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  • Unique high-altitude luxury lodge
  • Rustic stone architecture blends well with the environment
  • Excellet small stream flyfishing in a remote mountainous setting

Tenahead Mountain Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

40km from Rhodes


-30.7095, 28.1365


Located in one of the most remote, mountainous regions in the country, Tenahead Mountain Lodge offers a truly unique experience - a sense of being on top of the world in a setting as secluded and truly wild as one could possibly find.

Perfectly complementing its beautiful mountain surroundings and built seamlessly on the banks of the Upper Bell River, the stone lodge houses seven luxury rooms with stylish furnishings, where the fireplaces are lit throughout the snowy winter and large double-glazed windows provide panoramic views of the rugged landscape. Even this far away from humanity, the rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as DSTV and Wi-Fi. 

The spacious living areas of the lodge includes three elegant lounges, a main dining room and a library housing approximately 2000 books that have been carefully hand selected on subjects regarding the history of South Africa, travel and wildlife. Breakfasts  are enjoyed in the breakfast room or, weather permitting, on the two wooden decks overlooking the river, where on request lunches and sundowners can also be enjoyed in an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The restaurant serves up superb gourmet dinners along with an exemplary selection of South African wines. 

A nature lover’s, hiker’s and 4x4 enthusiast’s Eden, Tenahead is home to many antelope and smaller animals including lynx, jackals, rock rabbits, amphibians, reptiles and over 300 species of birds, while some delightful fly fishing for wild trout can be had in the bubbling river. One of the many marked hiking trails leads up to the Vulture Restaurant, where guests can view the rare Bearded and Cape Vultures feeding from a breath-taking vantage point on the escarpment.

There are 8 mountain bikes available for guests to use at will to ride along the mountain bike route, and it is possible to cycle all the way to the Tiffendell Ski Resort 25 km along the Lesotho border. Alternatively, guests can take a guided horse trail on one of the 7 surefooted Boerperd horses. Tenahead lies in an area of Southern Africa that receives more snow than anywhere else, and during these snowy spells, you can jump on a 'bum-board' and whizz down the slopes. And if the winter bite becomes a bit too fierce, you can cuddle up in front of the fireplace with one of the library’s 2000 books, sip on red wine from the wine cellar, or indulge in relaxing Spa treatments.

Rates & Summary

7 Grand En-Suite Bedrooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/twin beds
Sleeper couch
En-suite Victorian bath and shower
Fireplace lit throughout the snowy winter
Panoramic river & mountain views


  • R 940 pp sharing DB&B
  • R 1 830 single DB&B


Breakfast, high tea & gourmet dinner
Lunches in restaurant at extra cost


Children of all ages are welcome.
Max 1 child sharing with adults.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free
  • 3 – 12yrs: R 470 pp sharing, with meals at a 50% discount
  • 13 – 18yrs: R 520 pp sharing, with meals to be paid in full


Why Stay Here?

Tenahead Lodge, encircled by a crystal clear trout-rich stream, is the highest altitude upmarket lodge in South Africa and is located on 3 500 hectares of unspoilt mountain terrain that is blanketed with snow during winter and colourful wild flowers in summer. The lodge was hand built by stone masons with rocks collected in the area, and the natural, rustic look blends into the environment, hiding a supremely luxurious, warm interior.


  • Unique high-altitude luxury lodge
  • Rustic stone architecture blends well with the environment
  • Excellet small stream flyfishing in a remote mountainous setting

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, warm clothes, fly fishing gear, mountain bike, hiking gear, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

A high clearance vehicle (but not necessarily a 4x4) is recommended for all the roads in this region. Brave souls in regular sedans do traverse the roads, but conditions such as recent rain can make them unpleasant.

Activities & Attractions

  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Fly fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking (bikes available)
  • Guided horse trails
  • Escarpment vulture hide
  • Birding
  • Game viewing
  • Wild flowers
  • 4x4 trails
  • San rock art
  • Snow boarding during winter


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Friendly N6

Eastern Cape


The Friendly N6 route runs between Bloemfontein and East London, connecting the provinces of the Free State and the Eastern Cape. Aliwal North is at the border of the 2 provinces.

South Africa is famous for horizons that stretch for kilometres, so wide open spaces and endless skies are a traveller’s constant companions on the N6. The route takes one through about 600km of peaceful, diverse and beautiful land, giving one a sense of just how vast the country really is.

