|Face-to-face with lions and rhino after breakfast, up close to a Whale Shark or battling sailfish after lunch. That''s the Phinda experience, one of the most exciting safari destinations in Africa. (Six suites)|
Located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda''s 17 000 hectares span seven unique ecosystems.
Nestled below the Lebombo Mountains of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda is a Zulu word meaning "the return". In one of the biggest reintroductions of game in Africa, Phinda was restocked with lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, giraffe and other big game in an operation dubbed "phinda izilwane", return of the wild animals.
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Phenomenally diverse landscapes lie within Phinda''s borders. The reserve spans rocky hillsides, mountainous regions, verdant wetland "vleis", perennial and seasonal rivers, marshland, pans and distinctive wooded Sand Forest.
The plains of Phinda are the roaming grounds of buffalo, white rhino, elephant, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. Predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena wait their turn in the shadows. In pools and lakes, hippo lounge the day away, while along the Mzinene River, African Elephant and impala wander past.
The forest and vlei zones of Phinda are home to red duiker, nyala, suni antelope, bushpig or red squirrel. Phinda has the largest privately owned population of nyala in the world. Spotted genet, porcupines and bush babies appear after dark. In the mountain and rocky zones, you may spot mountain reedbuck and chacma baboon.
To the east of Phinda lies the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. On the reefs of Sodwana, Whale Shark, Moray Eel, Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtle, crab, starfish and iridescent nudibranch sway with the rhythm of the tides.
An incredible array of about 400 species of birds fly through the skies over Phinda - Pied and Pygmy Kingfishers, Goliath Herons, Great White Egrets, the elusive Purple Gallinule, Pygmy Goose, African Fish Eagle and White-faced "Whistling" Duck. Giant Eagle Owls and Nightjars come alive at night.
Forest birds include the striking Purple-crested Lourie (Turaco) and the Bluemantled Flycatcher. In the mountains, look out for White-bellied Sunbird and Scarlet-chested Sunbird.
Each of the six suites has a large bedroom and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower. Each suite, suspended from the edge of the rocky cliff, has its own private lounge, deck and plunge pool, all offering unrivalled views. Three suites have both indoor and outdoor showers.
Overlooking scenic Leopard Rock, the lodge''s rough-hewn sandstone and adobe walls and ochre-packed roofs cling to the rock face. A beautiful extension of the natural environment, the rock foundations blend seamlessly into the mountain''s contours.
The suites are decorated with artwork from Spain and Mexico. The colour scheme is warm and inviting, blending beautifully with the ochre mud-packed walls ("adobe" style). Terminalia wood, gathered from the bush-clearing project in the north of the reserve, is used as a supporting feature. Expanses of windows frame views of impressive rock formations, and fill the rooms with light. In the private lounge, a beautiful sisal rug is complemented by comfortable lounge chairs, perfect for relaxing and admiring the view.
Savannah grasslands and the majestic Lebombo Mountains can be seen clearly from the central areas. An open fireplace in the lounge draws winter guests. Fiery sunsets are captured on the west-facing outside deck, which is suspended over the bushveld. You are welcome to visit the curio shop at Mountain Lodge.
Dinner at Phinda Rock Lodge is a Pan-African banquet spread under hand-wrought chandeliers. There is an open fireplace in the dining room.
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Game drives are only one aspect of the Phinda experience. There is little that can compete with our "Flight of the Fish Eagle" air safari - soaring over a bay where the diversity of species rivals Australia''s Great Barrier Reef. Or floating past pods of hippo in a canoe or river boat. Scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing are just a hop away. And in the evenings, immerse yourself in the ancient culture of Southern Africa''s warrior tribe, the Zulu.
Close Encounters: Life at Phinda is one adventure after another – you can take a visit to a Zulu cultural village, explore fossil finds en route to a magical private picnic or roam the richly diverse habitats of the waterways in canoes or riverboats. In neighbouring Mkuze Game Reserve, you can track rhino on foot in the care of an experienced ranger. Bush walks offer close encounters with the subtleties of nature and information on the traditional legends and uses of plants.
Bird-watching: Phinda’s four lodges provide access to prime bird-watching environments - Maputaland waterways, vast Lake St. Lucia, Lake Sibaya, the chain of Kosi lakes and Muzi swamps.
Unforgettable Air Safari: We invite you to gaze down on a dazzling array of terrestrial and marine life from our low-altitude “Flight of the Fish Eagle” air safari. We land at the diving paradise of Sodwana Bay. Here, marine species-diversity rivals Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Buried Turtle Eggs: A performance millions of years old is staged annually on the beaches of the east coast near Phinda – the breeding ground for the giant Leatherback and rare Loggerhead Turtles.
Phinda Rock Children Policy
Children up to 16 years sharing with parents pay 50%. In own room, first child pays full adult rate and second and third child pays 50% of adult rate.
Check In Time: 02:00:00 PM
Check Out Time: 11:00:00 AM