Phinda Forest Lodge

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Phinda Forest Lodge

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Phinda Private Game Reserve is a rich and diverse park that encompasses 28 555 hectares of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve is positioned between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site), as well as being within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline.


  • Located in Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Experiences: Big 5 game drives, bush walks, bird watching, Zulu village tours, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba and ocean safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, participative conservation experiences, bush dining, African sunsets

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Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Phinda Mountain Lodge. Child rates will apply.

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on game drives unless a private vehicle is pre-booked.

Children on game drives are at the Lodge Manager's discretion, with both the child and animals behavior taken into consideration.

The WILDchild programme is offered to children and child minding is available for a nominal fee.

The detail

The landscape is lush with grassy woodlands, and broad, sweeping mountain ranges. It is the home of the famous Big Five.

Situated between two habitats, the sand forest and the grasslands, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of a unique ecosystem and is one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury lodges

The lodge features 18 glass-walled Suites, each raised on stilts between the sandy forest and surrounding trees. The suites feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms with slate hand basins, air conditioning, and viewing decks with comfortable seating and a minibar. It's common to see forest antelope grazing around the suites and hear the sounds of birds in song.

Phinda Forest Lodge is set in 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.

Phinda Forest lodge facilities include a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool at the edge of the forest, interactive kitchen, safari shop, traditional boma for open-air dining, WI-FI in the guest area and suites, as well as expansive decks in a spacious seating area where daytime meals are enjoyed whilst looking out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze.

In the evenings, you are welcomed into a traditional lantern-lit African boma, where you enjoy a sumptuous dinner beneath a canopy of stars.

Adventures at &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge include twice-daily game drives, bush walks, and seasonal river cruises. A host of additional activities can be enjoyed too. These include cultural excursions, scuba safaris and specialist safaris such as birding, photographic, tracking, family and luxury walking safaris.

Phinda Private Game Reserve's unique meeting of riverine and rare sand forest habitats is home to a huge selection of wildlife, including lion, giraffe, white and black rhino, antelope, elephants, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and wildebeest, as well as 415 bird species.

Phinda Forest Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a unique safari experience.

Price includes

Accommodation, 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).

Rate Excludes

Transfer other than from the lodge airstrip, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, cigars, gratuities, landing fees, government bed levy, conservation or park fees and all items of a personal nature.

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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Last minute SPECIAL
Long stay discounted rates: Stay for 6+ nights and save up to 20%: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary.
Honeymoon SPECIAL
One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Minimum 2 night stay
$ 830 USD
$ 830 USD
SPECIAL - Great news, you appear to be from a SADC country and can enjoy the discounted rate shown!
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
60+ days notice will be a full refund.
30-60 days notice will be a 50% refund.
< 30 days notice will be no refund.

