Phinda Mountain Lodge
Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa
Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa
KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Poised majestically on the side of the Ubombo hills, Phinda Mountain Lodge offers excellent big five game viewing, in the private Phinda Private Game Reserve. Starting in 1991, Phinda Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal launched one of the biggest game relocation projects, by introducing wildlife in over 22,000 hectares of neglected farmland. Today, this has transformed into pristine wilderness with big-five game in abundance and boasting six lodges and one tented camp.
The Mountain Lodge is Phinda's largest safari lodge. But what sets it apart from other lodges is the proximity of wildlife and design. The lodge offers 25 suites in individual rondavels, spread across the mountainside with phenomenal views of Zululand bushveld. Each of the suites enjoy private decks looking directly into the bush, where nyala and vervet monkeys forage. All suites have a private plunge pool, designed in a way so it appears to be suspended over the deep valley.
Light and space lie at the heart of Phinda Mountain Lodge from the moment you enter the airy inner courtyard. The guest area is a magnificent u-shaped building with central al fresco courtyard, which provides seductive comfort between exciting game drives. The Phinda Game Reserve offers excellent big-five game viewing, with spectacular sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino. Adventures include day and night game drives, walking safaris, river cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River.
Phinda Mountain Lodge KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Stay Phinda Mountain Lodge offers 25 suites in individual rondavels, all positioned to ensure complete privacy. Spread out over split levels between the sleeping and sitting area, these have large en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower. Each room has a spacious veranda with a private plunge pool on their deck. All rooms have modern style and are spacious with verandas overlooking the directly into the bush, where nyala and vervet monkeys forage.
The Camp The lounge and dining areas at the Phinda Mountain Lodge are large and spacious; the decor is modern, and the attention to detail is superb. The boma is the main focal point in the evenings, where a roaring fire and friendly atmosphere awaits. Meals are served in the dining area, which overlooks the reserve and the Ubombo Mountains or in the traditional stone and reed boma, romantically illuminated by dozens of candles and lanterns.
ChildCare Children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at the Phinda Mountain Lodge. Children aged 8 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. The two, family suites have inter-leading rooms with an optional additional bed in each. Kids will be entertained non-stop by the WILDchild program of activities which range from tracking and fishing to African handicrafts. Next day’s expedition assignments are laid out on the pillow to fill their dreams with anticipation.
Wildlife 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. Game views around Phinda Mountain Lodge is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.
Experience Guests at Phinda Mountain Lodge 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 including night game drives, walking safaris, river cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River.
Location Phinda Mountain Lodge is located in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It neighbours the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, (a World Heritage Site) to the east and is only 30 km (19 miles) due west of the white-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Getting there South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg, is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. SA Express offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Phinda via Richards Bay. Road transfer from Richards Bay to Phinda is about 2 hours. Private charters from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged to Phinda’s airstrip.
When to go Phinda has a subtropical climate; hot, humid and wet. Summers from September to April are warm. Game viewing is better during the drier months, beginning April when the weather is cool and dry till September. The wildflower season is generally from mid-August to mid-September while whale watching season runs from June to November. South Africa rains start end of October until March, with typical afternoon thundershowers in April.