&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge

Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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  • Suites are raised on stilts with private outdoor decks

  • Fantastic game viewing including cheetah and black rhino

  • Spend an afternoon relaxing by their enticing swimming pool

  • Enjoy your evening drink sat around the fire

  • Go for a canoe on the Mzinene River

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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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Insider's View

Did you know that male leopard wee smells like buttered popcorn?

Ask your guide about how they control the elephant numbers on the Phinda Reserve.

Ensure you ask your game ranger about the forests that surround Forest Lodge. It is so interesting and unique.

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Suspended in the Sand Forest, under great towering torchwood trees, is Phinda Forest Lodge. There are 16 large stilted glass suites have a Zen feel, floating between the forest floor below and the dense canopy of leaves above.

Phinda 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.

The local Zulu people built Phinda Forest Lodge, which has been built to have a minimal impact on its surrounding environment. The rooms are huge and exceptionally luxurious, with air conditioning and private ensuite facilities. The walls of the suites are glass and open onto the forest, where animals such as red duiker, suni antelope and red squirrel abound.

Unwind in the lodge’s sparkling rim flow swimming pool, or relax in the lodge sitting areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

The Phinda 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, walking safaris, river cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River.

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Phinda Forest Lodge offers 16 suites which are exceptionally luxurious. They all feature air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms featuring large freestanding baths, a large shower and also slate basins and expansive views overlooking the rare sand forest.


The lodge welcomes children over the age of 8 years old. Children under the age of 12 years can partake in game drives at the guide’s discretion.


The is a large rim flow inviting swimming pool as well as a ell stocked curio shop which also has wifi access on site. There is a boma area where you will be served your delicious dinner a couple of times a week. Phinda Forest Lodge also offer in room massages.


Game drives, walking and birdwatching are all included in room rates. 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.


&Beyond - Honeymoon Offer

Bride receives 50% discount when staying at one of &Beyond's lodges in South Africa including all lodges on the Phinda Reserve, Ngala Tented Camp & Ngala Safari Lodge, Kirkman's Kamp and Tengile River Lodge.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability
Book from 30 December 2019 to 31 December 2020
Travel from 01 January 2020 to 10 January 2021
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  • &Beyond Wild Child programme

    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.

  • 4WD Game Drives

    Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.

  • 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.

  • Private Safari

    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.

Location & directions

Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Phinda Forest Lodge lies within the 56 800 acres of Phinda Private Game Reserve, 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.

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