Guests per Safari Vehicle
Boasting spectacular views of the canyon, our luxurious Tigress Julie Lodge, in Tiger Canyon Game Reserve, immerses guests in the tranquillity of the Karoo. A reflection of our partnership with nature, our lodge is solar-powered and environmentally friendly. Tiger Canyon boasts three opulent luxury suites overlooking a breath-taking canyon. The lodge can cater to groups of up to six guests meaning you have exclusive use of the entire lodge at your party’s enjoyment.
The Tigress Ussuri Suite features a balcony with a beautiful view of the canyon. Sink into the daybed located on the balcony and enjoy the late afternoon sun. Have a restful night’s sleep on a king-size bed or select twin beds. Refresh yourself with a luxurious bath or shower under the stars in the outdoor shower. Relax in front of the fireplace in your suite, enjoying a nightcap. The Tigress Ussuri suite is located adjacent to the dining room and lounge, providing ease of access. This suite has a day bed in that can double up as a single bed and is the only room that could be configured to sleep 3.
The Tigress TiBo Suite features a wrap-around balcony with a breath-taking view into the canyon. This suite soaks up the rays all day long. Sink into the daybed located on the balcony and enjoy the late afternoon sun. Have a restful night’s sleep on a king-size bed or select twin beds. Refresh yourself with a luxurious bath or sumptuous shower. Relax in front of the fireplace in your suite, enjoying a nightcap. The Tigress TiBo Suite is located adjacent to the dining room and lounge, providing ease of access.
The Tigress Zaria Suite features a unique balcony and features the best view into the canyon. Sink into the swing chair on the balcony and enjoy the late afternoon sun. Have a restful night’s sleep on a king-size bed or select twin beds. Refresh yourself with a luxurious bath or shower under the stars in the outdoor shower. Relax in front of the fireplace in your suite, enjoying a nightcap. The Tigress Zaria suite is located away from the dining area and living room, providing a more intimate room and romantic escape experience at Tiger Canyon.
With superb Karoo cuisine, spectacular views and distinctly different game drives the Tigress Julie Lodge is a relaxing retreat after your day of exploration. Amazing chefs cater to the occasion. They prepare deliciously plated meals for dinner and relaxed family-style spreads at lunch. Even on game drives our delectable treats are on offer; lovingly prepared from scratch in the kitchen. The menu and selection of food were created in a Karoo-style, to incorporate the ingredients sourced locally. Guests are invited to tantalise their taste buds with a unique taste of South Africa.
Other lodge features include a curio shop, a fire pit, a rock pool and an outdoor lapa.
A visit to the Karoo normally results in a conversation about the big blue sky and the clarity of the stars at night. With no night light pollution, the Karoo offers an exquisite view into the starry cosmos. Get lost watching the stars shoot across the sky.
For clients who are Big Cat lovers and want to see the only wild white tigers in the world, or keen to try a night drive using thermal imaging technology to discover the Karoo’s nocturnal wildlife (such as the aardvark, aardwolf and serval), or just looking for a unique African adventure, then Tiger Canyon won’t disappoint.
The solar-powered lodge on the canyon, the vehicles, the vistas, the surreal spirituality, the stargazing, the guides, the safari night drives, the golden hour for photography, the personal touch – all go together to make Tiger Canyon distinctly different… definitely not your average safari experience!
The Tiger Canyon Private Game Reserve sits on 6,100 hectares of prime Karoo landscape near the district of Philippolis in the Free State of South Africa. This ancient, majestic land is full of hidden wonders. In this picturesque wilderness, the critically endangered tiger roams wild and free, flourishing alongside indigenous African wildlife. Through ecotourism, tiger canyon supports a thriving population of wild tigers as part of the global effort to save the species.
The spectacular Karoo landscape offers our tigers a variety of wildlife on which to prey, as well as a vast space to establish their own territories, without human interference. They live normal lives. They hunt, mate, fight. They have family groups and can often showcase mother and cub interactions or four to six tigers in one frame. We can go off-road to track tigers on the move and observe their behaviour.
Tiger Canyon’s original tigers arrived in South Africa in the year 2000. Nearly 20 years later, they have third and fourth-generation, wild-born, wild raised tigers proving that captive-born tigers can be re-wilded and that they can adapt to African conditions. There are three climatic territories where tigers used to occur naturally; the tundra of Siberia, tropical forests and mangrove swamps, and open grasslands. The Karoo resembles some of these climatic regions, which has aided the adaptation process.
Tiger Canyon is the only expanding population of wild tigers outside of Asia, with the only wild white tigers on Planet Earth.
Once you have visited Tiger Canyon, you’ll know why its offering is Special & Unique. Besides the obvious tiger which sets this experience apart, there are antelope that are typically not seen in other game reserves of South Africa. It is also the only lodge in the Free State with free-roaming cheetahs.
1 Tigress Ussuri Suite
1 Tigress TiBo Suite
1 Tigress Zaria Suite
Bram Fischer International Airport (Bloemfontein)
2.5 hours from Bram Fischer International Airport (Bloemfontein)
30 minutes from Philippolis
6.5 hours from Johannesburg
Tigress Julie Lodge, Philippolis, South Africa