&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve nestles in the lush KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. The most popular lodges on the reserve Forest Lodge, Mountain Lodge and Vlei Lodge. Phinda is in the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, which is a World Heritage Site, the Game Reserve comprises 14 000 hectares of prime conservation land. The safari lodges at Phinda offer sophistication and style in the African bush.

  • Forest LodgeThere are 17 deluxe suites on pillars and appears to hover over the forest floor and into the treetop canopy. These private suites have been built in a special way to ensure complete solitude. The bathrooms at the forest lodge feature his and her basins, deep bath, separate shower and separate toilet for privacy. The suites offer a mini-bar bar on their private terrace amongst trees. They are built to be a glass tree houses that sit in the tree canopy amongst the birds.
  • Mountain Lodgethe lodge features 25 suites which are large are climate controlled each suite has an amazing en-suite bathroom comprising large bathtub, separate enclosed shower, and a private toilet with his and hers basins. All suites offer a sitting area, minibar and private terrace complete with small secluded pool and idyllic outdoor shower. The suites at mountain lodge include three suites with a fold-out bed in each to provide a triple room. A family suite with four bedrooms and a shared sitting area is also available for guests.
  • Vlei Lodge has six raised glass and thatch suites on the edge and wetland with views onto veld with zebra and impala normally grazing in front of the lodge. The lodge has access to the pool to cool off in with a cold beverage. Each suite at the lodge provides an en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and separate bathroom. A personal bar and private plunge pools are also available in the suites of the lodge.
  • Rock Lodge, Six exceptional suites which are on the side of a cliff overlooking the African bush. Each suite at the lodge features a large bedroom with a bath, shower, twin hand basins and separate w.c. The suites afford separate sitting area, private bar, small pool and platform from where majestic views of the dramatic Phinda Leopard Rock and the valley below can be admired.
  • Zuka Lodge, the beautiful private-use villa for groups of up to eight guests. The lodge has four thatched Zululand country cottages which are located 12 metres apart from each other with porches overlooking a bustling Phinda waterhole. Sitting areas at the suites offer spacious built-in double as beds for parents with children five years and younger. The large air-conditioned bedrooms at the lodge provide fans and ensuite bathrooms, with a circular stone bath chamber, shower, separate w.c and twin hand basins.
  • Phinda Homestead, the villa is an exclusive, sole-use villa which is ideal for families and small groups. The four spacious suites at the homestead host eight guests and feature unique sliding panel windows framing the beautiful views, and infused with a modern Zulu theme. Ensuite bathrooms with separate w.c., twin hand basins, baths, indoor and outdoor showers are available in this luxurious villa.

Phinda Guests have the opportunity to enjoy exciting safari drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as exciting optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach.

  • Twice daily safari drives on Phinda
  • Interpretive bush hikes
  • Mzinene River canoeing
  • Beach adventure and scuba safaris
  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Whale watching in the bay
  • Indian ocean scuba safaris
  • Tracking Safari
  • Birding
  • Private family safari
  • andBeyond Walking safari
  • Black rhino tracking adventure
  • Horse riding along the shore of False Bay
  • Turtle nesting adventure
  • Zulu village tour
  • Endangered wild cats project

The area has seven distinct natural environments being on the coastal plain with an excess of amazing and unique fauna and flora including Africa's traditional safari animals such as Lion, Leopard, elephant, Black & White Rhino and Cape Buffalo and over 385 bird species while the marine variety of the nearby seashore is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef.

The reserve is unique as in the same day you can see Sea Turtles nesting and Lion kill on the same day there are very few places in the world where this is possible. The reserve has pioneered research into cheetah guest stand a good chance and seeing wild cheetah. The lodges are managed by andBeyond who provide excellent levels of service while giving back to nature.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Honeymoon Special

Phinda Private Game Reserve is the perfect honeymoon destination, with luxury, romance and great game viewing all being the order of the day. Phinda has 4 luxurious lodges to choose from, and when staying 2 nights or more, the groom pays full rate, and the bride only pays 50% of the accommodation rate for the whole stay.

Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for a stay of 2 nights or longer
  • Only valid for honeymooners, marriage certificate may be requested (valid for travel 6 months from marriage date)
  • Excludes family suites, family cottages and villas
  • Bride's discount already included in the quote
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Rack Rate

The private Phinda Private Game Reserve nestles in the lush KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. The most popular lodges on the reserve Forest Lodge, Mountain Lodge and Vlei Lodge. Phinda is in the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, which is a World Heritage Site, the Game Reserve comprises 14 000 hectares of prime conservation land.

Seven distinct habitats are home to an abundance of amazing and unique wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species while the marine diversity of the nearby coast is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Administration fee, telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
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Travel with purpose in South Africa

Embark on an unforgettable 11-day philanthropic adventure through magnificent South Africa.

Your journey begins in &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, where you will have the captivating opportunity of tracking iconic wildlife, and the opportunity to engage with the locals on community excursions. This fascinating landscape is inhabited by an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, including the elusive cheetah and scarce black rhino. Interact with the wonderfully diverse communities of KwaZulu-Natal that fringe the reserve and admire the significant value that they bring to caring for the land. Gain first-hand knowledge of various projects, aimed at improving education, healthcare and access to water. At an additional rate, participate in a rhino notching experience and play an active role in rhino conservation.

The next leg of your journey takes you to Cape Town, which boasts more than its fair share of magnificent natural beauty, cultural marvels and historical sites. Quintessentially modern and cosmopolitan, it is home to gourmet restaurants, trendy nightlife and a thriving café culture, combined with natural wonders ranging from miles of beautiful beaches to the renowned Cape Winelands and iconic Table Mountain. Here you can interact with the locals on an authentic day tour, angled at any particular philanthropic interests.

Your journey culminates on the whale coast, passing through the gorgeous town of Hermanus, flanked by majestic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. This charming town offers unparalleled views of breaching whales and tranquil adventures including hiking. Meet future conservation leaders positively contributing to the region’s unique biodiversity at the Green Futures College on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Delve into the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and splurge on a whale watching trip (seasonal), where conservationists will have a chance to showcase their marine conservation initiatives along South Africa’s magnificent coastline.

3 nights &Beyond Phinda Game Reserve | 4 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Cape Whale Coast

11 Days | From ZAR 92 445 per person

Please keep in mind that this tour can be tailormade by speaking to one of our Travel Specialists.

11 Jan – 30 Apr 2019: ZAR 101 500 per person
1 May – 15 July 2019: ZAR 92 445 per person
16 Jul – 31 Oct 2019: ZAR 102 025 per person
1 Nov – 15 Dec 2019: ZAR 103 450 per person

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, drinks and laundry as per the inclusions
  • Scheduled flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled sightseeing and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Scheduled game viewing activities as specified in the itinerary
  • National parks, concession and landing fees where applicable:
  • Munyawana Conservancy Fee, arrival by car & air – per person conservation fee
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Domestic/international departure tax, fuel and safety levies from airports and airstrips unless otherwise stipulated
  • Personal Travel Wallet (1 per couple)
  • Rhinos without Borders Donation

Excluded from the rate:

  • Meals, drinks and laundry not specified in the itinerary or as outlined in the Includes
  • Premium brand drinks, champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Gratuities and any items of a personal nature
  • Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary
  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Rhino Conservation Activity: ZAR 33,695.00 per person (including private vehicle)
  • Flights and transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • National parks and concession fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required)
  • Bed levies at South African hotels and lodges

Terms and Conditions:

  • Listed rates are not valid for the following periods in Cape Town when supplements will apply: 1 – 7 Feb and 18 – 23 Apr 2019
  • Africa Foundation Community Trip: not on school or public holidays, and only possible on weekdays
  • The following activities are seasonal:
  • Eco Martine Trip (morning activity) January to May
  • Whale Watching Trip (morning activity) June to December
  • The Fly Me to Phinda Flight Rebate offer has been applied to this itinerary
  • Cape Grace’s “Four Nights for Less” Offer might be applicable during the time of your stay, but has not been applied to this itinerary , as its validity is regularly reviewed and block-out dates adjusted from time to time; if applicable at the time of your booking, the rate will be adjusted accordingly
  • Rates are subject to a minimum of 2 guests traveling
  • The operator may reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability
  • Validity periods are as specified above – should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • Rates exclude gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • Note: The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway closes for a short period in July or August for annual maintenance
  • Flight quotes are subject to change, and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • Single traveller supplement and child rates will be quoted on request
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, ROE, fuel, sales and airport tax or VAT, third-party services, currency fluctuations or any other circumstances beyond our control
  • andBeyond Trading Terms apply
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Fly me to Phinda (R2,500.00 per person per way flight rebate)

