Phinda Rock Lodge

Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa

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Phinda Rock Lodge


Phinda Rock Lodge is uniquely set high on a cliff-face overlooking Leopard Rock, in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. Located in the southern section of the reserve, it forms an interesting safari destination where the golden beaches and the Indian Ocean meets bush in northern KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of South Africa’s most diverse wilderness areas, boasting seven distinct habitats sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including Africa's iconic Big Five and the marine life of the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park.

This rugged adobe-style Phinda Rock Lodge has six suites carved into the rocky hillside of the Ubombo Mountains in the lush Maputaland region. With roughly hewn stone walls and ochre packed wooden roofs, it seems to cling to the very rock on which it is built. All suites have their own private sitting area, personal bar, plunge pool and deck offering unrivaled views of spectacular Leopard Rock and the valley landscape. 

Phinda Rock Lodge occupies a prime location between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park. These 54,500 acres of Phinda’s prime conservation land has seven distinct habitats that shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

We Love
  • Perched high on a rocky cliffside with panoramic views across the valley
  • Seven habitats allow for much greater diversity in species and landscapes
  • Private game reserve with limited number of vehicles allow intimate viewing of wildlife
  • Fully personalized game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles with experts
Need to Know
  • Phinda Rock Lodge comprises of six stone and adobe suites
  • Located in the south of the Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Activities include game drives, beach visits and scuba safaris 
  • Best for Adventure, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism


Stay Phinda Rock Lodge comprises of six stone and adobe suites. Each romantic suite, constructed from contoured stone and adobe, boasts solid wooden doors, opening onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. En-suite bathrooms have baths, and some rooms also have an outdoor shower, providing some of the most scenic views in Africa. The lodge’s comfortable sitting areas offer the perfect vantage point for viewing the abundant birdlife in the surrounds and wildlife roaming the bush below.

The Camp The main Phinda Rock Lodge with dining room and lounge, occupies a prime position on a cliff to watch the African sunsets over the Lebombo Mountains. Decor is luxurious Pan-African style and there's a large fireplace for chilly winter nights. Weather permitting, meals are taken on the small terrace area which commands stunning views across the bush. After dinner, the lounge and fireplace are a popular place to sit up and discuss the events of the day.

ChildCare Children of 11 years and above are welcome to stay at the Phinda Rock Lodge but there are no specific facilities available. 

Safari Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares 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 Phinda Rock 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 Rock 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. 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.

Phinda Rock Lodge Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa

Location Phinda Rock Lodge lies within the northern region of the 56,800 acres of Phinda private Game Reserve. Located in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, it neighbours the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site to the east and is only 30 km 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 Richards Bay, followed by a one-hour and 30-minutes road transfer to the Phinda Rock Lodge. 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.