Phinda Private Game Reserve
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game viewing experiences, including cheetah, Phinda features Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhino and 415 bird species. The Game Reserve is home to six magnificent lodges, each with its own individual charm and character: Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge, Forest Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Zuka Lodge and Phinda Homestead.
Phinda is described as the 'Seven Worlds of Wonder', a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. Phinda is a wilderness sanctuary where intimate encounters and rare discoveries can be experienced firsthand. With unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs nearby, and an abundance of wildlife, Phinda offers the perfect bush and beach adventure.
Phinda Private Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal Kwazulu Natal Phinda is set in the warm climes near the Indian Ocean coast, just three hours' drive from Durban. With seven distinct ecosystems, it includes woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives where limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of Big Five wildlife, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, an infrared Night Eye Experience, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities such as scuba diving and turtle hatching (seasonal and with a minumim 4 night stay required for the ocean activities).
Phinda is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, but is best known for its large population of cheetah and black rhino. The sand forest is home to the shy suni and the rare red duiker, two tiny antelope that are seldom encountered elsewhere.
Highly knowledgeable &Beyond-trained guides with the ability to do night drives, and other specialist safaris such as walking, tracking, photography or birding. Safaris can be tailor-made for private groups, families or specialist interests.
Phinda Mountain Lodge Perched on a hilltop, with wraparound views of the lush Lebombo foothills, Phinda Mountain Lodge is the ultimate family safari destination in Phinda Private Game Reserve. Phinda Mountain Lodge features three room types, with 16 suites, six cottages (that can be turned into three adjoining family cottages), and one family suite. Natural light streams through the expansive glass windows of the suites and cottages, while private decks provide breathtaking views of natural beauty. Each accommodation option features an outdoor shower, well-stocked personal bars and private plunge pools.
Phinda Forest Lodge Nestled inside 1 000 hectares (2471 acres) of Africa's last remaining dry sand forest lies Phinda Forest Lodge, one of the world's first eco-designed luxury safari lodges. Set in a rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge's 16 air-conditioned suites offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. A dense canopy provides privacy, and floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in, with the wonderful opportunity to view wildlife roaming outside your glass "bubble", fluttering birds nesting in the foliage and the gentle rustle of forest sounds.
Phinda Zuka Lodge Set amongst the densely wooded Zuka Hills of Phinda Private Game Reserve, studded with aloes and overlooking a small private waterhole, lies Phinda Zuka Lodge. Just four individual thatched Zululand bush suites, make up this intimate lodge that can be reserved as a sole-use villa for private gatherings, or on an individual room booking. Phinda Zuka's overall ambiance is that of cool, coastal bush-style; embodying the sophistication of simplicity. The charming suites cluster around a popular waterhole where a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen and birdlife flourishes. Each suite boasts a luxurious ensuite bathroom, complete with a circular bath chamber, double showers and twin hand basins. Comfortable lounge chairs, on private verandas, allow for gentle contemplation or an afternoon siesta. Guest areas include an interactive café-style kitchen, indoor sitting and dining areas, an intimate library and a swimming pool with an extended wooden deck overlooking the surrounding wilderness.
Phinda Vlei Lodge Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate and romantic safari lodge, overlooking a unique vlei (wetland system) on the edge of Phinda Private Game Reserve's rare sand forest. Phinda Vlei Lodge's unique location offers ever-changing game viewing from the comfort of your suite. Set on the edge of a sand forest, and overlooking a vast grassy meadow, each of the six thatched suites ensure exclusivity and incredible wildlife sightings. The air-conditioned suites each feature a beautiful, plantation-style bedroom, with a luxuriously spacious ensuite bathroom and dressing room that effortlessly blends a sense of old-world luxury with quirky, contemporary features. The suite's interiors showcase a mix of curated antiques and collectables combined with bold fabrics. Take advantage of a private lap pool and game viewing deck that overlooks lush plains and observe antelope and other curious wildlife grazing nearby, as well as a variety of birdlife.
