Phinda Mountain Lodge

Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

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Phinda Mountain Lodge

With glamorous guest areas and spellbinding views, this bold and stylish lodge will truly make you feel on top of the world. Magnificent private verandas attached to each suite ensure that there’s no shortage of spectacular locations to drink in the natural luxury of the sensational setting.

UNLEASH IT: AT THIS BOLD & STYLISH LODGE WITH GLAMOROUS GUEST AREAS AND SPELLBINDING VIEWS.
 

We Love
  • Day and night game drives, walking safaris, river cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River
  • Spectacular views over the Ubombo Mountains
  • Ideal for families – specialised children’s programme
Need to Know
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Camp staff accompanies guests at all times when walking around the lodge at night.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

The Review

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. Careful planning means that no structures in the Lodge overlook each other, resulting in uninterrupted views from each suite or viewing deck.

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. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

Why Stay
With wraparound views of the spectacular Ubombo mountain range and the surrounding Zululand bush, Phinda Mountain Lodge is a dramatic safari destination. Its 25 splitlevel suites crest the mountain’s edge, offering breath-taking raptor’s-eye views of the reserve below. Guests are greeted in the sheltered and welcoming open-air courtyard, which opens out onto a magnificent horseshoe-shaped building that holds the guest areas.

The intimate sitting areas are filled with sunlight and the open decks make the most of the magnificent views. Each luxurious suite boasts an elegant ensuite bathroom, private sitting area and a spacious veranda with a plunge pool and outdoor shower. Delicious meals are served in the dining area, which overlooks the reserve and the Ubombo Mountains or in the traditional stone and reed boma, theatrically illuminated by dozens of candles and lanterns.

Phinda is renowned for its bush banquets in natural, unexpected settings and guests may well find themselves savouring their meal in a spectacular clearing in the bush beneath an umbrella of twinkling stars.

Experience
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.

Getting There

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. 

 
Phinda Mountain Lodge Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Phinda Mountain Lodge


Phinda Private Game Reserve
A total of 25 suites are positioned to ensure complete privacy while optimising the view from the veranda. A private outdoor shower and plunge pool for each suite allow you to savour the outdoors and the fresh mountain air. Lounging in your private plunge pool overlooking the dense green slopes, you can lose all track of time as easily as though you were floating on a cloud high up above the world. The two family suites have inter-leading rooms with an optional additional bed in each.

Rating                               Classic Camp
Type                                 Safari Camp
No. Rooms                         25 classic tents
Max Occupants                   50 guests
Occupancy/Tent                  2 (only when booked on exclusive basis)
Interests                            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                             Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                       Visa, Diners, AMEX and Master Card
Power                                220v AC


Policies

Children Policy
    Children under 16 are not allowed on Walking Safaris;
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Phinda Game Reserve

Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the large mammals to the smallest antelope. However, it is the faster of predators that has a special place here. Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these rare cats. With much of Phinda dominated by a mosaic of various savanna habitats, these speedy carnivores have plenty of space to carry out their explosive hunting technique, as well as enough cover to protect and shelter their cubs.

Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success story at Phinda is that of both the white and the more endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both the grass easting white rhino and the shrub grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve. While the white rhino favours water holes and wallows, the black rhino indulges its inquisitive nature in constant solitary rambles.

The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent sight at Phinda, with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of the species. With its dark brown coat, buttery yellow legs, shaggy mane and impossibly bushy tail, the male nyala is particularly spectacular, while the female contents itself with a less flashy chestnut coat.

The rare sand forest in the northern parts of Phinda is the perfect environment for some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.  


When to go

Subtropical climate with hot, humid and wet and summers from September to April and warm to cool and dry winters from May to August. Rainfall averages 1 000mm /39” per annum. Much of the rainfall comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thundershowers. Rain can be expected throughout the year.

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The reserve is situated in a low risk malaria area. However, necessary precautions should be taken.
British passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stay upto 90 days.


Getting There

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.

Phinda Airstrip    
Coordinates:          S 27˚51.36’    E 32˚18.48’
GPS Coordinates    S 27˚46.657’    E 032˚20.942’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round