&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge

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 Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Phinda Forest Lodge
  • A collection of enchanting stilted suites with floor-to-ceiling windows set within an unique ancient sand forest.

  • An exceptional safari experience with some of the best sightings of cheetahs and black rhino in South Africa.

  • Enjoy lazy afternoons by the pool during your down time between game drives or head out on a bush walking adventure with an expert guide.

  • With direct flights to nearby Durban Airport from the UK and with connections to the rest of South Africa and Mauritius, Phinda is ideally situated for a standalone safari experience or as part of a longer itinerary.


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 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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