Phinda Rock Lodge Dramatically set into a cliff face, overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, Phinda Rock Lodge's six intimate suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breathtaking views of Phinda Private Game Reserve. Each romantic suite, constructed from contoured stone, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, which open onto a private rim-flow plunge pool and viewing deck. Featuring spacious ensuite bathrooms, the suites also offer outdoor showers. The lodge's guest areas offer the perfect vantage point for viewing the reserve's abundant birdlife and the wildlife roaming in the bush below. French doors open onto an extended outdoor veranda, the perfect setting for al fresco meals, while a rooftop terrace provides a romantic venue for dining beneath the stars.
Phinda Homestead Tucked into the edge of a dappled forest in the north of Phinda Private Game Reserve, lies Phinda Homestead, a gracious sole-use safari villa, complete with a dedicated ranger, tracker, butler and chef. Blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings, and designed like a contemporary bush farmhouse, Phinda Homestead is an elegant and homely sole-use villa, ideal for both families and small groups. Four private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms fuse harmoniously with the cool, expansive, and inviting guest spaces. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge's private chef into the centre of the guest experience. Game drive times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests' preference to create a fully personalised safari.
• All meals • Selected drinks including soft drinks, house wines, selected brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees and refreshments on game drives • Scheduled safari activities • One hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability) • Laundry • A complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars per room for use during your stay
Pricing (per person, per night) $NZD
Booking conditions • Prices do not include transportation to/from your lodge, as there are various options to consider, depending upon your entire African itinerary. • Prices are based on the lowest season subject to seasonal surcharges. National Park entry fees and landing fees (if applicable) are additional. • Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms per booking at Phinda Rock Lodge, Phinda Vlei Lodge and Phinda Zuka Lodge throughout the year. For Phinda Mountain Lodge and Phinda Forest Lodge between 11 Jan - 30 Apr and 1 Nov - 20 Dec, a single supplement of 50% is only charged from the third single room per booking. From 01 May - 31 Oct and 21 - 31 Dec a single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant. • Please contact World Journeys with your intended dates of travel. Special offers are regularly available including extra nights or long stay discounts, therefore we advise you to check with us for a current quotation.
• Prices do not include transportation to/from your lodge, as there are various options to consider, depending upon your entire African itinerary.
• Prices are based on the lowest season subject to seasonal surcharges. National Park entry fees and landing fees (if applicable) are additional.
• Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms per booking at Phinda Rock Lodge, Phinda Vlei Lodge and Phinda Zuka Lodge throughout the year. For Phinda Mountain Lodge and Phinda Forest Lodge between 11 Jan - 30 Apr and 1 Nov - 20 Dec, a single supplement of 50% is only charged from the third single room per booking. From 01 May - 31 Oct and 21 - 31 Dec a single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
• Please contact World Journeys with your intended dates of travel. Special offers are regularly available including extra nights or long stay discounts, therefore we advise you to check with us for a current quotation.
As for Phinda, wow!
I am very pleased that I left the Phinda side trip to last. As for Phinda itself, wow, you were correct in what you said. I am really pleased I was at Forest Lodge and if money was no object I would definitely return. I had a great ranger/driver for the duration and although there are no guarantees for animal sightings the region did not disappoint. He even said that I had quite an exceptional time of viewings - maybe they say that to all but I think he was genuine. Easier to say what I didn't see - sadly no Black Rhino and only a Leopard Cub in the darkness of the night, so although they thought that was special (and it was) I would have loved to have seen an adult Leopard. There are no African Wild Dogs on Phinda specifically, although they can be seen from time to time if they breach the fence but I didn't see any this trip, not even in Kruger. Apart from the 'luxury' of Phinda - as in the wonderful accommodation, food and service - Phinda delivered a more "authentic African wildlife experience" for me and that is what I was really hoping for. It was really quite perfect in that regard, so from my perspective you could book it for clients with confidence.