Phinda Mountain Lodge
Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
At a Glance
Each suite has its own private plunge pool
Have a candle lit dinner in the boma
Split level suites offer fantastic views
Excellent game viewing including cheetah and the rare black rhino
Enjoy a river cruise or if feeling active jump in a canoe
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
As a country in the Southern Hemisphere South Africa's seasons are the reverse of the north - with winter in June-August and summer December-February. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.
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Phinda Mountain Lodge is a great safari destination on the private Phinda Game Reserve. The lodge offers 25 suites in individual rondavels, scatted along the mountainside, with the focus on authentic African architecture and ethnic design.
Phinda Game Reserve is cradled in the arms of the Ubombo Mountains and flanked to the east by golden beaches and the Indian Ocean, in KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of Africa’s most diverse wilderness areas, boasting seven ecosystems and an extraordinary range of wildlife.
Phinda Mountain Lodge is set apart from the other lodges on Phinda due to its panoramic views and dramatic location. The 25 suites are split on two levels between the sleeping and sitting area; each suite has a large wooden deck that offers views of the Ubombo mountains and coastal plains. They also offer outdoor showers and private plunge pools. There are family cottages which comprise of two interconnecting rooms, accommodating two adults and up to three children. The rooms here are smaller and there are no views, but they are still a great option for families wanting to experience all Phinda has to offer.
Delicious pan-African meals can be enjoyed in the remarkable stone and reed boma, romantically illuminated by dozens of candles and lanterns, or savoured in a spectacular clearing in the bush under an umbrella of twinkling stars. Phinda is renowned for its bush banquets in unique, unexpected settings.
The Phinda Game Reserve offers excellent big five game viewing, with spectacular sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino. You can enjoy day and night game drives and walking safaris.
Phinda Mountain Lodges offer 25 air-conditioned split level suites. The suites all feature en-suite bathrooms with free standing tubs, outdoor rain showers and private plunge pools. The beds are made up with the finest of linen to provide a comfortable night's sleep. There are also smaller family cottages, which do not enjoy the views or luxuries of the suites but have two interconnecting bedrooms, accommodating two adults and up to three children per cottage.
There are 25 split-level suites. All the suites have en-suite bathrooms, a private sitting area and verandah as well as a private plunge pool.
Children of all ages are welcome at Phinda Mountain Lodge, with children from the ages of 6 to 12 years able to go on a game drive at the managers discretion. The lodge can arrange babysitting for younger children. Families staying in a family cottage can enjoy a private safari vehicle which means there is no age restriction for those children on game drives.
Facilities at Phinda Mountain Lodge include an interesting craft gallery and an inviting swimming pool. Dinner is served in the open air boma, a couple of times a week. The lodge also offers in room massages for those who feel like indulging in a bit of pampering.
Swimming, game drives and walking are offered at Phinda Mountain Lodge. Activities at an additional charge include scuba diving and scenic flights over the park for a bird's eye view of this unique African landscape.
&Beyond Wild Child program
Specially designed activities ensure your children get the most out of their safari experience, with activities such as tracking footprints and making traditional bows and arrows to add to game drives with their parents.
Phinda Leopard Conservation
Stay at Phinda and spot a leopard in the wild! Join experienced trackers and conservationists to find, track and photograph these elusive animals.
Ensure absolute flexibility throughout your safari by pre-booking a private driver/guide. Your guide and tracker will work closely with you to tailor your safari around you interests, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
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Location & directions
Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Phinda Mountain Lodge is located in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It neighbors the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, (a World Heritage Site) to the east and is only 30 km (19 miles) due west of the white-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.
How to get there
The quickest and easiest way to get to Phinda is by air. You can fly to Richard's Bay from either Johannesburg or Durban, followed by a short flight or road transfer to the lodge. A light aircraft shuttle service operates between Richard's Bay and Phinda. Should you choose to travel to Phinda from Richard's Bay by road, it's a comfortable drive of approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, to travel by road the distance from Johannesburg to Phinda is approximately 600km (370 miles) and takes 7 hours.