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Imagine a weekend in an intimate stone cottage overlooking the Zululand valley?

Phinda Private Game Reserve showcases one of the continent’s finest Big Five game viewing experiences and displays a magnificent tapestry of seven unique landscapes. Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures.

Each romantic cottage, constructed from contoured stone, boasts solid wooden shutters and doors, which open onto a private plunge pool and viewing deck. Featuring spacious ensuite bathrooms, four of the cottages also offer outdoor showers.

The lodge’s guest areas offer the perfect vantage point for viewing the reserve’s abundant birdlife and the wildlife roaming in the bush below. French doors open onto an extended outdoor deck, the perfect setting for al fresco meals, while a rooftop terrace provides a romantic venue for dining beneath the stars.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as a specialist walking and tracking safaris, a sleepout under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive, and other participative conservation experiences such rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also within easy access of the reserve are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach trip, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and exclusive private safaris.

It was at Phinda that &BEYOND’S Care of the Land, Wildlife and People impact vision

was tested and shaped. Here, 28 622 hectares of farming land was reclaimed for wildlife, including 790 hectares of critically endangered ancient sand forest. Cheetah, rhino and pangolin are actively protected, with more than 30 years of pioneering wildlife victories behind us.

Along with Africa Foundation, the reserve works closely with neighbouring communities,

employing locally and investing in community education and welfare.

Sustainability practices are a daily priority and include the elimination of plastic bottles

and a focus on energy-saving initiatives.

EXCLUSIVE GAME VIEWING 28,555 ha (70,560 acres) of private traversing across seven distinct habitats allows for a great diversity of landscapes and exclusive game viewing. Limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of Big Five and other rare and iconic wildlife.

ICONIC WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS Phinda is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, but is best known for its large population of cheetah and black rhino. The sand forest is home to the shy suni and the rare red duiker, two tiny antelope that are seldom encountered elsewhere.

FINEST GUIDES AND SAFARIS Highly knowledgeable &BEYOND-trained guides with the ability to do night drives, and other specialist safaris such as walking, tracking, photography or birding. Safaris can be tailor-made for private groups, families or specialist interests.

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, night drives, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities.


&BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Zululand region of Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, intimately wedged between Mkuze Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously St Lucia Wetland Park), a World Heritage Site. The reserve is also situated in very close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures at nearby Sodwana Bay.

Getting to Phinda:

  • Airlink offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve.

  • Connect &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &BEYOND Ngala Private Game Reserve, &BEYOND Kirkman’s Kamp, northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Londolozi, Ulusaba, Vilanculos and Livingstone. All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza

  • Private charters from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged to &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve’s airstrip

  • It is seven-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

  • It is a three and a half-hour drive from Durban on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

Contact & Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

+27 11 809 4300


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