Policy above does not apply to flights.
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Keith Kudzai Chideme
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Had an absolute fantastic time, the best game viewing and our guide Wayne was incredible. The food at Phinda is 5 star as well as the service, loved our stay!
Everything about Phinda - Forest Lodge was perfect - except we should have stayed longer. The accommodation was luxurious, the food was fantastic ... and of course the wildlife was spectacular! What I will remember - and cherish - most was the enormous smile on my son's face when, about 20 minutes into our first game drive, we saw our first pride of lions. It was the most sensational way to begin four days of wonderfully indulgent adventure!
We have stayed at many game lodge in South Africa and Phinda Forest Lodge must rank as one of the best. Besides the great game viewing the facilities are top notch, the food was some of the best I've ever had at a game lodge and the service was friendly throughout. Recommended without any reservations.
What was fabulous here: the quiet setting of your lodge with nothing around but just pure nature you can admire through the glassed walls or from the lovely wooden terrace or the nice view you have from the dinning/bar place or the exquisite amenities, sleeping comfort or the all-inclusive plan or maybe the excellent game drives we had. It was our first time spotting the cheetah with cubs and we experienced the most unusual lion hunt: for 90 minutes we observed a hungry lioness digging after a warthog - a truly amazing experience. To improve: the boma dinner place was a little bit to crowded. Concluding: an exceptional mixture of thrilling safari and quiet and peaceful stylish lodge-in-the woods experience.
For our first safari experience, our travel agent made us leave a week sooner to send us to Phinda Forest Lodge. We understood why as soon as we got to our room. A large floor to ceiling windowed space,surrounded by jungle and peace and quiet. Excellent service, a gifted chef ,dont miss the sorbets at lunch! Great game drives with much effort and knowledge put into finding the different animals we wanted to see. The advantage of a private game reserve, where you can be driven off road to view the cheetah from a few yards away justify the expense easily. A great 2 days seeing the big five and more, in a fine setting
Our forest lodge was a perfect place to relax between jeep rides out in Phinda Reserve. All units are private, superbly decorated, ultra comfortable. We even had Wi-Fi out in the deep forest plus a refreshing pool and patio area! The main lodge was open to an area where zebras & wildebeest grazed and baboons scurried. The food was simply delicious & plentiful, even when out on safari! Loved the "sundowner" drinks each evening. Our guide, Dave, and tracker, Thocks, made our rides unforgettable as we covered new territory every day. All staff goes out of their way to take care of guests. Love this place!
Lawrence Penny
My husband and I recently spent two nights at Phinda Forest Lodge. Our stay at Phinda Forest Lodge was fabulous. Our accommodation in our glass walled chalet was exceptional. The food was very good although we think that the continental breakfast could have been a bit more substantial. We had dinner in the Boma on the last night of our stay and that was a real treat. The food prepared by the chef, David, was delicious. The morning and evening game drives were enjoyable. We saw the magnificent seven within 24 hours of our stay at the lodge. The amount of game appeared to be a bit sparse compared to what we have seen before at other game reserves, perhaps it had something to do with the time of year. All in all a highly enjoyable stay.
Our experience at Phinda Forest Lodge was incredible. We saw amazingly beautiful settings with wildlife grazing so close to our safari vehicle that we simply could not believe it! Lions & cheetahs walked extremely close to us yet ignored our vehicle - we were totally fascinated that this could happen. We watched in awe as lionesses hunted & then ate their prey in the thicket. Our ranger, David, and his tracker, Thoks, were fabulous about finding all the game that we would want to see - even the elusive black rhino! We could not believe it. They made the whole experience at Phinda outstanding because of their terrific personalities & great knowledge about the game & the birds & plants. It was the best being on the game drives with them. Stopping for sundowners were, needless to say, what we looked forward to also! The rooms at Phinda were to die for! Fabulous beds, bathrooms & surrounded by nature that you could actually see through the glass walls. The food was delicious. We really had to stop ourselves from eating too much. We highly recommend it for couples that want a romantic, luxury African experience.
This secluded lodge in the sand forest of Phinda was truly a fabulous experience. Wonderful cabins that disappear into the bush, and you can choose whether to shut out the night with curtains and air conditioning or leave the windows open for ventilation and listen to the hyenas whooping it up. We chose the latter, and were rewarded with the most wonderful night noises (the mosquitoes stayed outside behind the screens). The bush experience was the best we have ever had in many years of bush breaks, largely because of the skill, sensitivity and determination of our ranger, Ross, and tracker, Musi. Ross showed us elements of the bush that no other ranger has ever bothered with, and his patience and doggedness rewarded us with many rare and wonderful sights, including two lionesses who are raising their cubs together. Thank you, Ross, for making this a unique experience. The food, service and general ambience of the lodge could not be faulted, and the forest picnic on our last night was magical. We will definitely go back, and back, and back.
Bev Anne
From the moment we arrived until we left, this was an outstanding experience. The food was quality, the room was like a dream, a glass castle in the first. The safari adventure was the best. Our guide Sam was fabulous, we saw the big five and lots more. I loved every minute staying here. This was an experience I will cherish for ever.
Everything about Phinda - Forest Lodge was perfect - except we should have stayed longer. The accommodation was luxurious, the food was fantastic ... and of course the wildlife was spectacular! What I will remember - and cherish - most was the enormous smile on my son's face when, about 20 minutes into our first game drive, we saw our first pride of lions. It was the most sensational way to begin four days of wonderfully indulgent adventure!
Melanie Burgers
The forest lodge, like the other Phinda lodges is very well run. The staff are very accommodating and friendly. The rooms are beautiful and all all made with glass walls giving you direct views of the sand forest from all angles. We saw nyala's and monkey's practically at the foot of our bed.We spent a lot of time in the restaurant/deck area relaxing and watching the warthogs and other animals in the large veld.We highly recommended lodge for couples and it certainly rises up to that special occasion/celebration. Phinda offers an absolutely first class safari experience.
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Feb 8, 2023
Spending 40 years in the travel…
Spending 40 years in the travel industry and taking several Safari to Kenya, my wife and I reached out to Dolan at to help plan our S. African Safari to Kruger. Dolan handled all aspects of the planning including transfers to and from airport, plane reservations and lodging at the 5-star Leopard Hills lodge. With just a couple of emails he made the planning seamless. every aspect was on-time, and all responses were very timely. We can't wait to go back and would highly recommend Dolan at
Feb 7, 2023
We had a lovely holiday!
Hi Chantal The Summit place guest house was First class , the warmest welcome Robyn was a first class host , the day drips to the wine region and Cape of Good hope etc where really good also. Limoni apartments where lovely, we were looked after by the maids and the property was fantastic . Amakhala service was fantastic, really first class couldn’t fault it. No issues with the cars or anything everything went well, thank you for organising it for us we would recommend you and your company!
Feb 3, 2023
Delt with Heleen
Delt with Heleen, who was super responsive and patient with us along the way! Will definitely make use of and Heleen when planning our trips in the future.
Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
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