Phinda Private Game Reserve

Covering over 25,000 hectares of protected wilderness, the vast Phinda Private Game Reserve is Kwazulu Natal’s most exclusive safari destination. Phinda is home to six luxury lodges, each with its own individual charm and character: Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge, Forest Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Zuka Lodge and Phinda Homestead.

Cradled in the arms of the Ubombo Mountains and flanked to the east by the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean, Phinda Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most diverse wilderness areas including rare dry sand forests and unique waterways. It boasts seven ecosystems and an extraordinary range of wildlife including  415 species of birds. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

There is a choice of six fabulous lodges, ranging from the larger lodges like Phinda Mountain Lodge (25 rooms) and Phinda Forest Lodge (16 rooms) to the smaller Phinda Vlei and Phinda Rock lodges each with six rooms. For those looking for total exclusivity, Phinda Homestead and Phinda Zuka are perfect for small groups of family and friends, featuring just four rooms and booked on a private basis. Each lodge is unique with its own appeal and setting: some are perched high on a hillside with spectacular views and others are settled softly in forests or on the valley floor.  Interiors are supremely comfortable, many rooms with their own private plunge pool. Phinda Mountain Lodge is the best fit for those with small children with a number of family and interconnecting units, and for couples either Vlei or Rock Lodge are supremely intimate and romantic.

Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained &Beyond rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach, from bush walks and pangolin tagging to ocean adventures.  Phinda Private Game Reserve is accessed in less than four hours by car from Durban or by scheduled charter flight from Johannesburg.