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Tenahead Lodge & Spa is situated very remotely, near the little town of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape. Nestled along the border of Lesotho, this 5-star country house is situated 2500m above sea level, earning it the title of “Highest Mountain Lodge in South Africa”. While the road to Tenahead is long and a little bumpy, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the magnificent mountainous landscape. While you will not need a 4x4 to reach Tenahead, a high clearance vehicle is strongly advised. When you reach Tenahead, you will be transported to another world. This exclusive lodge is best described by their slogan – a heavenly place between sky and earth!  

Tenahead was built from layered stone found in the area. This architectural aspect allows for harmony with the rocky surroundings. The lodge is surrounded by endless mountains. The views are spectacular! In Summer, wildflowers grow naturally in the rugged terrain, and birding is a major attraction. You’ll be sure to meet their little “mascot”, the Drakensberg Rockjumper. Explore the great outdoors on one of their hiking trails. When they’ve had rain, the waterfalls are a beautiful sight. In Winter, the occasional snowfall turns Tenahead into a Winter Wonderland.  

Accommodation at Tenahead Mountain Lodge
The 7 en-suite bedrooms provide the ultimate in comfort. A cosy fireplace will keep you warm, while the view from the large bedroom window will leave you feeling like you are one with the mountains. You’ll even be spoilt to these views from the bathroom. Expect a gourmet 5-course plated meal at dinner, and a mini buffet breakfast in the morning. Lunch is served from an a la carte menu. Add to your plush mountain experience and visit the on-site spa.

Day visitors are also very welcome at Tenahead Lodge & Spa! 

Facilities and Services
- Conference Facilities available
- Internet access
- A la Carte Restaurant on site
- Lounge Bar on site
- Room service
- Secure Parking on site
- Transfer available
- Set within Alpine Nature Reserve

Tenahead Mountain Lodge is 33km`s from its nearest town, Rhodes. A high clearance or 4x4 vehicle is required to get to the lodge. Alternatively, transfers from Rhodes to Tenahead and back.

Fuel Remains a problem in Rhodes, so kindly fill up before Rhodes.



- 4 x 4 Excursions
- Photography
- Botany
- Birding
- Sundowners at the Top of the World
- Hiking trails
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Fly Fishing
- Vulture feeding
- Picnics
- Star Gazing

Clothing and Accessories:

During summer months: short pants and shirts, comfortable hiking shoes and sandals for daywear and for evenings, long pants with a warm jacket or polar fleece top.

Autumn and spring can be chilly with bitterly cold spells a possibility. Winters are bitterly cold Windless days in winter are awesome. Guests will need to bring thermal underwear, warm clothes and thick jackets.

If guests anticipate that they may require medication or supplies of any kind please advise management in advance or supply your own.

Rooms and Units Available:

Luxury Rooms
Amount of similar units: 7
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding

Cancellation Policy:

If a guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, he/she must do so as soon as reasonably possible.  A “no show” will result in a 100% cancellation fee.

No verbal cancellations will be accepted.  All cancellations must be done in writing and no exceptions in this regard will be allowed.
A cancellation fee of 100% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation less than 48 hours prior to arrival.
A cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation 14 days prior to arrival.
A cancellation fee of 30% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation 30 days prior to arrival.
The above cancellation penalties will also apply should there be a reduction in room numbers.


Proceed to Barkly East.
Once in Barkly East the gravel road to Rhodes is well marked and winds through the mountains for 60km.
Free transport from Rhodes to the lodge is available - with safe parking.
High clearance cars can drive up from Rhodes to the lodge, road permitting.

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  • Accommodation Type: Hotel
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  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM