PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Phinda Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of one of Africa's most spectacularly diverse regions, home to no less than seven ecosystems and an extraordinary range of wildlife.
Phinda is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site.
Phinda comprises 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, black and white rhino and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity of the nearby coast in Sodwana Bay is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
At Phinda Private Game Reserve a world of adventure awaits … at dawn and dusk experienced rangers and trackers reveal the wonders of wild Zululand, from the awe-inspiring Big Five to a fascinating array of plants, statuesque antelope and startling insects. Bush walks during the day not only afford the opportunity of tracking the feisty black rhino on foot, but also offer close encounters with nature and a brush with the traditional legends and uses of plants.
Catch a glimpse of the imperial world of the Zulu, past and present, or slip silently in canoes or riverboat past hippos and prolific bird life on ancient waterways, exploring fossil finds en route to a magical private picnic. And there is nothing quite like the "Flight of the Fish Eagle" air safari, soaring above this Eden, perhaps even witnessing the whale sharks and giant leatherback turtles from above or landing at the diving paradise of Sodwana Bay.
Unique safari accommodation - Phinda's six splendid safari lodges offer sophistication and style in pristine African bush surrounds.
Phinda Mountain Lodge
Here at the top of a lavish bushveld world, savour panoramas of the Ubombo Mountains, ridging away ash-blue to Lake St Lucia coastal plains. Mountain Lodge, with 25 luxury suites, is a sophisticated harmony of both modern and ethnic decor, superb cuisine and warm, personalised service.
The grand sweep of the horizon is burnished with the sinking sun, flooding the lodge with golden light as guests descend the hills for their evening game drive or river cruise.
The spacious split-level suites with private lounge and en-suite bathroom all open onto your personal deck overlooking this magnificent reserve, from your lofty retreat
Phinda Rock Lodge
In the south of the reserve you will discover the exclusive Phinda Rock Lodge. Its roughly hewn stone and adobe walls and ochre-packed wooden roofs are built into the rock face overlooking the magnificent Leopard Rock.
Each of the six suites, garlanded with twisting vegetation and suspended off the edge of the rocky cliff, has a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, some leading to an outdoor shower for bush bathing with an unrivalled view. Suites, decorated in subtle ethnic moods, also have their own private lounge, deck and personal plunge pool, perched on the very edge of the breathtaking precipice.
Dinner at Phinda Rock Lodge is an unforgettable affair - a pan African banquet spreads itself beneath the scampering celestial light of uniquely hand-wrought chandeliers as the eagles tumble and swoop at eye-level in the gathering twilight
Phinda Forest Lodge
Literally hand built by Zulu people to minimize impact on the rare Sand Forest, these 16 private stilted glass chalets float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees.
Within these unique habitats, no luxury has been overlooked, from beech wood and slate floors, to air conditioning and hand-towels tied with fresh leaf wreaths.
At Forest Lodge the walls have become windows opening up to the canopy beyond. Outside, the forest is alive with creatures, from the tiny red duiker and suni antelope to the Narina trogon and red squirrel. Your private chalet beckons the forest within.
Phinda Vlei Lodge
The Phinda Vlei Lodge comprises 6 stunning suites of thatch, teak and glass and overlook Phinda's unique wetland system at the edge of the forest- a favourite roaming ground of the cheetah.
Each of the secluded suites boasts a large airy double bedroom with spacious en-suite bathroom, private plunge pool and outdoor deck, ideal for bird and game watching. Experience Africa's first silent safari vehicle, which opens a unique opportunity to witness the hushed and fascinating world of butterflies and birds.
And with the sinking sun still warm on your shoulders, treat yourself to a romantic private dinner on your deck, lit by the gentle glow of oil lamps and the serenade of cicadas. Phinda Vlei offers exquisite, classic style and intimacy against the backdrop of truly wild Africa in all her splendour
Phinda Zuka Lodge
Meaning ‘sixpence’ in Zulu, Zuka Lodge offers guests a new experience of Phinda’s pristine wilderness. The Lodge’s four thatched, intimate cottages are set 15 metres (50 feet) apart, featuring verandas overlooking a busy waterhole where a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen. Sitting areas feature built-in sofas which double as beds for parents travelling with children 5 years and younger. Bedrooms have air-conditioning and fans and are en-suite, with a circular stone bath chamber, double showers, separate toilet and twin hand basins.
The exclusive-use Phinda Zuka Lodge is perfect for families or groups of up to eight people. Guest areas include an interactive café-style kitchen, indoor sitting and dining areas, an intimate library with Internet access and a swimming pool with extended wooden decking overlooking the waterhole. Comfortable cushions and suspended wicker chairs on the veranda allow for contemplation of the beautiful surroundings. Characterised by hues of blue and stone, emphasising shape and texture, the overall effect of the Lodge is that of cool, coastal bush style – the sophistication of simplicity.
Situated in the north of the Reserve, The Homestead at Phinda is a gracious sole-use safari villa that blends seamlessly into the surrounding trees and bush. This exclusive, cutting-edge lodge boasts four spacious and luxurious suites that feature unique sliding panel windows with sweeping views of the surrounding African bushveld. The emphasis is on outdoor spaces to encourage family and friends to maximize usage of the expansive central living areas.
Celebrating both Phinda and Zululand, traditional materials of thatch, gumpole and stone tile have been used throughout. The outdoor sitting area is the heart of the Homestead and the perfect place to laze away the hours on inviting sofas.
Complete with private ranger/host, tracker, butler and chef, as well as exclusive-use of an open 4x4 safari vehicle, The Homestead is ideal for family celebrations and special occasion safaris. An interactive kitchen allows for intimate, informal dining and a rim flow eternity pool provides for respite from the heat of the day.
All Inclusive Lodge Rates are per person, per night, sharing
Phinda Mountain Lodge: low season from R3460; high season from R5985
Phinda Rock Lodge: low season from R4045; high season from R6525
Phinda Forest Lodge: low season from R3460; high season from R5985
Phinda Vlei Lodge: low season from R4045; high season from R6525
Phinda Zuka Lodge: low season from R3300; high season from R5595
Phinda Zuka Lodge: low season from R19800; high season from R33570 Lodge rate
The Homestead: low season from R35000; high season from R49000 Lodge rate
Lodge rates quoted for The Homestead are for the entire Lodge, which comprises four spacious suites.
Lodge rates quoted for Phinda Zuka Lodge are for the entire Lodge, which comprises 4 cottages.
Phinda's exciting safari activities: Safari adventures with your private ranger include morning and evening safari drives in open 4x4 game-viewing vehicles. Boat cruises, canoe trips and bush walks, bush sundowners and visits local villages can also be arranged.
lease note that all rates are subject to change without prior notice and are subject to availability. The rates may change for various reasons (e.g. rate of exchange fluctuation) and from season to season, and the above prices are to be used as an approximate indication only.
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