Phinda Homestead

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Phinda Homestead

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Phinda Private Game Reserve is a diverse 28 555 hectare park located in KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve is positioned between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline. The landscape is lush with grassy woodlands and sweeping mountain ranges. It is the home of Africa's famous Big Five.


  • 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 welcome at the Homestead.

A nanny's room is available as well as a WILDChild programme.

With a private vehicle and ranger, daily safari schedules are completely customizable.

The detail

Phinda Homestead is an exclusive-use four bedroom bush home which is luxurious and well-appointed with furniture that has subtle hints of 1980s retro design. The private home showcases the reserve's rich history as a pineapple farm, and the decor depicts traditional Zulu craftwork and wildlife. Shades of burnt clay and aloe serve as accent colors, while Zulu basketwork and weaving feature throughout the villa.

Suited to a family or group of eight, the villa has attractive and welcoming shared spaces that are perfect for chats or quiet time. The elegant bedrooms feature spacious bathrooms with marble basins shaped like traditional Zulu pots and luxury amenities. The villa’s state-of-the-art facilities include a gym and massage room, library, an island bar to encourage family gatherings, and a beautiful herb garden situated outside the kitchen.

The villa also has the added touches of a dedicated guide, tracker, butler & chef, rim-flow swimming pool, WI-FI throughout the villa and a complimentary laundry service.

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

Phinda Homestead offers an exciting range of safari activities, including morning and evening game drives in open land rovers, bush breakfasts and boat cruises on the Mzinene River. The game drives are conducted by a team of experienced guides that are eager to share their knowledge of the area. With the coastline as near as it is, guests do have the option of booking excursions that include snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing out at sea.

During game drives, guests have the option to relax beside in their suite or around the swimming pool or venture out on foot with an armed guide, discovering the smaller wondrous creatures and plant life of the reserve. With a number of bird species living in the area, visits to a nearby bird hide can be arranged for bird lovers.

Additionally, Phinda Homestead offers Zulu village tours, night turtle drives (seasonal), black rhino tracking on foot and participative conservation experiences.

Phinda Homestead is ideal for families and friends looking for an exclusive luxury safari experience.

Price includes

Accommodation, all meals, soft drink, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, tea and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, one hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.

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

$ 890 USD
$ 850 USD
$ 890 USD
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Thanks to Barry, Nsika , Nicki and the rest of the Homestead team for an amazing time! We had an incredible two nights at the Homestead. The setting is idyllic with the waterhole right next to the lodge. The rooms, lounge, dining area and views are fantastic. We have great sightings of leopard, cheetah, lion and the farewell from the 20 elephants drinking from pool was out of this world. We will never forget. To Andries the food was fantastic we could have not asked for more. Yvonne, Dean, Caleb, Jordan, Tim and Leimomi say thank you !
Our family comprising of 10 came to "Homestead" for a special family holiday from 4 corner of the globe, & we all got far more then we expected. There were 5 little boys all under the age of 9, & Nicci, Grant, Mark & the trackers made it extremely special for all. Nicci made sure we were all comfortable at all time & we treated it as our "Home away from home" the guides Mark & Grant taught the little ones all about the bush, not just seeing the wild life.By the time we left after 4 nights my little grandson who is just 4 + knew most of the animals by name. The rooms with a view!! One room was made up just for the 5 cousins to be together. All our meals were well planned ahead by our very own "master chef" Andries, the food was always 6 star quality. more food then we could consume. brunch at 11 am, high tea at 2 p.m, sun downers + Hot chocolate at about 5.30pm then a big dinner to follow. We were all well fed!! We had the most amazing sight when about 40 elephants came to have a drink from the pool, they gave us a show for well over an hour. A memory no one can take away!! Thank you to the "Homestead" family from the D'Silva's & the Polglaze families. A Holiday never to be forgotten by all.
After a meeting in Sun City, a group of us went to Phinda - Homestead and Forest - to spend a few days on safari. My group was at the Phinda Homestead and this was one of the most incredible and beautiful places i have ever stayed (and i am a spoiled traveler). From the moment our plane landed in Phinda, we were greeted by the most friendly staff and they took care of everything from that moment on. The Homestead was just gorgeous and the staff made sure that everything was perfect -- from the food (which was beyond good) to the rooms (gorgeous) to assuring that everything we needed was the best of the best. Our chef for the weekend catered to us with such perfection that none of us ever left the table wanting anything more than what he served. Nikki, our hostess, was the consummate professional, always making sure that we were getting our needs met. And our guide Warrick, and spotter Josiah -- were the most fun and knowledgeable people to have with us -- we saw everything and then some on our outings on the game reserve. Our group felt like this was a vacation of a lifetime and for us it truly was. i would recommend Phinda Homestead to everyone and anyone interested in having the best of both worlds -- world class accommodations in an incredible game reserve where you see all the animals you can ever imagine. Phinda is part of the &Beyond; group and they know hospitality.
If you can afford time at Phinda Homestead, don't hesitate just do it! Even if you can't afford it find a way to get in to this paradise. 4 Rooms - All friends - top quality fun, friendship & laughter. Service, food, viewing experience is simply outrageous. Love it!!!!
We were four couples traveling together and had a magical time at the Homestead. Cared for perfectly by Mark and Nicci we couldn;t have had a better time or had a better time game viewing. I can't recommend Homestead enough.
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178 reviews
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!
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.
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
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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