South African Lodges

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Address
Phinda Game Reserve
Greater St Lucia Wetland
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
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Lodge Type
Beach, Spa, Game Lodge

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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 game lodges at Phinda offer sophistication and style in the African bush.

andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

There 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 Phinda forest lodge feature his and her basins, deep bath, separate shower & 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. 

andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge 

The 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.

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

At the vlei lodge, one can find 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 of 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.

andBeyond Phinda 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.

andBeyond Phinda 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.

andBeyond 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.’s, twin hand basins, baths, indoor and outdoor showers are available in this luxurious villa.

Phinda Activities

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy exciting game 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 game drives on Phinda
  • Interpretive bush hikes
  • Mzinene River canoeing
  • Beach adventure &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. 

Phinda private game reserve is unique as in the same day you can see Sea Turtles nesting and Lion kill in 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. 

Below detailed information about the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Standing Fan
  • Telephone

Restaurants

Dining at the Phinda Private Game Reserve

Dining at each of the beautiful game lodges at the Phinda Private Game Reserve is a unique and delicious experience.  Meals are available on open air dining decks from where scenic views and even wildlife grazing on the open plain in the distance can be observed.

In the evenings, warm firelight welcomes guests to the boma, where a sumptuous dinner is served under the clear star-studded sky of Africa.

Safaris

Twice a day exciting game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, nature walks and excellent birding are offered at the exclusive Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Phinda Private Game Reserve is a fantastic 'Big Five' safari destination in South Africa offering excellent cheetah, white and black rhino, elephant, nyala and lion viewing.

Cruises and canoeing

Fantastic riverboat cruises and canoeing along the Mzinene River are also available for guests staying at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Phinda Adventures

Optional Phinda Adventures, which are available at an additional cost, include the breathtaking coastal flights, wonderful beach excursions including snorkelling and scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, turtle viewing during season which is November to January, horse riding and cultural visits.

Specialist Safaris
  • 7 Wonders in 7 Days
  • Birding at Phinda
  • Bush Skills Academy at Phinda
  • Leopard Research at Phinda
  • Photographic Safaris at Phinda
  • Rhino Capture and Research at Phinda
  • Tracking at Phinda
  • Walking Safaris at Phinda.
Birdwatching

For the bird watching enthusiasts, diverse birdlife with approximately 400 different species can be found in this region of South Africa at the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Conferences at the Phinda Private Game Reserve

The conference venue at the Phinda Mountain Lodge in South Africa can accommodate up to 30 guests.

  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Open Air Boma
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Plunge pool
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
Day Itinerary

At the 'Big Five' Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, the days are designed to amaze guests with up close and exciting wildlife encounters and the nights to delight visitors with the romance of Africa.

Morning Game Drive:
As dawn breaks over the untamed African bush, a gentle tap on the door of your chalet will wake you to the delights of a new day.  The professional ranger will discuss what wildlife you hope to see today over delicious tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks.  The Phinda Private Game Reserve is famous for its exceptional sightings of the shy cheetah and the rare black rhino. There are several resident lions prides at this reserve and rangers will do their best to provide guests with a glimpse of all of these animals.

Breakfast:
Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast after the morning game drive, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.
 
Lunch:
If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast near your Lodge at Phinda, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his knowledge of the smaller animals and vegetation in the area, before returning in time for lunch.

Afternoon Tea:
Guests may relax with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool at Phinda, enjoy a relaxing afternoon sleep or simply watch the wildlife from their private veranda. Over a late afternoon tea, the ranger will discuss the itinerary and a planned route of the afternoon game drive.
 
Evening Game Drive:
This safari begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark when spotlights are used by the range for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life.  Guests may listen to lions roar in the night or admire the small nocturnal animals.   Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.  Guests also have the opportunity to go on a boat cruise or canoe down the Mzinene River, watching the wildlife as they come down to drink.

Dinner:
A mouthwatering dinner awaits guests at the lodge's boma or in a surprising bush location.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 12:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Room service
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Malaria:

    The Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa is in a low-risk malaria area.

    Animals:

    Seven distinctly different habitats can be found at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa.  The Phinda Private Game Reserve is a 'Big Five' safari destination offering cheetah, white and black rhino, elephant, nyala and lion viewing. 

    For the bird watching enthusiasts, diverse birdlife with approximately 400 different species can be found in this region of South Africa.  The rare dry sand forest is home to the shy Suni and Red Duiker.

Children Policy
  • Children are welcome at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives.  Babysitting is available at an additional cost upon request.

    Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. No more than three triples and one quad at any one time. This magnificent game lodge in South Africa is highly recommended for families.

Available Rooms

Mountain Lodge: Suite

# Rooms:
25
The Mountain Suites at the Phinda Private Game Reserve offer visitors accommodation filled with elegance and romance. From the special Mountain Suite, guests enjoy breathtaking views of the reserve.
 

