Phinda Forest Lodge
Glass walls your eyes to the forest
Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. Home to Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest, the reserve is situated in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures.
The 16 suites are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees. Inventively designed in a style affectionately known as Zulu Zen, each handcrafted, glass-encased suite boasts a minimalist flair that incorporates high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics and brightly accented Zulu artefacts. The suites have luxurious en-suites and viewing decks. The lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, as well as expansive decks in its seating area, look out onto panoramic views of an open plain. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars.
In addition to twice-daily interpretive game drives, nature walks, sunrise and sunset riverboat cruises, and canoe trips along the Mzinene River, guests at Phinda Private Game Reserve can also enjoy Phinda Adventures and Phinda Specialist Safaris with a specialist ranger. With its unique location, Phinda is able to offer a choice of cultural and beach-related adventures, scuba diving and spectacular air safaris. Phinda Adventures and Phinda Specialist Safaris are offered at an additional cost.
The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well the rare black rhino.
Why we like it
- Seven ecosytems in one reserve
- Glass-walled suites
- Suni & Nyala antelope
- The Fever Tree forests
- Close to Indian Ocean