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Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Phinda, with its Seven Worlds of Wonder, is home to six equally unique lodges that each complements their habitat harmoniously. Forest Lodge is nestled in the heart of a rare, dry sand forest, while Mountain Lodge boasts remarkable views out over the Reserve. Vlei Lodge, on the edge of the forest, overlooks the vast wetland, and Rock Lodge sits suspended over a deep valley below. Phinda's two sole-use safari villas, Zuka Lodge and Getty House, are luxurious and intimate, offering the perfect 'home away from home' for friends or families sharing a safari together.

Additional Activities

  • Flight of the Fish Eagle - This hour-long scenic flight provides a bird's-eye view of Phinda's varying habitats. Watch mountains fade into rivers, marshland give way to savanna and forest roll gently towards the coastal dunes. Spot the massive grey bulk of elephant and the black silhouettes of whales and dolphins in the waters of the Indian Ocean.
  • Beach Adventure / Scuba Safaris - Take in the unspoilt beaches of Maputaland at leisure. Only a 20-minute flight from Phinda, followed by a 10-minute drive, revels in the golden sands of Sodwana Bay and spends a day swimming, snorkelling or simply soaking up the beach and sun. Sodwana Bay boasts some of the world's best dive sites, with more than 1 200 species of fish.
  • Isikolethu Zulu Cultural Tour - Witness ancient tradition mix with modern life in the Zulu communities surrounding Phinda. Visit a traditional homestead for a glimpse of daily life at the Mduli ancestral home. Watch the integration of tradition with modern medicine as you encounter a sangoma, or witch doctor, and visit an ancestral home or watch children at play at a modern creche.
  • Turtle Drive - The breeding habits of the leatherhead and loggerback turtles are one of nature's most enduring secrets. From the end of November to the middle of January a 45-minute drive from Phinda lie the silvery sands where you can watch the wonders of the beach as gigantic turtles make their strenuous way up the beach to lay their eggs.


Phinda Forest Lodge - Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, Phinda's Forest Lodge is a mass of exquisite contradiction. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside, while the dense tree canopy shelters and provides privacy. Floating on stilts above the forest floor while tiny duikers graze below, 16 Zulu Zen suites blend into the dappled shade.

Phinda Mountain Lodge - With wraparound views of the ancient Ubombo mountain range, Phinda's Mountain Lodge balances majestically above its beautiful surroundings. The 25 suites scattered along the mountainside offer complete privacy and luxury.

Phinda Rock Lodge - Carved into the rocky mountainside facing spectacular Leopard Rock, Phinda's Rock Lodge offers complete seclusion, suspended in air over the deep valley below. Six stone and adobe suites burrow into the heart of the Cliffside, with solid wooden shutters and doors opening up onto a private viewing deck and plunge pool balanced on the very edge of a breathtaking precipice.

Phinda Vlei Lodge - At the edge of the Reserve's unique vlei (wetland) system at the edge of the sand forest, Phinda's Vlei Lodge offers an intimate safari experience, with elegant and gracious spaces designed for quiet contemplation of the African wilderness. The six elegant thatched suites look out onto an ever-changing parade of animals on the open vlei.

Phinda Zuka Lodge - Cradled in a valley and surrounded by densely wooded hills studded with aloes, sole-use Zuka Lodge embodies cool, coastal bush style. Four thatched ensuite cottages cluster around a central guest area with an open, interactive kitchen, a large wooden dining table for friends and family, and a cozy fireplace for evening gatherings.

The Homestead - In this exclusive private safari villa, the beauty of Africa's wide open spaces is brought right indoors. Large sliding doors in four luxurious suites let in breathtaking vistas. Personal touches and the warmth of a dedicated team of staff, including a private ranger, tracker, butler and chef, bring renowned African hospitality to life.

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KwaZulu Natal has so much to offer in the way of culture, wildlife, the warm Indian Ocean, rolling sugar cane fields and amazing accommodation. view details

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry
  • Scheduled safari activities
  • Nature walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers, subject to availability
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the airstrip