Phinda Forest Lodge

They say that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones and that is certainly true at Phinda Forest Lodge! 

Our designers have created a calming atmosphere of Zulu Zen. And there’s no need to worry about the privacy of your retreat - in spite of the floor to ceiling glass walls, the towering torchwood trees and fertile forest floor that surround your suite ensure a sense of seclusion.

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. 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."

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A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

Spend the night sleeping directly beneath the stars in the heart of the bush on this thrilling overnight adventure. As the sun sets at the end of your afternoon game drive, you will arrive at a beautiful clearing in the midst of the bush, where comfortable beds with warm duvets and blankets, as well as billowing mosquito nets, are set up for you. Pull your chair up to the blazing campfire and toast the sunset as darkness deepens. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared on the open fire and fall asleep in utter tranquility, surrounded by Africa’s night sounds and kept safe by an armed guard.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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BLACK RHINO TRACKING ON FOOT

Slip on a pair of walking shoes and spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to find the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognise rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in search of your quarry.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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FAMILY SAFARI

Designed for families with children who are wanting to experience the wonders of the African bush together, each safari is planned with the guide taking into account the children’s ages, their interests, the family’s preferences and fun seasonal activities available.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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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.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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LUXURY WALKING SAFARI

For those looking for an active thrill beyond the excitement of Big Five sightings on a game drive vehicle, &Beyond’s Luxury Walking Safaris offer an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses as you push through the bush and all six senses re-awaken as Africa touches you and you touch Africa.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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MAPUTALAND BEACH ADVENTURE

The vast sandy beaches of the Maputaland coastline provide a beautiful setting for a half-day beach outing. Soak up the sun, splash in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax with a good book, play beach games, take leisurely walks along the shoreline or snorkel alongside Jesser Point, a protected marine reserve.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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MORNING AND AFRTERNOON GAME DRIVES

Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. &Beyond's professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino, as well as the Big Five. There is also a number of resident lion prides and rangers will do their best to provide you with an exceptional sighting of all of these animals.
 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

Photographic enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can now capture the wondrous landscapes and magical creatures of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, by taking advantage of a fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle. Fitted with state-of-the-art camera mounts, and catering for a maximum of four guests, you have the option of only booking the vehicle or choosing to have an expert photographic guide accompany you (subject to availability).

Additional costs apply
 

 

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PRIVATE SAFARI

Planned especially for you, this exclusive safari allows you to explore the bushveld with your very own dedicated ranger, tracker and vehicle. Game drives can be as long or as short as you wish. Meals can be enjoyed at the lodge, picnic-style outdoors or enjoyed under the shade of the trees. Your specific areas of interest can be covered, from the insect kingdom to great herds of buffalo or prides of lion.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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TURTLE NESTING ADVENTURE

(Available November to February)

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. As the moon rises over the ocean, excitement grows as you drive along the deserted coastline in search of fresh turtle tracks that emerge from the ocean and travel along the beach in search of a suitable nesting site. Watch as the female turtle digs her nest and lays her clutch of up to a hundred eggs.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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SPECIALIST BIRDING SAFARI

Accompanied by a specialist birding ranger, set out in search of nearly 436 bird species that inhabit Phinda’s seven diverse habitats. Leaving the lodge in the pre-dawn dusk, you will have the best chance of seeing as many of Phinda’s most well-known species, from the Rudd’s Apalis to Neergard’s Sunbird or Narina Trogon.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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OCEAN SAFARI

Whilst enjoying the exceptional Big Five at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, why not treat yourself to an Ocean Safari that offers a wonderful opportunity to encounter some of South Africa’s beautiful marine life. This exciting adventure, aboard an inflatable vessel and in the company of a certified dive master, offers the prospect of encountering and swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling amidst flourishing reefs and the chance to view humpback and southern right whales (seasonal).

Additional costs apply
 

 

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TRACKING ADVENTURE

Experience the thrill of tracking animals on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. Engage all your sense as you discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning.

Additional costs apply
 

 

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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 &Beyond Phinda. Get a glimpse into the rituals of daily life and see how tribal culture and traditional affect rural Zulu villagers in the modern world.

Additional costs apply

 
 

NUMBER OF ROOMS
16

MAXIMUM GUESTS
32

CHILDREN
Yes; no children under 16 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

CHILDMINDING
Available at an additional cost

TRIPLES
None

TWIN BEDS 
All convertible to double

AIR CONDITIONING
Yes

OVERHEAD FANS
Yes

LODGE POOL
Yes

BATH
Yes

INDOOR SHOWERS
Yes

SEPARATE W.C.
Yes

IN-ROOM SAFE
Yes

PERSONAL BAR
Yes

TELEPHONE
Yes

HAIRDRYER
Yes

LAUNDRY INCLUDED
Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
No

DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS
15 metres / 50 feet  

KOSHER FOOD
Available with prior notice and at extra cost

POWER
220v AC

INTERNET ACCESS
Wifi in guest suites and Safari Shop / guest reception

PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE
Subject to availability and at an additional cost

CREDIT CARDS
Visa, Diners, Amex, MasterCard

IN-ROOM MASSAGE
Yes

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Gym in a bag available on request

WEATHER
Subtropical climate with hot, humid and wet summers from September to April and warm to cool and dry winters from May to August

RAINFALL
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

TEMPERATURE
Summer: daytime temperatures above 35˚C / 95˚F Winter: night-time temperature rarely drops below 10˚C / 50˚F

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
All year round; best game viewing from March to end of September

MALARIA
The reserve is situated in a lowrisk malaria area

AIRSTRIP
The Phinda airstrip is not registered; coordinates are S27˚.51.36’ and E32˚.18.48’

LODGE CLOSURE
Open year round

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Phinda For Less
​Save 25% on a 3-night stay at Phinda Forest, Mountain or Vlei Lodges*
​Travel now until Apr 30, 2018

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