well stocked with Springbok, Gemsbok,Hartebeest and Kudu. This is also home to the Aardvark. A very rare sight indeed. An extra bonus are the 6 beautiful horses that live and roam on the farm.Two are rescue horses and the rest were born here. At 5pm they arrive for their food much to the delight of the children and adults alike.

Good news is that dogs are very welcome.



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  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (single)
  • 3 x Bathrooms
  • 3 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • Bring your own drinking water
  • Freezer (Gas)
  • Fridge
  • No cellular reception
  • No TV
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Pool
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Solar power in some of the rooms
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Swimming towels
  • Wi-fi


Sleeps 12


Dogs welcome

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Based on 24 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Tankwa River Lodge.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    Thank you for arranging our most enjoyable stay at Tankwa River Lodge. We were not disappointed in any way other than being restricted to two nights. We know that the magnetic pull to return will linger for a long time. Appreciated your efficiency and good humour .

  • Guest

    We had a lovely time. Really just love Tankwa River Lodge!

  • Guest

    We could not ask for a better getaway for Easter. We loved every minute - the beauty, tranquility, silence and lovely farmhouse. Everyone from grownups through teens and kids to dogs had a fabulous time. Cecil and his kind family were very friendly and helpful.

  • Guest

    Thanks for another superb stay at Tankwa – we actually enjoyed this winter stay even more than our summer one! The river was flowing, the gardens lush and our bush dinner experience was nothing short of magical!

  • Guest

    We had the best time, thanks for all your help! Our stay at Tankwa River Lodge was a absolutely brilliant. The accommodation and farm exceeded our expectations - it is a truly special place. The house is decorated and laid out with real flair, whilst at the same time paying homage to the uniqueness of the location. Every utensil and facility we need was perfectly provided for. Cecil, the farm manager, was an absolute pleasure to meet and deal with and he and his team went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay, as did Peter the owner. The Tankwa Karoo is an incredibly special part of the country, I really cannot recommend Tanka River Lodge enough as a base from which to experience it.

  • Guest

    We had a great time -the house and accommodation was great - v comfortable - everything we needed was provided. The braai area was great as was the back eating area. Cecil the manager was a great help and took us for two excellent drives on the property.

  • Guest

    We really enjoyed our stay and Cecil was a real gem… We had a great time!

  • Guest

    Were having an amazing time on the farm. A little hot, but all part of the experience. Thanks for the game drive. Beautiful farm and house.

  • Guest

    We had a great time at Tankwa River Lodge. The house is beautifully furnished and very comfortable: it was also was wonderfully peaceful so we could all unwind after the pressures of the week. It was also very good to have the help of someone who cleaned the kitchen for us after the meals. I would love to go back next year after it has rained and the river is running.

  • Guest

    We had a great stay (weather fantastic), Cecil and his team did a fab job with supper and the breakfast out was a real treat. The house is beautiful, comfortable and has all the necessary comforts. Thanks very much.

  • Guest

    We had a great time at Tankwa River Lodge this weekend. The venue and staff were all great.

  • Guest

    We had a wonderful stay, we would love to do the trip every year, just inhaled every little bit of beauty and nature. It was really memorable!!

  • Guest

    We had the most wonderful weekend in the Tankwa Karoo, the house was really comfortable and catered for all our needs.

  • Guest

    Just wanted to say thank you for a great weekend... all went well and the place is indeed beautiful.

  • Guest

    Everything was perfect. Wonderful house, great location, well-priced, thank you.

  • Guest

    We had the most wonderful weekend in the Tankwa Karoo, the house was really comfortable and catered for all our needs

  • Guest

    It was a wonderful experience!

  • Guest

    Lovely house, enjoyed it!

  • Guest

    What a lovely holiday thank you!! Huge compliments to your farm manager Morne and a very sweet chap that helped him who took the children riding twice a day . The girls loved it and it was really the highlight of their trip. I did thank them personally but they were terrifically helpful. Lovely house, beautiful setting and loved the pool. I will definitely recommend it onwards...

  • Guest

    An utterly lovely place with an extremely helpful and kind manager. The Perfect Hideway team did everything possible to make the trip easy. The best place and the best team!

  • Guest

    Your staff were great, the horses were lovely. My youngest daughter spent hours running down the river in her costume after them. We saw lovely springbok, gemsbok, had sundowners at the river, skimming rocks on the water; and on the hill while the girls played in the shale. We had a 3 hour walk on the Sunday along the river bed. Lazed for hours on the front verandah, lunched on the back verandah. The house is very special and so cool. So once again thank you.

  • Guest

    I, well we, enjoyed lots and lots and lots! Stunning venue both the location and the place itself. Loved the décor and facilities. Relished in the stars and fire pit, pool and ponies. "

  • Guest

    It was a great stay and we enjoyed it a lot. The place a beautiful with lots of walking to be done. We appreciated the water that was there when we arrived and also the firewood was great. Morne and his team were great. Thanks, we would do it again!

  • Guest

    A wonderful place, comfortable with everything required.

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2019 rates

R6 600 p/n Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and ALL SA and private school holiday dates and public holiday dates
R4 400 p/n Monday to Thursday nights (EXCEPT SA and private school holiday dates and public holiday dates)

All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability / actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.

Accepted credit cards

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Cancellation / Prepayment

The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 35 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.

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