Phinda Private Game Reserve Lodge Guide

Elephants drinking at the pool at Phinda Homestead
  • Zululand
  • 5 Star Luxury
  • Yes
  • Richards Bay
  • High 24/ Low 3
  • High 33/ Low 10
  • Yes
  • No
  • 4 hours
  • 6 hours

About Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Game Reserve is located in Zululand on the North east Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and encompasses 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) of protected wildlife affording you the luxury of experiencing some of Africa's greatest wildlife viewing experiences.
Often called 'Seven Worlds of Wonder' due to the 7 different habitats. It is also located close to the Indian Ocean so if you get there in the right season you can add Whales' to your Big 5 experience to make it the Big 6! If you are a scuba diver, ask us to add a dive or 2 to your package and experience the unspoilt reefs of this part of the Indian Ocean and enjoy a perfect Bush and Beach Adventure

The Lodges here are well known for their 5 star accommodation and exclusivity. Phinda Game Reserve features 'The big 5' as well as luxury lodges. The lodges are decorated in different themes and styles and are located in different parts of the Reserve. Lodges include Phinda Forest LodgePhinda Mountain LodgePhinda Rock LodgePhinda Vlei LodgePhinda Zuka Lodge and Phinda Homestead
Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained &Beyond rangers and Zulu trackers
Phinda is home to six magnificent lodges, each with its own individual charm and character: Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge, Forest Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Zuka Lodge

Flights into Phinda and connecting flights to Phinda

Phinda Now connected by flights to the Lowveld lodges via Kruger (KMIA) from the 1st January 2017. 
Connect between the game reserves of Madikwe, Phinda, Sabi Sand and Greater Kruger with one seamless service.
Seamless connections to scheduled Cape Town, Livingstone and Vilanculos flights ex-KMIA.
Child and infant fares applicable on all Phinda Shuttle flights.
Departure time ex-Johannesburg have been moved to later in the day, so almost all inbound international arrivals into O.R.Tambo International (ORTIA) can be accommodated
Passengers arriving from Cape Town can now depart the Mother City later in the morning, making it ideal for leisure travellers.
For advice on flights into Phinda and booking Game Lodges with connecting flights please feel free to speak to one of our travel professionals on +27 (0)31 572 4042 or contact us with your requirements

Phinda Game Lodges 

6 hours from Joburg

4 hours from Durban

Cheetah sighting at &Beyond Phinda

Game Lodges in Phinda

There are Seven distinct habitats in this 170 sq km reserve and with an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five and over 380 bird species, as well as the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana, you really have one of the best reserves in southern Africa in which to enjoy your game viewing.

The 5 game lodge areas that make up Phinda reflect this diversity and while they all offer similar standards of excellent service, luxurious game lodge accommodation and remarkable game viewing, they all have a unique setting and their own character.

Our reservations consultants are able to advise you on any details you may need clarified, so call us on 031 572 4042 for help

Game lodges in Phinda Private Game Reserve

There are 5 game lodge areas in Phinda and 1 sole use villa.

What Game Lodges are there in Phinda?

Phinda Forest Lodge Zululand

5 Star

Set deep in the heart of a rare Dry Sand Forest, the Lodge comprises 16 private stilted suites, a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, luxurious dining and sitting areas, and an expansive viewing deck with panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

Phinda Mountain Lodge Zululand

5 Star

With wrap-around views of the spectacular Ubombo Mountains and the South African bushveld below, Phinda Mountain Lodge is set apart from other safari lodges due to its dramatic location. Paved pathways lead down the mountainside from the main guest areas to the spacious suites – a subtly executed blend of avant-garde and ethnic design.

Phinda Rock Lodge Zululand

5 Star

Set into a cliff-face overlooking the beautiful Leopard Rock, this safari lodge is an absolute delight. Its intimate suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breathtaking view. Capture fiery sunsets from the game viewing deck suspended over South Africa’s bushveld.

Vie from Phinda Vlei Room

Phinda Vlei Lodge Zululand

5 Star

Watch the drama of South Africa’s wilderness unfold while relaxing in your private plunge pool. Each suite – decorated in a subtle blend of North and West African styles with hints of Balinese influences – overlooks the grassy vlei, where you’re likely to see a dazzling variety of wildlife including herds of zebra and grazing antelope. The atmosphere is exclusive and personal, a mixture of understated sophistication and sheer luxury.

Phinda Zuka Lodge Zululand

5 Star

Meaning sixpence in Zulu, Zuka Lodge offers guests a new experience of Phinda’s pristine wilderness. The Lodge’s four intimate cottages are set 15 metres (50 feet) apart, featuring verandas overlooking a busy waterhole where a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen. Sitting areas feature built-in sofas which double as beds for parents traveling with children 5 years and younger.

Phinda Homestead Pool

Phinda Homestead Zululand

5 Star

7 Private Thatched Luxurious Suites; two sets of which can be booked as family suites (accommodate 4 people.) All suites have private verandas. Relax in the large stone baths and enjoy 180 degree panoramic views of the surrounding bush area.