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Phinda’s luxury lodges are the ultimate safari experience

Situated near the east coast of South Africa – close to the Indian Ocean, Phinda is a private game reserve served by its own private airstrip – very close to the resort.

At 29,000 hectares, what Phinda lacks in size it makes up for in quality, featuring the ‘Big 5’ across a diverse landscape of seven different ecosystems. You can watch lions traverse the rocky foothills of the Lebombo Mountains to the south, see the 432 known bird species on the marshland, and drive through dry sand forests featuring cacti and orchids.

In the savannah, bush, and dense thornveld, you can expect close encounters with cheetah, which are prevalent in this region, as well as the rare Black rhino. Not forgetting the zebra, wildebeest, hippopotamus, and hyena which wander the area, you’ll also encounter species of antelope that can’t be found in other game areas.

Phinda has a relaxed feel, and the resort staff will make you feel entirely at home. Conservation remains at the forefront of managing the reserve, with the environmental impact a major consideration of all activities.

Phinda Lodges

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At Phinda, you can stay in one of six different lodges, or split your time between lodges for the ultimate experience. Each has its own unique charm. Phinda Homestead is an all-inclusive villa with large pool, or you could stay in more secluded lodges such as Forest Lodge or Vlei Lodge. Phinda Rock Lodge has impressive views across the valley, while Zuka Lodge overlooks a private waterhole for an intimate wildlife experience.

If you are looking for a family residence, Mountain Lodge maintains a luxury setting with fantastic views while ensuring children have all they need – a perfect location for the wide range of family-oriented activities surrounding.

There are two open-topped 4×4 game drives daily, one early sunrise drive, and one late afternoon – going into the evening for the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals. The number of cars in the park is limited to reduce disturbing the animals, giving visitors the best possible experience. There is also an infrared Night Eye experience for late nights in the bush.

As well as safari, take advantage of the nature walks, sleep outs, and tours of local communities, and learn more about conservation. Don’t forget the Indian Ocean is a short drive away!

For more information on how we can help you with your travel requirements to Phinda, contact +27(0)10 447 8844 or email