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The Experience

One of South Africa’s top private reserves, Phinda protects 23,000 hectares (56,800 acres) of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and rare dry sand forest. This rich tapestry of habitats protects an abundance of wildlife including cheetah, black rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and over 400 species of birds!

Choose between a handful of luxury lodges ranging in style from honeymoon-perfect Forest Lodge tucked amongst the trees to Mountain Lodge with its spellbinding views. Game drives led by Phinda’s expert rangers and trackers offer an excellent chance of seeing all of Africa’s Big 5, while nights are spent enjoying fine cuisine under a sky filled with stars.

Since this private reserve lies close to South Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline, Phinda offers an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures. Enjoy a half-day beach outing including snorkeling in a protected marine reserve, go scuba diving amongst coral-covered pinnacles and gullies, and if you’re travelling between November and February you may even see leatherback or loggerhead turtles coming up onto the deserted coastline to lay their eggs.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve

A small taste of what you can look forward to on safari at Phinda Reserve.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve covers an impressive 23,000 hectares (56,800 acres) and has six very different lodges to choose from:

  • Phinda Forest Lodge has 16 glass-walled suites tucked amongst the trees of a rare and beautiful sand forest.
  • Phinda Mountain Lodge sits up on a ridge, its split-level suites opening onto private decks and views over the forest below.
  • Phinda Vlei Lodge has six spacious cottages overlooking a vlei (wetland) where nyala, zebra and even elephant are often seen.
  • Phinda Homestead is a 4-bedroom luxury safari villa that is perfect a family or friends travelling together.
  • Phinda Rock Lodge is a romantic hideaway with six hacienda-style suites, each with their own living area and private plunge pool.
  • Phinda Zuka Lodge has just four rooms overlooking a busy waterhole, and is another great option for a family or small group.

Map of Accommodation & KwaZulu Natal North Coast Surrounds

Phinda Private Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s northern KwaZulu-Natal region, within easy reach of the wild and beautiful Elephant Coast. The reserve lies a 3-hour drive from the city of Durban or short flight from Johannesburg directly to the Phinda airstrip.

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