Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve covers 23 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. Experience the wonders of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo – as well as cheetah, black rhino, and roughly 415 bird species. Blessed with seven distinct habitats ranging from vast grasslands to magnificent mountains, the reserve offers a choice of six luxurious safari game lodges, each blended harmoniously with their unique surroundings. Choose from six luxurious lodges.

Your stay at Phinda includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local branded spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry
  • Safari activities
  • One hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip


Set in rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecozystems on the planet. This lodge is one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury lodges. Floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in but the dense canopy provides privacy. The dainty forms of dwarf forest antelope dart among and below the suites, raised on stilts to float between the sandy forest floor and the leafy canopy above. Waking up to rustling forest sounds and bird song, surrounded by delicate leaf-filtered light, a pervading sense of peace and calm will set the tone for your entire day.


With glamorous guest areas and spellbinding views, this bold and stylish lodge will truly make you feel on top of the world. Magnificent guest viewing decks and private verandas attached to each suite ensure that there’s no shortage of spectacular locations to drink in the natural luxury of the sensational setting.

Guests are greeted with bright smiles and warm welcomes from the lodge’s gracious staff. A warm and friendly welcome awaits families with children at Phinda Mountain Lodge, with two family suites providing interconnecting rooms with an optional additional bed in each.


Set on the edge of the forest and overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole, this wildlife playground brings your game encounters up close and personal. Each morning and early evening the animals appear, dotting the sweeping vlei in a never-ending wildlife parade.

Whether from the intimate guest areas or the seclusion of your own suite, watch the daily details of the bush come to life, from the antics of the monkeys and the prolific bird life to the herds of zebra or families of warthog ambling along the open vlei.


With only six suites carved into the rocky hillside, you’ll feel you’re part of an elite tribe of rock dwellers suspended in a cozy hideout that offers complete seclusion from the world below.

Elevated over the valley below, the cliff-top suites provide an intimate, cozy space in a dramatic setting with an eagle’s eye view of the reserve. Snuggled high above the surrounding panorama, your closest neighbor is likely to be an inquisitive spotted genet paying you a friendly visit on the dining deck.