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Private house ideal for families or groups
Dedicated team of staff gives you total flexibility
Escape the heat with a dip in the pool
Excellent game viewing including cheetah and black rhino
A genuine home from home safari experience with fantastic staff
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.
Phinda has a thriving cheetah population.
Phinda has a thriving cheetah population.
The Homestead at &Beyond's Phinda Game Reserve is an elegant four-suite private house. It offers an exciting option for families and groups wanting to experience the beautiful Phinda Game Reserve.
The private safari house is designed with a stylish and contemporary feel to it. With retro trinkets, Zulu crafts and sleek, modern touches the design reinforces that this private safari villa is designed for comfort and ease.
The generous courtyards, ponds and living areas all open up to the landscape beyond. The large sliding windows give a sense of space and light and each room has wonderful views out to the African bush. The beds are purposely positioned so your game viewing experience begins the second you open your eyes!
With your own dedicated game ranger and tracker, as well as your own private vehicle, there are no set times for game drives. In this way, you have the freedom to do any activity at your own pace.
Meals are an important part of the day on safari and a huge effort goes into finding different dining locations and creating imaginative menus. Coffee, cold drinks and sundowners are served by the attentive and friendly staff.
There is a gorgeous pool to relax by in the heat of the day. The Homestead at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is a fabulous choice for any family or group of friends wanting to be incredibly well looked after and experience some fantastic game viewing.
The Homestead offers four gorgeous air conditioned suites. 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. Large sliding doors open out onto stunning African vistas.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities except babysitting which is available on request.
Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, private guide, tracker and chef, a fantastic gym offering an incredible view of the wilderness outside and the private outdoor boma providing an intimate dining space which is beautifully lit by dozens of lanterns at night. The Homestead also offers in room massages.
Game drives, walking and bird watching are all included. Activities at an additional charge include scuba diving and scenic flights for an astonishing bird's-eye view of Phinda's varying habitats. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems - a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The diverse wildlife this brings is nothing short of sensational.
A stunning safari home sleeping eight guests in great style and comfort.
Our guide was superb, not only delivering some great sightings (a male leopard, two lionesses on a kill) but imparting some fascinating facts about the bush. Did you know that male leopard wee smells like buttered popcorn? The sand floor of the forest makes tracking slightly easier here as one can follow their tracks.
Respected safari outfit &Beyond has added a new luxury private home to its portfolio. The Homestead is the latest lodge to open on the 23,000-hectare Phinda Private Game Reserve, on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Architect Nick Plewman has skilfully incorporated a group of simple, modern buildings, made of natural stone, wood and thatch, into the rare sand-forest environment. There are four suites and an enormous central sitting area and dining space overlooking an open grassy pan, plus a gym hidden in a Zen-like wooden box, which is set in the middle of a pond and reached by stepping stones; for the less energetic, yoga mats are also supplied. The decor is retro Afro-chic: a mix of kitsch artefacts and contemporary furniture, such as unique bone tables, made by top South African designers and selected by Chris Browne, &Beyond's creative director. The semi-circular boma, a stone-walled enclosure for stylish bush dinners under the stars, completes the African experience. The Homestead comes with its own butler, chef, ranger, tracker and game vehicle, and the timetable runs to your guilt-free whim. It works well for friends or families seeking peaceful, quality time together. The privacy is only interrupted by the numerous wild visitors that drop in regularly for a drink from the swimming pool.
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.
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.
The Homestead lies within the northern region of the 56 800 acre Phinda Private Game Reserve. Situated in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, neighbours the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia 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.
By road, Phinda is 6 hours from Johannesburg, 3 hours from Durban and 1 hour 30 minutes from Richards Bay. SA Express offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay. Road transfers from King Shaka International Airport to Phinda can be arranged. Airwing can also arrange private charters from anywhere in South Africa directly to Phinda’s airstrip.
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