&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve



Phinda is home to six magnificent lodges, each with its own individual charm and character


Day and night safaris with expert guides in search of Big Five and other rare iconic wildlife encounters.


Explore with the African bush and it's quaint fauna and flora on foot with an experienced guide.


Assist our conservation team with a scheduled rhino, elephant or pangolin research experience.


Visit nearby Zulu communities and gain insight into their daily lives.


Phinda | The Return

Leaving our world a better place

They say that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Nothing could be closer to the truth for &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Watch our video, and journey with us. It’s a story of land renewed and restored, of wildlife brought back and protected, and of a partnership honoured by the return of land borrowed.

Getting There


&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Zululand region of Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, intimately wedged between Mkuze Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously St Lucia Wetland Park), a World Heritage Site. The reserve is also situated in very close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures at nearby Sodwana Bay.

Getting to Phinda:

  • Airlink offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
  • Connect &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp, northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Londolozi, Ulusaba, Vilanculos and Livingstone. All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza
  • Private charters from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s airstrip
  • It is seven-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle
  • It is a three and a half-hour drive from Durban on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle
  • Self drive directions



The ideal family safari destination, offering uninterrupted mountain views


An exclusive-use villa, brimming with personal touches, for the world's travel connoisseur


Intimate stone cottages with dramatic views across the Zululand Valley


A secluded plantation-style hideaway on the edge of a rare sand forest


Timeless Zulu-zen, encased in glass, in the heart of shaded sand forest


An exclusive safari retreat overlooking a private, wildlife-rich watering hole

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Discover Phinda Private Game Reserve

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, &Beyond Phinda is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

With its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes and pans. Home to 1 000 hectares (2471 acres) of Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest, the reserve is situated in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures.

Guests at Phinda experience interpretive game drives, in open 4×4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained &Beyond rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach.

Phinda is home to six magnificent lodges, each with its own individual charm and character: Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge, Forest Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Zuka Lodge and Phinda Homestead.


It was at Phinda that &Beyond’s Care of the Land, Wildlife and People impact vision
was tested and shaped. Here, 28 622 hectares of farming land was reclaimed for wildlife, including
790 hectares of critically endangered ancient sand forest. Cheetah, rhino and pangolin are actively
protected, with more than 30 years of pioneering wildlife victories behind us.
Along with Africa Foundation, the reserve works closely with neighbouring communities,
employing locally and investing in community education and welfare.
Sustainability practices are a daily priority and include the elimination of plastic bottles
and a focus on energy-saving initiatives.

Why we love it


28,555 ha (70,560 acres) of private traversing across seven distinct habitats allows for a great diversity of landscapes and exclusive game viewing. Limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of Big Five and other rare and iconic wildlife.


Phinda is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, but is best known for its large population of cheetah and black rhino. The sand forest is home to the shy suni and the rare red duiker, two tiny antelope that are seldom encountered elsewhere.


Highly knowledgeable &Beyond-trained guides with the ability to do night drives, and other specialist safaris such as walking, tracking, photography or birding. Safaris can be tailor-made for private groups, families or specialist interests.


A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, night drives, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities.

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Going Beyond the Expected

Go ‘Beyond the Expected’ with a safari theatre experience. Led by our experienced guides, enjoy a morning bush cappuccino rendezvous and evening sundowner stop on your game drives, as well as a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars, for your use during your stay with us.

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