&Beyond is the world's leader in luxury experiential travel and safaris. Our roots are in Africa and South Asia, where we run 33 magical safari lodges and camps in the most breathtaking parts of the continent and, through this, sustain hundreds of rural communities and millions of acres of precious, sometimes endangered wildlife land.

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&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge looks out over its own lush valley, like a small private castle, amidst a tangle of wild African sights and sounds. The suites of this intimate and romantic lodge cling dramatically to steep cliffs with views across the valley.

When you first set eyes on the ochre walls of &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge clinging to the cliff face you’ll need a second look to realise you haven’t arrived at a Mexican hacienda. While the rugged adobe-style building wouldn’t be out of place in a desert pueblo, the lush bushveld vegetation and the wildlife dotted on the surrounding slopes leave you in no doubt that you’re in the middle of Africa.

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 cosy hideout that offers complete seclusion from the world below.

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

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About the Lodge

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Why Visit

  • Day and night game drives, walking safari and river cruises
  • Perched high on a rocky cliffside with panoramic views over Leopard Rock
  • Phinda Adventures – Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, visits to endangered wild cats project, swimming with whale sharks, whale watching
  • Specialist Safaris – birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking, walking, family and private safaris
  • Perfect for Honeymooners, couples, romantic or private getaways

Climate

Summer (October-April)
Daytime temperatures above 35˚C / 95˚F

Winter (May-September)
Night-time temperature rarely drops below 10˚C / 50˚F

Lush and hot in summer, with many young animals. Winter thins out the vegetation and cools things down for the best game viewing.

Fast Facts

  • Best time to travelAll year round; best game viewing from March to end of September.
  • Recommended for ChildrenChildren over 12 years are welcome. See our Family Travel page.
  • Guest SafetyThe lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
  • Lodge AmenitiesPrivate rim-flow plunge pools, roaring firelace, outdoor showers
  • LanguagesAfrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Sepedi.
  • WildlifeCheetah, white & black rhino, and nyala antelope
  • CurrencySouth Afrian Rand (ZAR)
  • Capacity6 Rooms, 12 guests maximum

Recommended Tours

Activities

View the Big 5 by day and night. Track rhino and turtles, meet the Zulu, see seven habitats in a day and round it off on a golden beach.

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Activities Include

  • Family Safari at Phinda
  • Birding
  • A Night Under the Skies
  • Explore Maputaland
  • Maputa Beach Adventure
  • Turtle Nesting Adventure
  • Black Rhino Tracking on Foot
  • Rhino Notching
  • Swim with The Whale Sharks
  • Endangered Wild Cats Project
  • Indian Ocean Scuba Safaris
  • Scuba Refresher
Learn More about Phinda Rock Lodge
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    The days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.

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    True African hospitality lies at the core of &Beyond's lodges and camps throughout the continent.

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    andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge looks out over its own lush valley, like a small private castle, amidst a tangle of wild African sights and sounds.

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