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Feature lodge: &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Over the years we have sent many of our guests to Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu Natal and one of our favorite lodges on the reserve is the pretty fabulous, Phinda Mountain Lodge.

The lodge is made up of 16 suites, six cottages and one family suite, each with private decks, an outdoor shower, and a private plunge pool. In the main area you can find a scenic dining area, a rim flow swimming pool and a state-of-the-art gym. There are so many great things about this lodge that go beyond the aesthetics – although the design is part of the major appeal and one of the factors that set this lodge apart from the rest.

With attentive service, delicious buffets, a beautifully lit boma, and excellent safari guides, Phinda Mountain Lodge is a treat on every level.

Conservation lies at the forefront of this sprawling Big Five Game Reserve, where endangered species such as the cheetah, rhino and pangolin have been under protection for over thirty years. The best part about these initiatives is that guests who stay at Phinda, not only embark on invigorating safaris, but can also get involved in these conservation efforts during their stay.

A few activities to mention that offer a unique spin on the safari experience are specialist walking and tracking safaris; rhino notching & dehorning; elephant collaring; pangolin tagging; and sleepouts under the stars. Those with small children can sign up for the Wild child program that caters for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 and is a fantastic way to introduce the younger generation to the wilderness and all that it has to offer.

Because of the location of Phinda Private Game Reserve, activities outside of the reserve are easily accessible and guests can choose from other interesting activities such as Zulu village tours; Africa Foundation community visits; a Maputaland beach trip; and seasonal turtle tours.

The lodge is a three-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and private charters are available to Phinda’s private airstrip. Our suggestion would be to pair your safari at Phinda with a few nights in Umhlanga Coastal Resort and if time allows, a trip to the Drakensberg mountains is certainly worth a visit.

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