Mountain Suite features:

  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Private seating area
  •  Plunge pool
  •  Outdoor shower.

Forest Lodge: Suite

# Rooms:
16
The Phinda Private Game Reserve provides 16 spacious Forest Lodge Suites. The suites are an elegant and graceful combination of glass, fabrics and woods. The Forest Suites offer beautiful bathrooms and private viewing decks from which guests can enjoy spectacular game viewing.

 

Forest Suite features:

  •  Air-conditioning
  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Verandah.

Rock Lodge: Suite

# Rooms:
6
The Rock Lodge Suites at Phinda offer guests the most spectacular views of the valley. Situated on the top of a rocky hillside, staying in one of these suites make guests feel as if they are in the clouds above. These suites provide guests with a romantic and private setting.
 

Rock Lodge Suite features:

  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Private plunge pool
  •  Viewing deck
  •  Private seating areas.

Vlei Lodge: Suite

# Rooms:
6
The thatched Vlei Lodge Suites at Phinda has a welcoming charm and character.  Each suite, which has been decorated in an African style, is tucked away in the African bush to ensure guests enjoy the utmost of privacy and seclusion.
 

Vlei Lodge Suites:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Dressing room
  •  Private plunge pool
  •  Game viewing deck.

Zuka Lodge: Suite

# Rooms:
4

The Phinda Zuka Lodge is a sole-use villa for groups of up to eight guests.  The Zuka Lodge at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa features only four thatched Zululand bush cottages which are located 15 metres apart from each other, providing terraces overlooking a waterhole where animals come to quench their thirst.

Sitting areas offer comfortable built-in sofas which double as beds for parents traveling with children of five years and younger.  The spacious air-conditioned bedrooms at the Phinda Zuka Lodge provide fans and en - suite bathrooms, with a circular stone bath chamber, shower, separate bathroom and twin hand basins.

Mountain Lodge Family Suite

The Family Suite at the Phinda Mountain Lodge is very spacious providing an ideal safari accommodation option for guests travelling with children.  The welcoming lounge divides the two bedrooms.

 Phinda Mountain Lodge Family Suite features:

  • Bedrooms
  • Lounge
  • Deck
  • Bathrooms
  • Childrens rooms
  • Outside showers.

Mountain Lodge: Cottage

From the comfortable and spacious cottages at the andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge, magnificent views over the valley and hills can be admired.

Mountain Lodge: Family Cottage

A warm welcome awaits families are travelling with children at the andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge. The Family Cottages are suitable for children who wish to share the accommodation with the parents during their safari getaway. Two adjoining rooms will cater for two adults and up to three children. The use of a private vehicle is automatically included when staying in one of the family cottages.  

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve Specials

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

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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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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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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We stayed at Phinda Mountain lodge had great game viewing and service was good. Must give big thanks to South-African-Lodge.com with great rate and excellent service Evi was amazing.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.857064

Longitude: 32.313498

Directions

From Johannesburg to Forest and Vlei Lodge

Take the N12 to Witbank, after which the N4 towards Middleburg is made.
After the Middleburg Ultra City, take the N11 turnoff to Hendrina.
Continue along the N11 from Hendrina to Ermelo.
From Ermelo take the N2 to Piet Retief.
Continue the N2 passing through Pongola, and Mkuze until you reach Hluhluwe
Once here, take the off-ramp and follow the directions into town.
Pass through the town of Hluhluwe and at the 4th traffic circle turn left toward Sodwana Bay on the R22.
Continue for approximately 1km and turn right on the R22 toward Sodwana Bay.
Cross over the railway line and travel for a further 28km is crossing over the Sibhicayi River.
After you have seen the sign for the Lodge, make a left at the intersection
Take the D675 for approximately 5km until you reach a T-Junction and fence line. At this T-Junction take the D488 to the right and continue for a further 4km with the fence line on your left-hand side.

From Durban to Phinda (Forest and Vlei)

Head towards the N2 Freeway northbound from Durban, toward Stanger, crossing over the Tugela River continuing towards Empangeni / Richards Bay.
Keep on the N2, pass the towns of Kwambonambi and Mtubatuba, until you reach Hluhluwe. Take the Hluhluwe/Sodwana Bay off-ramp and follow the directions into the town.
Pass through the town of Hluhluwe and at the 4th traffic circle turn left toward Sodwana Bay on the R22.
Continue for approximately 1km and make a right toward on the R22 for Sodwana Bay.
Drive across the railway line and travel for a further 29km was crossing over the Sibhicayi River.
At the signpost for the Lodge, make a left at the intersection after the first set of rumble strips.
Take the D675 for approximately 4km until you reach a T-Junction and fence line. At this T-Junction take the D488 to the right and continue for a further 4km with the fence line on your left-hand side.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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