Phinda Rock Lodge
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
The six suites carved into the rocky hillside, provide an intimate, cosy space in a dramatic setting with an eagle’s eye view of the reserve. Snuggled above the surrounding panorama, your closest neighbour is likely to be an inquisitive spotted genet paying you a friendly visit on the dining deck.
UNLEASH IT: WHILE SUSPENDED OVER THE VALLEY WITH AN EAGLE’S EYE VIEW OF THE RESERVE.
This is an intimate lodge, where guests are treated like treasured family members and time is shared with fellow safari adventurers, who soon become friends. Striking, fiery sunsets are witnessed from the game viewing deck, suspended over the landscape below, and delicious meals are served in the dining area, under hand-wrought chandeliers. Unforgettable bush banquets in bush clearings under the African night sky delight and enchant guests.
Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares (56,800 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, Phinda is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant,
buffalo and rhino), as well as 415 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.
With its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes and pans. Home to 1,000 hectares of 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.
Dramatically set into a cliff face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, Phinda Rock Lodge is an architectural delight, combining Malian influences with pueblo panache. Its six suites are seemingly suspended over the deep valley below, providing breath-taking views. Each romantic suite, constructed from contoured stone and adobe, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, opening onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Boasting spacious ensuite bathrooms, the suites also feature outdoor showers, providing some of the most scenic al fresco bathing on the African continent. The lodge’s comfortable sitting areas offer the perfect vantage point for viewing the abundant birdlife in the surrounding trees and the wildlife roaming the bush below.
Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach.
Phinda Private Game Reserve is located in northern KwaZulu-Natal. You can travel to Phinda by road or air. The quickest and easiest way to get to Phinda is by air. You can fly to Richard's Bay from either Johannesburg or Durban, followed by a short flight or one and a half hour road transfer to the reserve. A light aircraft shuttle service operates between Richard's Bay and Phinda. Should you choose to travel to Phinda from Richard's Bay by road, a comfortable drive of approximately two hours will get you there.