Stay 3 nights or more at your choice of &Beyond Phinda’s Zuka, Mountain, Forest, Rock or Vlei lodge within the reserve and we’ll credit you R2 500 per flight leg towards any Airlink flight,(Johannesburg, Cape Town, Vilancuos, Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park) to and from the reserve.

The R2500 rebate per person per way is only applicable on SA Airlink flights which route through Skukuza or Nelspruit to Phinda

Alternatively we will include return scheduled road transfers between Durban and Phinda (Phinda - Durban: 09h00 / Durban - Phinda: 11h30).

Forest / Mountain / Zuka Lodge R8,565.00 per person sharing per night (2018)

Vlei / Rock Lodge R9,845.00 per person sharing per night (2018)

Includes credit of R2 500 per person per way towards any Airlink flight,(Johannesburg, Cape Town, Vilancuos, Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park) to and from the reserve. Alternatively we will include return scheduled road transfers between Durban and Phinda (Phinda - Durban: 09h00 / Durban - Phinda: 11h30).

Offer only valid for full-paying adult guests.

Packages excl fuel surcharge and airport taxes.                            

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
  • Stay for 3 nights at Phinda Mountain, Rock, Zuka, Forest or Vlei and we’ll offer a discount to fly you there & back on Airlink flights OR return scheduled transfers between Durban and Phinda - We will credit you R2 500 per flight leg towards any Airlink flight to or from Phinda or we will include return scheduled road transfers between Durban and Phinda(Phinda – Durban: 09h00 /Durban – Phinda: 11h30) - Airlink flights need to be booked through &Beyond (flight subject to availability)

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Packages excl fuel surcharge and airport taxes.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for a stay of 3 nights or longer at Forest or Mountain Lodge or Zula Lodge Rock and Vlei
  • This offer is subject to flight availability and flight schedules.
  • Offer only valid for full-paying adult guests  May not be combined with other offers
  • &Beyond may need to pass on cancellation/amendment costs once bookings including the flight offer have been confirmed
  • Airlink flights need to be booked through &Beyond (flight subject to availability)
  • Offer does not apply to groups of 12 or more guests
  • Minimum of 2 guests
  • Offer is not applicable to Cottages, Family Cottages and Family Suites. -
  • Packages excl fuel surcharge and airport taxes.  
  • You can also connect Phinda to Ngala, Cape Town, Livingstone and Vilanculos at a supplement.
  • Infant rates are on request. Children older than 24 months pay full adult rate.
  • When the Fly Me to Phinda offer is used, a credit of R2500 per sector will be applied to the booking for all connection possibilities. Offer only valid for full-paying guests and need to be booked through &Beyond (flight subject to availability) Terms & Conditions apply.
  • The approximate duration of transfers and flights can differ considerably, depending on game viewing opportunities and airline schedules. Times are approximate as flights may involve multiple stops before reaching the final destination.
  • Flights and transfers are operated on a shared basis.
  • Luggage Restrictions:
    Free soft bags available on request on arrival. Free baggage storage facilities at Skukuza Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Free baggage transfers between Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA for passengers utilising a minimum of 2 consecutive lodge link flights.
  • Commercial Airlink flights are subject to quote.
  • Infants are only allowed 10kg of luggage.
    Due to limited luggage capacities on vehicles and small aircraft, luggage is required to be packed in a soft bag weighing a maximum of 20 kg for all flights and hand baggage of 8 kg in a soft/pliable bag on all flights. When, for operational reasons, there is no space in the cabin to accommodate carry-on items, such items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft. No hard suitcases, wheeled suitcases and framed suitcases will be allowed.
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