&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

The ideal family safari destination, offering uninterrupted mountain views

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Highlights

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.

WILDCHILD PROGRAMME

FUN, INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS TO DISCOVER NEW EXPERIENCES & CULTURES

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
  • Self-drive directions to Phinda Mountain Lodge can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.

Accommodation

LUXURIOUS SUITES

16 suites, 6 cottages (or 3 adjoined family cottages) and 1 family suite

FAMILY SUITE & COTTAGES

1 Family Suite and 2 Family Cottages available with an interconnecting door and included private vehicle.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Children of all ages are welcome. Offers a wonderful interactive WILDchild programme.

PRIVATE PLUNGE POOLS

Each of the suites and cottages features a private plunge pool in addition to the lodge swimming pool.

OUTDOOR SHOWERS

All 23 rooms feature refreshing alfresco showers.

Amenities

SWAROVSKI BINOCULARS

State of the art Swarovski Companions, complimentary for the duration of your stay

SPARKLING LODGE POOL

The lodge also has a large rim-flow swimming pool overlooking the magnificent reserve

WIFI
AVAILABLE

Full WIFI coverage in all suites and guests areas throughout the lodge

SIGNATURE SAFARI SHOP

Features a wide range of authentic, handcrafted items sourced from local artisans

FITNESS & WELLNESS

Fully equipped gym, and a wellness center catering for a range of massage treatments

Rates

SUITE

JANUARY - DECEMBER
From ZAR 8,980 per person per night

COTTAGE

JANUARY - DECEMBER
From ZAR 8,265 per person per night

FAMILY COTTAGE

JANUARY- DECEMBER
From ZAR 30,115 per family per cottage

FAMILY SUITE

JANUARY - DECEMBER
From ZAR 35,920 per family suite per night

Welcome to Phinda Mountain

Perched on a hilltop, with wraparound views of the lush Lebombo foothills, Phinda Mountain Lodge is the ultimate family safari destination in Phinda Private Game Reserve.

This iconic 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, the reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five, as well as 436 bird species.

Phinda Mountain Lodge features three room types, with 16 suites, six cottages (that can be turned into three adjoining family cottages), and one family suite. Natural light streams through the expansive glass windows of the suites and cottages, while private decks provide breathtaking views of natural beauty. Each accommodation option features an outdoor shower, well-stocked personal bars and private plunge pools.

In the main area, guests can swap safari stories around the inviting bar and enjoy meals in the interactive kitchen, complete with a pizza oven (ideal fun for the kids to create their own dinner). A traditional stone and reed boma is illuminated by dozens of candles, and lanterns, and provides the ultimate setting for al fresco dinners. A sparkling lodge rim flow pool follows the natural curves of the mountain, while a new state-of-the-art gym is ideal for fitness fanatics, and a massage sala is available for those wanting to indulge in tranquil treatments.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as a Specialist Walking and Tracking Safaris, a Sleepout Under the Stars, an infrared Night Eye Safari, and other participative conservation experiences such rhino notching, elephant collaring or pangolin tagging. Also on offer outside of the reserve, within easy access of the reserve are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach adventure, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist Safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.

Why we love it

IMPRESSIVE 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.

EXCITING FAMILY SAFARIS

Phinda Mountain is the ideal family lodge, with three family cottages, a Family Suite, and a dedicated WILDChild programme which is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer kids the opportunity to leave with treasured memories of the African bush.

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.

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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&Beyond Phinda's impact in conservation & community

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