- Those amazing suites
- Cuisine and wine
- Cold cold beers
- Game drives and guides
- Birds are amazing
- Privacy of the suites
- African boma dinners
- Lodge type Safari Lodge
- Location; Zululand
- Lodge size; 16 rooms
- Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Set in a Sand forest deep in the heart of the Phinda Private Game Reserve with sweeping views of passing wildlife and birdlife. Phinda Forest Lodge with her glass and wood design is one of the more unique lodge offerings.
An idyllic setting, charming and friendly staff, guides who will go to the ends of the Earth to find wildlife and those unforgettable dinners - this is Phinda Forest Lodge and more
A safari lodge experience that will leave one at a complete loss for words.
Phinda Private Game Reserve in the Zululand region of KwaZulu Natal is nestled between the Mkuze Game Reserve, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Indian Ocean.
Comprising of 29 000 hectares, the reserve is famed for offering guests an excellent chance of sighting the "Big 5", cheetah, black rhino and other plains game as well as over 380 species of bird all the while being surround by pristine bushveld.
Phinda contains seven distinct ecosystems; woodland, grassland, wetland, forest, mountain ranges, river courses and marshes.
16 luxurious glass front suites all raised off the forest floor allow guests a close-up view of the incredible birdlife found in the surrounding forest.
Private viewing decks, air-conditioning, king-sized beds and luxuriously appointed en-suite bathrooms with free standing bathtub and separate shower.
All suites are positioned in such a way as to ensure absolute privacy of all that visit.
Breakfasts and lunches are in general a buffet styled affair served out on the open air dining deck (or inside should the weather turn).
Dinners are served in the boma with an open fire welcoming all, or the indoor dining area for a touch of romance Phinda style.
Keen on bushing up on some cooking skills? An interactive kitchen allows guests to get first-hand tips and tricks from the chefs and kitchen staff.
The main guest at Phinda Forest Lodge is surrounded by expansive wooden decks which overlook the bushveld frequently by wildlife. A sparkling rim-flow swimming pool is at the heart of the lodge and is the perfect spot for suntanning, relaxing with a good book and enjoying the passing wildlife.
Inside there are dining and lounge areas, a small library and that always handy safari shop all wrapped in a wooden and glass fronted design.
Wi-Fi is available in all suites and the central guest area.
Wildlife activities that are included;
- Morning game drives
- Mid to late morning bush walks
- Afternoon into evening game drives
Activities that are optional when staying at Phinda;
- Zulu village tours
- Night turtle drives (seasonal)
- Scuba Safaris
- An ocean safari
- Tracking Black Rhino on foot
Specialist Safaris include
- Rhino capture and research
- Luxury walking
- Private safari vehicles
Families and children are most welcome at Phinda Forest Lodge, special kid-friendly menus, babysitting options are available as is a WILDchild programme.
The Phinda WILDchild programme is all about fun and interactive activities with opportunities to learn and discover all about the African bushveld and surrounding cultures.
The lodge is unfenced; parents need to have an eye on the kids at all times. The reserve is also in a low-risk Malaria area so precautions for the little ones do need to be taken.
In-room spa treatments and massages are available for guests.
Rates from R8 980.00 pp
- Three meals daily
- Soft drinks
- House wines
- Local brand spirits and beers
- Teas and coffees
- Refreshments on game drives
- Safari activities
- One hour nature walks
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
- Administration fee
- Telephone calls
- Safari shop purchases
- All items of a personal nature
- Fine wines
- Premium brand spirits and cigars
- Government bed levy
- Conservancy or park fees
- Landing fees
- Phinda Adventures
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season