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Tenahead Mountain Lodge

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Spa Facilities

The River Spa at the five-star Tenahead Mountain Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa offers an excellent sanctuary for relaxation and pampering.

The hotel's River Spa offers guests well-deserved peace.  Restoring mind, body and soul, the luxurious River Spa at the Tenahead Mountain Lodge provides a variety of different spa treatments to choose from.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Game viewing

Tenahead, which nestles in the Drakensburg, Wittenberg and Maluti Mountains is considered a protected area for nature conservation and natural wildlife resources.

The Tenahead Mountain Lodge contributes to nature conservation:

  •  restoring the natural environment
  •  re-establishing and protecting the biological diversity
  •  reset the sponge effect for rain capture in this sensitive rain catchment area
  •  maintaining the natural ecological processes of the Maluti and Drakensberg mountains


  •  Scrub Hare / Koolhaas
  •  Smiths Red Rock Rabbit / Smith Se Room Klip has
  •  Porcupine / Ystervark
  •  Common Molerat / Vaalmol
  •  Caracal / Rooikat
  •  Golden Mole / Gouemol
  •  Striped Mouse / Streepmuis
  •  Ice Rat / Ys Rot
  •  Vlei Rat / Vleirot
Fly fishing

The spectacular region around the Tenahead Mountain Lodge & Spa in the Eastern Cape is home to some of the finest yellowfish and trout fishing in South Africa.  Rhodes, Barkly East, Maclear as well as the surrounding areas access over 1000km of fishable water covering more than 12 different rivers.  The trout found here measures between 10 and 14 inches on most stretches, but fish of 6 to 10 pounds have been caught in this area as well.

Several excellent streams below 7000ft above sea level receive an influx of yellow fish during the months October to March.  The trout season starts on the 1 September and closes on the 31 May every year; lakes and dams are however open throughout the winter months for fly fishing.

The Upper Bell, which is as pristine as a trout stream can be, flows through the lower part of the Tenahead Mountain Reserve, curving around the Tenahead Mountain Lodge. Dry fly fishing for rainbow trout when water levels are good to offer an outstanding fly fishing experience here.

Bum boarding

The Tenahead Mountain Reserve is in a region of South Africa where it snows during the winter months.   It is during this time of the year when guests, young and old, can enjoy the thrill of bum boarding through the snow.

Spa treatments

The Spa at the Tenahead Mountain Lodge, which lies in the Drakensburg, Witteberg and Maluti Mountains,  offers a great oasis for relaxation and pampering. 

The hotel's River Spa brings guests well deserved peace and tranquillity.  Dedicated to restore mind, body and soul, the exclusive River Spa at the Tenahead Mountain Lodge offers a variety of different spa treatments for ladies and gentlemen.

Bird watching

Tenahead is home to over 150 different birds species. Many of these bird species only occur in alpine regions above 7000ft sea level.  Avid bird watchers explore this scenic area to view these colourful birds in their pristine alpine environment.

Horseback riding

The magnificent Tenahead Mountain Reserve has horses which are well equipped to carry riders through the reserve.  Handmade Saddles are available for usage and riding helmets are a must. On horseback, the scenic Cave Trail, as well as the Lesotho View Trail, are an easy trek.  The horse trails can take between 1 and 8 hours.

A groom or guide accompanies each group.  The guide has access to a two-way radio, raincoats as well as refreshments.  Picnic lunches and beverages can be arranged on request.

Bushman rock art

At Tenahead, different exhibits of the San art can be found.  Picnics with delicious packed lunches are provided by the Tenahead Mountain Lodge for this exciting experience. The Stone Age inhabitants are referred to as the San people or Bushmen, who lived in this region of Africa many years ago.  About 35 percent of all known San Bushmen rock paintings in South Africa can be found in the Drakensberg.

One of the most treasured San artworks is that of a 35cm lion which is one of the largest Bushmen paintings, but many more astonishing examples of San painting are scattered around the Tenahead Mountain Reserve.  Professionally guided tours are available for guests staying at the Tenahead Mountain Lodge which can be booked well in advance.


The beautiful Tenahead Mountain Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, features many stunning hiking trails ranging for easy walks to challenging mountain hikes.

  •  Easy: Ox wagon trail approximately 2km
  •  Moderate: Cape Griffin Trail approximately 2.5km
  •  Difficult: Greywing Franklin Trail

Mountain biking

The Tenahead Mountain Lodge in the Eastern Cape offers guests mountain bikes during their stay.  From here, it is possible to ride to the Tiffindell Ski Resort which is about 25 kilometers along the Lesotho border, or biking down Naudes Nek to the quaint village of Rhodes.  Pick up locations can be arranged for guests by the Tenahead Lodge. 

Guests are also welcome to bring their personal bikes.  The road which winds through the Tenahead Mountain Reserve is part of the well-known Rhodes Mountain Bike Challenge route.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Social Responsibility
  • Tenahead in the Drakensburg, Wittenberg and Maluti Mountains of South Africa's Eastern Cape is a protected region for nature conservation as well as natural wildlife resources.

    The Tenahead Mountain Lodge makes a contribution to nature conservation in various ways:

    • Restoring the natural environment
    • Re-establishing and protecting the biological diversity
    • Restore the sponge effect for rain capture in this sensitive rain catchment area
    • Maintaining the natural ecological processes of the Maluti and Drakensberg mountains.

Available Rooms

Luxury Room

# Rooms:

The Tenahead Mountain Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa offers beautifully furnished Luxury Rooms which provide comfort and luxury for a pleasant and relaxing stay. Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, the breath-taking Drakensburg, Wittenberg and Maluti Mountains, can be enjoyed from the rooms.

Luxury Room amenities:

  •  Twin or king bedded
  •  Sleeper couch
  •  Fireplace
  •  En-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath
  •  Large double glazed windows grace and cocoon each bedroom
  •  Mini bar
  •  Tea and coffee facilities
  •  Satellite television
  •  Satellite phone

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -30.709472

Longitude: 28.137444


Driving Directions:

From Barkly East (93KM)

Head towards the R396 to Rhodes upon reaching Rhodes and stay straight, follow the signposts to Tenahead Mountain Lodge we are on the left. 33km from Rhodes.

High clearance vehicles can drive up from Rhodes to the lodge, road permitting, during the Summer months.

(Always check before driving up) - Inclement weather is beyond the control of Tenahead Mountain Lodge.
During the Winter Months, we suggest that only 4 x 4s are used, and it is critical to call the lodge when you leave Maclear or Rhodes on the way up as cell phone signal is limited. Inclement weather can cause closure of roads for some days and access to and from the Lodge is prevented. The roads are not owned by Tenahead, and we can therefore not be responsible for road closure as a result of bad weather / heavy snowfalls. It is understood that any expenses about these unscheduled extensions (e.g., accommodation, meals, telephone calls, etc.) will be for the guests account.

Transport from Rhodes to the lodge available at R 4.50 per km. Safe parking available at Rhodes


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Hotel Group(s)

  • River Hotels