Phinda Game Reserve


The Private Nature Reserve Phinda has become famous as a luxurious and exciting safari destination in the northern Kwa Zulu Natal.


Phinda borders the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site – with over 15 000 hectares of untouched wilderness and seven different ecosystems.



Many of the species that once grazed the African savannahs were greatly reduced in population and threatened by extinctio because of increasing colonisation and land-use changes in South Africa.


Fortunately, read more » at an early state, this lead to the creation of the first nature protection areas (Umfolozi, Hluhluwe and St. Lucia) in South Africa by the end of the 19th century. The main aim was to prevent the extinction of the White Rhino.


The word “Phinda” means “return” in the Zulu language. The name was choosen for the process of the animals slowly returning to the their natural habitat.


As a flagship of the Nature Protection Programmes of Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa), the Phinda Nature Reserve is a shining example for functioning eco-tourism.


The reserve houses a large variety of species, among other the famous Big Five. It features lions, leopards, rhino, buffalos, elephants, giraffes and many other large game species.



Bird-watchers need to keep their eyes peeled and may spot up to 380 different bird species at the Phinda Game Reserve.


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Those who choose to stay at the wildly exotic Phinda Game Reserve may choose between six unique accommodation options.


The Mountain Lodge, Forest Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Rock Lodge, Zuka Lodge and Gett read more » Lodge offer finest accommodation. The lodges features luxurious suites with beautiful en-suite bathrooms, a private terrace and a charming design.



The Safari-Lodge suite even boast a small private pool with a view of the savannah.



No matter which lodge you choose: all rooms are equally astonishing!



During your stay, you may also combine lodges, thus spending time in the forest, on the mountain or in the savannah.



Although the lodges are classified with only four-stars, they are of equal quality and luxury as the exclusive accommodations at Sabie Sands. Therefore, Intosol categorises them as “luxury hotels”.


In short, they are a real “insider’s tip” for safari adventurers who appreciate refined luxury in South Africa!


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The Phinda Reserves proximity to the Indian Ocean allows guests to experience a variety of exciting adventures such as the flying-safari „Flight of the Fish Eagle", the Maputaland Beach Adventure, diving read more » safaris, riding and turtle watching tours.



Special hikes, leopard safari tours, bird watching, tracking rhinoceros and bush-skill training courses as well as adventure safaris are offered at the Phinda Reserve.


Visitors may join an adventurous game drive in the open jeeps or join a guided bush hike, learning about the reserve's native flora and fauna. Boat and canoe tours are offered on the Mzinene River.



The nearby Sodwana Bay is home to the southern-most coral reef of the world, making the region a diving paradise and featuring a highly diverse underwater world.


Explore the wildly beautiful Phinda Game Reserve. Relish the countless wildlife encounters and indulge in the unique range of activities!


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