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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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

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 & Events

Conferences at the Phinda Private Game Reserve

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

Facilities

Day Itinerary

At the 'Big Five' Phinda Private 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 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 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 safari 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 drive.
 
Evening 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.

Services

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
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Room service
  • Safari drives
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Malaria:

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

    Animals:

    Seven distinctly different habitats can be found at the Phinda Reserve in South Africa.  The Phinda 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 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular drives.  Babysitting is available at an additional cost upon request.

    Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on safari drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. No more than three triples and one quad at any one time. This magnificent 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.  

 

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

Hotel Group(s)

  • and Beyond / &Beyond