Phinda Private Game Reserve
is situated in the lush Zululand region sandwiched between Mkuze Game Reserve
and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously St Lucia Wetland Park), a World Heritage Site, it comprises 14 000 hectares of prime conservation land.
Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Predators like cheetah, leopard and lion are tracked on a daily basis and visitors stand extremely good chances of seeing them. The territorial white rhino favour waterholes and wallows. Herds of elephant and buffalo move throughout the reserve and are easily spotted. Impressive nyala antelope feed alongside impala and warthog.
Nocturnal aardvark, bushpig and greater bushbaby may be encountered on exciting night game-drives. Mountain reedbuck dwell on rocky slopes, while common reedbuck favour palmveld and wetlands. Accommodation inside Phinda Game Reserve
The 5 lodges inside the Phinda Game Reserve offers sophistication and style in the African bush.Phinda Forest Lodge
Our designers have created a calming atmosphere of Zulu Zen. And there’s no need to worry about the privacy of your retreat - in spite of the floor to ceiling glass walls, the towering torchwood trees and fertile forest floor that surround your suite ensure a sense of seclusion.Phinda Mountain Lodge
Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated yet refreshingly simple, the Homestead provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family. With the warm, friendly faces and helping hands of a full complement of staff ready to welcome you on arrival, you will instantly feel as though this is your second home.Phinda Vlei Lodge
At Phinda Vlei Lodge simply spending time in your spacious suite is like being on safari. With each suite carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink and panoramic vistas from even your shower or bathtub, the game viewing never stops!Phinda Rock Lodge
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.Phinda Homestead
:Currently being refurbished after a fire on 16 December 2016
The warm, friendly faces and helping hands of a full complement of staff are ready to welcome guests on arrival. Inviting rooms designed around retro trinkets, Zulu crafts and sleek, contemporary touches reinforce the impression that this private safari villa is designed for comfort and ease.Safari activities
Phinda offers a variety of safari activities:
- A Night Under the Stars
- Black Rhino Tracking on Foot
- Endangered Wild Cats Project
- Indian Ocean Scuba Safari
- Luxury Walking Safari
- Maputaland Beach Adventure
- Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
- Photographic Safari
- Private Safari
- Specialist Birding Safari
- Swimming with Whale Sharks
- Tracking Adventure
- Turtle Nesting Adventure
- Zulu Village TourWildlife at Phinda Game Reserve:
Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these rare cats.
With much of &Beyond Phinda dominated by a mosaic of various savanna habitats, these speedy carnivores have plenty of space to carry out their explosive hunting technique, as well as enough cover to protect and shelter their cubs.
Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success story at &Beyond Phinda is that of both the white and the more endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both the grass eating white rhino and the shrub grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve.
While the white rhino favours water holes and wallows, the black rhino indulges its inquisitive nature in constant solitary rambles.
The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent sight at &Beyond Phinda, with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of the species. With its dark brown coat, buttery yellow legs, shaggy mane and impossibly bushy tail, the male nyala is particularly spectacular, while the female contents itself with a less flashy chestnut coat.
The rare sand forest in the northern parts of &Beyond Phinda is the perfect environment for some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.Health & Climate
Malaria endemic area. Precautions should be taken before, during and after the visit.
Daytime temperatures above 35˚C / 95˚F
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.