andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

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andBeyond Phinda Private Game 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.

Six award-winning, exclusive lodges can be found within Phinda Reserve, offering you a truly unique experience.

The andBeyond Lodges in Phinda Private Game Reserve are in seven varied habitats including woodland areas, grassland, wetland, forests, mountain ranges, rivers, and marshlands.

The Phinda lodges are managed by &Beyond who provide excellent levels of service while giving back to nature.

Phinda reserve offers one of South Africa's premier game viewing experiences with cheetah, lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, endangered black rhino and more than 403 bird species residing in reserve.

Game drives are offered through the reserve on a twice-daily basis while thrilling walking safaris are also an option for guests to Phinda Game Reserve.

Phinda has seven distinct natural environments being on the coastal plain with an excess of amazing and unique fauna and flora.

Phinda has 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.

&beyond lodges would be Phinda Vlei, Phinda Rock, Phinda Zuka and Phinda Homestead with four spacious suites at The home can accommodate eight guests and feature unique sliding panel windows framing the beautiful views, and infuse a contemporary Zulu vernacular.

  • Phinda Forest the amazing climate-controlled glass-fronted suites are built on a raised platform and appear to swim between the forest floor and the treetops.
  • Phinda Mountain the lodge features 26 air-conditioned luxurious suites all offer a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda complete with plunge pool and romantic alfresco shower. The suites at the Phinda Mountain Lodge include three suites with a fold-out sleeper sofa in each to accommodate a triple.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Standing Fan
  • Telephone

Facilities Available at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

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

More Information on andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

FAQs about andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
Where is Phinda?

Phinda is located on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal about 300 KM north of Durban.

Does Phinda have Malaria?

Phinda is in a Malaria area although a very low-risk area.

Who manages Phinda Private Game Reserve?

The reserve is managed by &Beyand however the Getty family trust was the main backers of the project.

What makes Phinda Special?

Phinda is special in the way that you can see lion and elephant in the morning and can go diving with Whale Sharks in the afternoon.

What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve located?
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is located at the following location / address: Phinda Game Reserve, Greater St Lucia Wetland, North Uthungulu, 3936.

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
  • 1 Jan - 30 Apr and 1 Nov - 20 Dec: A single supplement of 50% is only charged from the third single room per booking. 
  • 1 May - 31 Oct and 21 Dec - 10 Jan '21: A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms.
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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 (until 10 January 2020) / R2 750.00 per flight leg (from 11 January 2020) towards any Airlink flight,(Johannesburg, Cape Town, Vilancuos, Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park) to and from the reserve.

The 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).

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 King Shaka International Airport and Phinda - We will credit you R2 500 per flight leg (until 10 January 2020) / R2750.00 per flight leg (from 11 January 2020) towards any Airlink flight to or from Phinda or we will include return scheduled road transfers between King Shaka Airport and Phinda (Phinda – Airport: 10h00 / 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 ** times given are subject to change, please confirm departure times with reservations.
  • Complimentary return scheduled road transfers also include Umhlanga hotels
  • 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 (2019) / R2750.00 (2020) 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.
  • Commercial Airlink flights are subject to quote.
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Extraordinary first-time experiences at andBeyond Phinda

It’s not every day that the opportunity of ‘first-time’ travel experiences comes around, let alone extraordinary first-time experiences, but we are talking about &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve – a destination celebrated as our starting point and a touchstone for inspired conservation and community initiatives.

You could be some of the first to discover:

  • Phinda Pangolin Conservation Experience – an adventure that takes guests into the hidden world of the world’s most trafficked mammal.
  • &Beyond Night Eye Experience – on our infrared camera safari they’ll be witness to the secrets of Phinda’s wild, after-dark world

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal on the planet. Participate in our one-of-its-kind Pangolin conservation experience, and support us in this groundbreaking initiative to re-establish Temminck’s ground pangolin in a region where they have gone locally extinct.

Your Pangolin conservation experience

Intensive monitoring, using VHF and GSM/UHF tracking tags, is a core element of this project. Travel with our specialist conservation team as they locate the animal, replace the GSM/UHF tag, do general health checks, and gather crucial data. You’ll be with them as they locate the pangolin and set about the replacement of the tag. During this procedure, the team will also conduct a general health check, take body measurements and gather other research data: a precious opportunity for you to observe the unique features and adaptations of the pangolin at a close distance. The pangolin will then be released, and, provided it is relaxed with our presence, you’ll be able to follow it, and observe its behaviour and feeding. Your experience will take place in the afternoon or evening in winter, or at night in summer.

*Please note that pre-booking is essential, as tags are replaced at specific intervals on predetermined dates.

Your Night Eye Experience

You’re on a safari night drive. The sun has set and the darkness around you is alive with night calls. There’s an impala call. Something is on the hunt…

How amazing would it be if you could see in the dark and watch everything play out, completely naturally, right in front of you, without intruding in any way? Well, now you can.

This experience includes a dedicated vehicle, guide, tracker and specialist cameraman. The vehicle will be set up with three screen monitors so that everyone has a clear view of the action: one will be mounted on the dashboard for those in the first row of seats, with the others for guests in the second and third rows. High definition infrared cameras are used, providing not only excellent visuals on your drive, but also high-quality video footage of your night-eye experience for you to take home, as a memento of your safari.

Special Notes:

  • This experience is currently only available at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Due to high demand, pre-booking is recommended
  • A group of  up to 8 guests per vehicle can be accommodated
  • May be purchased in-lodge (subject to availability) for a collection of guests who are not travelling together, but who have agreed to split the cost
  • Also available for those guests who have pre-booked a private vehicle for all their game drives.
  • &Beyond Night Eye video footage (2-3 minutes) of your experience (with no narration) is available digitally for each guest to take home

Additional options from the Night Eye crew:

  • A personal and professional video (no narration) of your morning drive
  • A personal and professional video of your pre-booked Phinda Conservation Experience, with narration by the videographer, and interpretive comments by our conservation team

Add this to your tour: Only available as part of a planned stay at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Please contact our reservations team for more information and prices.

Included in the rate:

  • As per lodge inclusions

Excluded from the rate:

  • As per lodge exclusions

Terms and Conditions:

  • Pangolin conservation experience: *Please note that pre-booking is essential, as tags are replaced at specific intervals on predetermined dates.
  • Experiences Only available as part of a planned stay at Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Please contact our reservations team for more information and quotes
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