Set in rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Phinda Forest Lodge is one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury lodges. These exclusive suites have been built in a certain way to ensure absolute privacy.
Phinda Forest Lodge is a &Beyond property proudly presented and recommended to you on this website by African Safari Group, a reseller of a select group of premium travel experiences. ASG is not affiliated with &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge. Learn more about African Safari Group.
The luxurious 16 air-conditioned glass suites at the Forest Lodge are on stilts and appear to float between the rare Sand Forest floor and the great Torchwood trees. Floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in but the dense canopy provides privacy. The dainty forms of dwarf forest antelope dart among and below the suites, raised on stilts to float between the sandy forest floor and the leafy canopy above. Waking up to rustling forest sounds and bird song, surrounded by delicate leaf-filtered light, a pervading sense of peace and calm will set the tone for your entire day.
16 AIRY LUXURIOUS GLASS SUITES
PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
EXCEPTIONAL BIG FIVE VIEWING
AWARD WINNING & EXCELLENT RATED
PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, fishing and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available from Phinda.
24 hour front desk
16 LUXURY SUITES
FROM $612 (R7,920) PER PERSON SHARING
Indoor / Outdoor Shower
Tea and coffee making facilities
Designers of Phinda Forest Lodge have created a soothing atmosphere of Zulu Zen.
The luxurious air-conditioned glass suites ensure the privacy of your retreat, that appear to float between the rare Sand Forest floor and the great Torchwood trees. The suites are a classy and exquisite combination of glass, timbers and fabrics.
The Forest Suites offer elegant bedroom, lounge area, en-suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Enjoy spectacular game viewing from comfortable private wooden decks.
WHY STAY IN PHINDA FOREST LODGE
- Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an
impressive 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
- One of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences: home to Africa’s Big Five, as well as 436 bird species.
- Listed among the top 100 hotels & resorts
in the world at the Condé Nast Traveler (US) Readers’ Choice Awards and featured among the top 12 resorts in south africa
- 16 air-conditioned luxury glass suites featuring rim-flow swimming pool at the edge of the forest, interactive kitchen, safari shop and traditional boma for open-air dining. Gym in a bag available on request.
- Floor to ceiling glass walls allow close-up views of small animals and birds
- Guests have the opportunity to enjoy exciting game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach
RATES & SPECIALS
01 JANUARY – 31 DECEMBER 2017
LUXURY SUITES FROM $587 (R7,920) PER PERSON SHARING
THE ALL-INCLUSIVE RATE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDES:
Two safaris daily
VAT at 14%
Selection of local beverages
Game drive refreshments & snacks
Prepare for daily game drives in an open safari vehicle, in the early morning and late afternoon, in search of animals – both large and small. Paired with local trackers, experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers ensure a first class safari experience. They will navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings. Close encounters are guaranteed. Expect terrific photographic opportunities of The Big Five and 436 bird species – a treat for keen birders!
LUXURY WALKING SAFARI
On the morning environmental awareness walking safari you can be part of a small group that sets out on foot after breakfast. The walk is an opportunity to feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet.
MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES
Africa’s big game abounds in the area and each day brings something different, as you explore
the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open, state-of-the-art Land Rover.
SPECIALIST BIRDING SAFARI
With a special birding ranger at your side, you can go in search of nearly 436 bird of species that live in the habitats of Phinda.
BLACK RHINO TRACKING ON FOOT
Grab some walking shoes and spend a pleasant and exciting morning tracking rare black rhino with an experienced ranger.
One of the many joys of a safari is photographing the incredible wildlife. Our guests can hire camera equipment to allow them the chance to take amazing action shots and close ups of our famous inhabitants.
ENDANGERED WILD CATS PROJECT
Take a guided tour of a rehabilitation and breeding centre for South Africa’s endangered wild cat species, including caracal, African wild cat, serval and cheetah.
INDIAN OCEAN SCUBA SAFARI
Recognised as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, Sodwana Bay offers an abundance of fish and marine life throughout the year. The gullies, ledges and pinnacles of the coral reef are home to more than 1 200 fascinating fish species.
TURTLE NESTING ADVENTURE
For four months during the southern hemisphere summer, the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their precious eggs in the sand.
ZULU VILLAGE TOUR
Be invited into an authentic Zulu homestead, visit the training school of a local sangoma, or traditional healer, and shop for exquisite handicrafts in the community surrounding Phinda.
A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
Spend the night sleeping directly beneath the stars in the heart of the bush on this thrilling overnight adventure. You arrive at a clearing in the middle of the bush as the sun sets – to plush beds with blankets and comforters, netting and more.
REAL CLIENT REVIEWS
PHINDA FOREST LODGE
TRIPADVISOR TRAVELER RATING BASED ON 334 TRAVELER REVIEWS
“One of the best experiences of our lives”
Wow! And yes, I’m not easily wowed if you’ve read any of my other reviews. This is a gorgeous place, a special location with interesting ecosystems, and fantastic service. The rooms are little houses, totally separate from each other out in the bush, beautifully decorated and appointed, kind of a Japanese zen style, no detail has been missed. The game drives were amazing. We learned so much about the bush and the animals. The food was definitely 5 star. Highly recommend this experience, every employee was sweet and lovely…
“Amazing safari experince”
My first African safari and after going here I wouldn’t want to do a safari anywhere else. A truly memorable life moment and more than I could ever have hoped for. The lodge we stayed at was above five star and the food was great. The setup of the whole reserve is excellent and provides for an amazing experience. Our rangers Matt and Kerry were brilliant and so knowledgeable, their humour and laid back approach made the safari even more enjoyable. I must return here again as once is not enough. Thanks guys
“Seamless and luxurious service…”
I can be a bit of a stickler and micromanager regarding the type of service and experiences that I engage in while on vacation. My family and friends agree that this is not my best quality… However, I can truly say that the service (restaurant staff, rangers/trackers, etc.) at Phinda was exceptional and made me feel at ease knowing that everything that my husband and I wanted or may request was anticipated and immediately acknowledged and implemented. We loved Phinda and will definitely return when our daughter is 8 or so years old.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
The moment you drive through the sand forest area you know you are in a special place. The general dining/relaxing area is unbelievable and the service is top notch. Then you get to your rooms and your experience gets taken to the next level. The rooms make you feel like you are right in the trees due to the glass walls. Every detail has been thought through. The food was amazing, expect to put on weight as food is always available and it is truly delicious. I would highly recommend a visit to the lodge.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, &Beyond 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 &Beyond 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.
MAP & DIRECTIONS
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Phinda Forest Lodge
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