Reopening 01 December 2023
Reopening 01 December 2023
Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Zululand region of northern KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, intimately wedged between Mkuze Game Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously St Lucia Wetland Park). The reserve is also 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 at nearby Sodwana Bay.
During this period, our timeless Zen-like lodge and suites, inspired by their unique location in the distinct and delicate Sand Forest of Phinda Private Game Reserve, will be completely re-imagined, ensuring that this celebrated destination will be even more memorable. In keeping with our core ethos, the lodge embodies a commitment to minimise the impact on the environment. The iconic rooms were originally built in perfect harmony with the existing flow of the forest, and these existing room structures will be used to redefine the new lodge in a way that will continue the legacy with which it was originally built.
Lodge improvements include the upgrade of all interiors, with some structural changes to the existing suites and main guest area. The lodge’s existing swimming pool is set to be reshaped and tiered, with the addition of an all-new shaded massage sala constructed next to the pool. A new family suite, as well as library and lounge, plus newly-designed walkways with a central firepit linking the main area to the new library, not to mention significant upgrades to the main dining and bar areas can also be expected. The new-look Phinda Forest will also feature a well-equipped state-of-the-art gym. With so many new and exciting additions to look forward to, we cannot wait to welcome you back to our new &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge soon.
29 866 hectares (73 800 acres) of private, traversing across seven distinct habitats allows for a diversity of landscapes and game viewing on twice-daily game drives. Limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of 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.
Phinda Forest will soon have it’s own Family Suite, and coupled with a dedicated WILDChild programme, the Phinda Forest family experience promises fun, interactive activities that offer kids the opportunity to leave with treasured memories of the African bush.
A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives and night drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, African bush sleep outs, village tours, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities.
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It was at Phinda that &Beyond’s Care of the Land, Wildlife and People impact vision
was tested and shaped. Here, 29 866 ha (73 800 acres) 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.