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Tankwa River Lodge, is ideal for those that want to get away and have some real down time! The 300-year-old homestead is off-grid but the house has solar lights, romantic candles and paraffin lanterns (which for me is already half way to slowing down). But as soon as you head out to Sutherland, at the turn off at Matjiesfontein, the ancient Karoo landscape works its magic. The road weaves through harsh but beautiful hills, opening up as you cross the boundary into the Northern Cape and head left on 33kms of dirt road, ending at Blaauwheuwel Farm. Open the gate and follow the white stones downhill, past the quiver tree and curious horses, until you reach the historic werf, at the heart of this 2 500 hectare Karoo farm.

A surprisingly lush garden of succulents, pistachio-coloured fever trees and succulents greets you, and if you arrive at dusk, the firepit will be blazing with a welcoming fire in the outdoor firepit, always the gathering point until late into the night, when the brightest stars blaze above in the blackest skies. And when everyone’s ready to turn in, the old farmhouse has plenty of open fireplaces and thick throws to keep toes toasty till morning. But summer evenings are a balmy affair and doors and windows are flung open wide to welcome in the freshest farm air imaginable. Nights are sometimes punctuated with farm sounds of honking geese, pigs settling down and horses clip clopping by.

Tankwa River Lodge is an eclectic mix of many beautiful collectables. The owners have been gathering treasures over time with old cupboards and shelves stacked with vintage kitchenware, kelims and antique rugs covering the stone floor and Nguni hides over the simple screed. Life has stood still here for certain, but not the lifestyle! You’ll find all modern comforts and want for nothing, as it’s a much-loved hideaway.

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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Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (single)
  • 3 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • 4 x Bathrooms
  • 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

Guests

Sleeps 12

Pets

Dogs welcome

Check-in time

2PM

Check-out time

10AM

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Based on 25 reviews

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

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2019-09-17

    Beautiful, comfortable and utterly authentic, Tankwa River Lodge is the perfect getaway from the noise, hustle and bustle of life. The lodge is located deep into the Karoo - one of the most extraordinarily tranquil landscapes South Africa has to offer. We were there in winter and the large fires and boma were perfect for cosy evenings with nothing but the stars and wonderful friends for company. Cecil Sr and Cecil Jr ensure you have everything - from logs, to wonderful game drives, to arranging lovely Judy to come and wash up. If you want and need to relax and reset your soul, this is the ideal spot to do it in.”

  • Guest
    2018-08-10

    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
    2018-07-25

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

  • Guest
    2018-05-17

    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
    2018-05-15

    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
    2018-03-28

    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
    2018-03-12

    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
    2018-01-22

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

  • Guest
    2018-01-22

    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
    2017-09-05

    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
    2017-07-05

    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
    2016-10-18

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

  • Guest
    2016-10-18

    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
    2016-10-18

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

  • Guest
    2016-10-18

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

  • Guest
    2016-10-10

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

  • Guest
    2016-05-06

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

  • Guest
    2016-05-06

    It was a wonderful experience!

  • Guest
    2016-01-20

    Lovely house, enjoyed it!

  • Guest
    2015-10-13

    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
    2015-08-24

    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
    2015-04-20

    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
    2015-04-17

    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
    2015-04-17

    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
    2014-12-09

    A wonderful place, comfortable with everything required.

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Rates

2019

Full rate
R6 600 for maximum 10 guests (weekends, school holidays, public holidays and peak season)
R250 per guest for guests 11 and 12

Discounted rate
R4 400 for maximum 10 guests (week nights, Sunday to Thursday)
R250 per guest for guests 11 and 12

2020

Full rate
R6 950 for maximum 10 guests (weekends, school holidays, public holidays and peak season)
R265 per guest for guests 11 and 12

Discounted rate
R4 650 for maximum 10 guests (week nights, Sunday to Thursday)
R265 per guest for guests 11 and 12

Accepted credit cards

credit cards accepted

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.