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Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region, bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park renamed iSimangaliso Wetland Park in 2007 – a World Heritage Site – and is packed full of adventure.

There are six lodges at Phinda (including two for sole use), and two different eco-systems - southern and northern- so the landscape and wildlife viewing is diverse. We recommend splitting your time between two camps in order to make the most out your stay at Phinda.

Phinda Forest Lodge has 16 spacious glass-encased suites on stilts with private viewing decks and luxurious en-suite bathrooms. All the suites also have a personal bar on their private verandas.

Phinda Mountain Lodge has 20 air-conditioned suites with en-suite bathrooms, personal bars and private decks. The guest dining and sitting areas, shaded terrace and bar open onto decks with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld.

The exclusive Phinda Vlei Lodge comprises six thatched suites with en-suite bathrooms, dressing rooms, private plunge pools and decks which overlook the vlei (wetland system) and herds of grazing antelope, zebra and a dazzling variety of birdlife.

Finally, Phinda Rock Lodge comprises six stone and adobe suites with en-suite bathrooms, private sitting areas, decks and plunge pools offering unrivalled views of the valley below. The guest dining and sitting areas have fireplaces and open out onto a shaded deck with sweeping views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld below.

Adventure junkies will love staying at Phinda. Guests can enjoy game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, go rhino darting, and take to the skies in a helicopter. There is an abundance of wildlife, including the 'big five', over 380 bird species and the largest population of cheetah in Southern Africa. Phinda is comprised of 21,000 hectares of prime conservation land with seven distinct habitats - so the chances of sighting wildlife are pretty high.

Why We Love It
  • Phinda boasts the largest population of cheetah in southern Africa.

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Isabel and Matt are our 'Phinda' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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