The Experience

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Cradled between the Ubombo Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Phinda is situated in one of Africa’s most spectacularly diverse regions, boasting seven ecosystems and an extraordinary range of wildlife: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo (the “Big Five”) , hippo, crocodile, flamingo, pelican… whilst the nearby beaches are the breeding grounds of giant leather back and rare loggerhead turtles.Phinda’s four lodges are situated in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands – a World Heritage Site. Phinda Forest Lodge’s 16 raised glass-encased chalets have a bedroom, lounge and spacious en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Outside, wooden decks have been erected around the growing trees. Constructed to minimise impact on the unique Sand Forest, the air-conditioned rooms are raised off the ground to allow smaller animals complete freedom of movement along the forest floor below. Phinda Mountain Lodge has 20 air-conditioned chalets with private decks and en suite bathrooms with bath and shower. Paved pathways lead down the mountainside from the main lodge to the chalets.  Phinda Rock Lodge features six suites, each with a large bedroom and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower. Each suite, suspended from the edge of the rocky cliff, has its own private lounge, deck and plunge pool, all offering unrivalled views. Three suites have both indoor and outdoor showers.  Overlooking scenic Leopard Rock, the lodge’s rough-hewn sandstone and adobe walls and ochre-packed roofs cling to the rock face.  Phinda Vlei Lodge features six suites, crafted from local materials of thatch, teak and glass, are suspended above the Sand Forest floor. The air-conditioned suites overlook a natural vlei system. The airy double bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with a bath and shower. You can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner on your outdoor viewing deck or cool down in your private plunge pool.  Each of the four lodges has an indoor and outdoor guest dining area.

Phinda offers an array of activities.  Twice a day, you may take a game drive in an open Land Rover.  Guided bush walks allow for closer exploration of the shadowy forest canopies.  Other activities include moonlit bush dinners, a visit to local community school and clinic, Zulu cultural lectures, private bush breakfasts, bird-watching and birding safaris, canoeing and river boat cruises and White rhino tracking.

Terms & Conditions

A conservation fee of ZAR 90 per person per stay for all guests will be implemented effective from 1 September 2013.   This fee will be added to the reservation costs for guests at all six of the safari lodges and camps at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

An abundance of wildlife is sheltered at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, including the “big five” of lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino and buffalo. Guests at any of the six luxury lodges will enjoy expert-led interpretive game drives, bush walks and boat cruises. Many exhilarating adventures and Specialist Safaris can also be arranged and include activities such as rhino tracking. Phinda’s commitment to sustainable, responsible travel and community empowerment is world-renowned and the Reserve is deeply committed to andBeyond’s core ethic of “Care of the Land. Care of the Wildlife. Care of the People.”

Planning a family safari? Zuka Lodge and The Homestead are perfect for families and social gatherings.Distance from Richards Bay Airport (RCB): 90 minutes Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade when staying at Mountain or Forest
    • subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Private Dinner & venue for 2, once during the stay
  • A set consisting of a Private Travel Journal, shoulder bag
    • 2 leather luggage tags and a voucher wallet per couple
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
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