Phinda Private Game Reserve

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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.

The andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve features seven varied habitats including woodland areas, grassland, wetland, forests, mountain ranges, rivers and marshlands. Phinda is also a popular "bush and beach" destination as a variety of coral reefs and spectacular beaches can be found nearby.

Phinda 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 Phinda Game Reserve is in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This unique 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.

The Phinda Reserve features seven varied habitats including woodland areas, grassland, wetland, forests, mountain ranges, rivers and marshlands. Phinda is also a famous "bush and beach" destination as a variety of coral reefs, and spectacular beaches can be found nearby.

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

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. These exclusive suites at the Phinda Private Game Reserve have been built in a certain way to ensure absolute privacy. The bathrooms at the Phinda Forest Lodge feature twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and separate w.c. The suites offer a personal bar on their private veranda.

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. A family suite with four bedrooms and a shared sitting area is also available for guests.

Phinda Vlei: Stilted glass and thatch suites in the rare sand forest. Each suite at the lodge provides an en suite bathroom with twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and separate w.c. A personal bar and private plunge pools are also available in the suites of the lodge.

Phinda Rock: Six exceptional suites which are perched on the side of a rocky cliff are at the Rock Lodge. Each suite at the Rock Lodge features a spacious bedroom with bath, shower, twin hand basins and separate W.C. The suites provide their private sitting area, personal bar, plunge pool and deck from where magnificent views of the spectacular Leopard Rock and the valley below can be admired.

Phinda Zuka: The beautiful lodge is a sole-use villa for groups of up to eight guests. This lodge features only four thatched Zululand bush cottages which are situated 15 metres apart from each other, featuring verandas overlooking a busy waterhole. Sitting areas at the suites offer comfortable built-in sofas which double as beds for parents travelling with children five years and younger. The spacious air-conditioned bedrooms at the Zuka Lodge provide fans and ensuite bathrooms, with a circular stone bath chamber, shower, separate w.c and twin hand basins.

Phinda Homestead: An exclusive, sole-use villa which is ideal for families and small groups. The 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 on the ambience. Ensuite bathrooms with separate w.c.’s, twin hand basins, baths, indoor and outdoor showers are available in this luxurious villa.

Phinda private game reserve 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. 

An alternative game lodge to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, we recommend the game-rich Thanda Private Game Reserve which features the Thanda Tented Camp, the Thanda Safari Lodge as well as the Villa Izulu which can accommodate up to six guests. For travellers looking for an alternative lodge in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the Makakatana Bay Lodge might be suitable. Located near the water, guests enjoy thrilling land and water-based safari activities.

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 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 Phinda Private Game Reserve

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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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 (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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