&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Seven worlds of wonder

Highlights

LUXURY LODGES

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

SAFARI GAME DRIVES

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

BUSH WALKING ADVENTURES

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

IMPACT EXPERIENCES

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

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES

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

Getting There

Location:

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 &Beyond 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

Accommodation

PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE

The ideal family safari destination, offering uninterrupted mountain views

PHINDA HOMESTEAD

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

PHINDA ROCK LODGE

Intimate stone cottages with dramatic views across the Zululand Valley

PHINDA VLEI LODGE

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

PHINDA FOREST LODGE

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

PHINDA ZUKA LODGE

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

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.

LEAVING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE

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

EXCLUSIVE GAME VIEWING

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.

ICONIC WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

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.

FINEST GUIDES AND SAFARIS

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.

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES

A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, an infrared night eye experience, 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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