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Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 17 500 hectares (43 240 acres) of prime conservation land. There is an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Guests can look forward to 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. i.e. tracking on foot the endangered black rhino; tackling a marlin on a turquoise sea; following the footsteps of the big cats through some of the most beautiful bush in Africa; scuba diving the world's southern most coral reefs; crossing into the imperial world of Shaka Zulu at a nearby cultural village; or slipping silently past prolific birdlife on ancient waterways.
Pristine beaches have been the breeding ground for giant leatherback and rare loggerhead turtles for millions of years. Freshwater lakes and river floodplains are the domain of prehistoric crocodile and hippo, pelicans and flamingos - whilst the dense bushveld is home to the endangered black rhino, as well as Africa's great predators.The over 350 bird species will take your breath away in their rainbow plumages - as will the richness of other animal, insect, reptile, plant and marine life. Phinda is acclaimed as South Africa's most responsible wildlife tourism project, with its goals of wilderness restoration and community participation.
Phinda Mountain Lodge has 20 air-conditioned suites each with en suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, separate w.c and hand basins. All suites have a sitting area, personal bar and private deck overlooking the reserve. There is a shaded swimming pool with a spectacular game-viewing deck, African craft gallery and a well-equipped conference room (maximum of 70 guests).Phinda Forest Lodge have luxurious hand-crafted suites. Set deep in the heart of a rare Dry Sand Forest, the Lodge comprises 16 private stilted suites, a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, luxurious dining and sitting areas, and an expansive viewing deck with panoramic views of the game-filled plains. Suites have air-conditioning, Private viewing decks and Luxurious en suite bathrooms. Phinda Rock Lodge consists of six exceptional suites suspended from the side of a rocky cliff. Each suite has a spacious bedroom with bath, shower, twin hand basins and separate w.c. All suites have their own private sitting area, personal bar, plunge pool and deck offering unrivalled views of spectacular Leopard Rock and the valley. Three suites feature outdoor showers.
The guest dining and sitting areas have imposing fireplaces and open out onto a shaded deck with sweeping views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld below and beyond. Guests are welcome to visit the African crafts shop at Phinda Mountain Lodge.Phinda Vlei Lodge consists of six stilted glass and thatch suites situated in the rare Dry Sand Forest. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and separate w.c. All suites have a personal bar on the deck and private plunge pools. Intimate and elegant, this exquisite lodge has dressing rooms and decks which overlook the vlei (wetland system) where you’re likely to observe herds of grazing antelope, zebra and a dazzling variety of birdlife.
Rates Include: - Three meals dailY - Soft drinks - House wines - Local brand spirits and beers - Teas and coffees - Refreshments on game drives - Laundry - Safari activities 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability) - Emergency medical evacuation insurance VAT Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip - Rates Exclude:Telephone calls Safari shop purchases Gratuities All items of a personal nature Champagne Cognacs Fine wines Premium brand spirits and cigars Adventures at Phinda Government bed levy Conservancy or park fees Landing fees Administration fee
Things to do and see: Unique Sand Forest, Seven different ecosystems, Approximately 400 bird species, "Big five" plus dolphin and turtles, Marine diversity rivals Great Barrier Reef, Twice daily game drives, "Flight of the Fish Eagle" air safari, Zulu Cultural Village visit, A multitude of nearby African safari attractions and activities.
Conference centre at Mountain Lodge
Single supplement: No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms on a booking, any additional rooms will have a 50% supplement levied.Children: Infants 0 - 2 years: Stay free of charge in a cot.Children 3 - 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults: free of charge.Children 6 - 11 years, sharing with 2 adults: 50% of the adult rate.Children 6 - 11 years, occupying their own room: 1st child full adult rate, 2nd child 50% of adult rate.Children 6 - 11 years, sharing with 1 adult: Adult pays full adult rate, child 50% of the adult rate.Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives. Child minders can be booked at the time of check-in and activities such as videos, coloring-in books etc. are available. Shortened game drives (free of charge) can be arranged, subject to availability of land rover and Rangers. These services cannot be pre-booked.Children 6 to 11 years will be permitted to participate in the regular game drives, at the discretion of the Lodge Manager and/or Ranger.