The N6’s attractions include everything from sea to snow, interspersed with charming towns. These are only slightly off the beaten highway, and are intriguing and pleasant places to explore. In the Free State, Bethulie and Zastron are within easy travelling distance of the N6, while Reddersburg, Smithfield and Rouxville are main stops along the route.

In the Eastern Cape the towns of Dordrecht, Molteno, Elliot, Rhodes, Burgersdorp, Barkly East and Lady Grey are all worthwhile diversions for curious travellers with time on their hands. For those sticking to the highway, Aliwal North, Jamestown, Queenstown, Cathcart and Stutterheim are along the route. These provide a sufficient diversity of interests and activities for guests. The highway is also relatively close to the Gariep Dam, Oviston and Hogsback Nature Reserves.

Sprawling sheep farms are probably the most obvious and frequent feature of the landscape, but the area is rich in cultural significance and interest. 

Apart from San (or Bushman) history and rock art, there are also interesting museums and art galleries, and fine local arts and crafts. The route’s proximity to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho means that Basotho culture is an important and unique influence on the culture of the area. Xhosa culture is proudly and strongly entrenched in the Eastern Cape.

The hills and towns of this area were witness to the Great Trek. This was the migration of the ‘Trekboers’ from the Eastern Cape across the Gariep River, (previously the Orange River) further into the central interior. It is often mentioned as an example of Afrikaner rebellion, perseverance and endurance. 

This same Afrikaner resilience cost Britain an unanticipated £190 million in the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War, which is commemorated at many sites and towns along the N6 route. 

Travelling south to East London from Aliwal North, tourists are afforded a majestic view of the Maluti mountains of Lesotho, as well as a sample of the Great Karoo in Stutterheim and Queenstown. East London itself is a lovely city which really lives up to the ‘friendly’ N6 brand. It has some interesting tangible links to prehistory: the East London Museum displays the last remaining dodo egg, as well as the body of a coelacanth, one of the oldest species on the planet. This fish was thought to be extinct until one was found alive on a fishing boat in the East London harbour in 1938.

Look out for

Relax and rejuvenate in Aliwal North’s hot springs and appreciate its beautiful old buildings. 

The Kologha Forest and the Kubisi Indigenous State Forests are less than 10km from Stutterheim. Large swathes of ancient indigenous forest are home to yellowwoods, ironwoods, white stinkwoods, Cape holly and Cape chestnuts with montane grassland cresting the slopes. Six well-marked forest trails, from 3-17km long, start and end at the Kologha Picnic site. They lead to waterfalls and good trout fishing and birdwatching spots. Rare birds found here include the endangered Cape parrot, grey-crowned crane and white-starred robin.  Mountain bik­ing and horse rid­ing are allowed on certain trails. Maps are avail­able at the forest kiosk. 

The Thomas River Historical Village is in the Amathole mountain region on the 31 000ha Thomas River Conservancy between Stutterheim and Cathcart on the N6 highway.  The area was named after Thomas Bentley, a deserter from the Van Der Kemps Missionary who was shot dead with an arrow while crossing the river. The conservancy offers a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, hiking, rock art talks and trails, fishing, birding, and paintball. The village dates back to the 1870s, has a popular restaurant and houses museums themed on wagons, rock art, pubs and vintage motor cars.

Mgwali Cultural Village near Stutterheim showcases Xhosa culture, with crafts and traditional food on sale. 

Tiffindell Ski and Alpine Resortnear the picturesque village of Rhodes is South Africa’s only ski resort. It offers snow adventures on the slopes of Ben McDhui, the tallest mountain in the Eastern Cape. 

Lady Grey and Cathcart are quaint, peaceful towns to visit. There is a Cape vulture sanctuary 12km from Lady Grey at the Karringmelkspruit gorge. Cathcart is known for its wildflowers, San rock art, excellent hang-gliding launch sites, fishing, birdwatching and adventure activities. 

Malaria-free game viewing is possible at the Lawrence De Lange Nature and the Longhill Nature Reserve near Queenstown, as well as at Tsolwana Game Reserve near Tarkastad. Big 5 game viewing is possible at the Mpongo and Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserves, both within 35km of East London. 

At the N6 route’s end, East London, visit the Python Park and Lion Park, the Queen’s Park Zoo, the East London museum and the aquarium. Enjoy the shopping, restaurants and, of course, surf the waves. The Calgary Transport Museum (5km north of East London on the N6) has a quaint collection of carts, wagons and buggies. It is open daily from 09h00 to 16h30.

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