Poised majestically on the crest of a mountain, Phinda Mountain Lodge offers spectacular vistas. Balanced between soaring views over the bushveld below and the endless blue of the African sky above, each of the 25 suites opens onto a breathtaking panorama.
This bold and stylish lodge is a dramatic safari destination. Featuring wraparound views of the Ubombo mountain range and the surrounding Zululand bush, the viewing decks and verandas ensure that there’s no shortage of spectacular locations to drink in the natural splendour of the sensational setting. A warm and friendly welcome awaits families with children at Phinda Mountain Lodge, which includes two family suites and a specialised children’s programme.
Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23 000 hectares of protected wildlife land and has a strong focus on conservation and community involvement. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant, yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino. Cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals.
With its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes and pans. It is much more than just another Big Five reserve.
Light and space lie at the heart of Phinda Mountain Lodge. Guests are greeted in the sheltered and welcoming open-air inner courtyard, which opens out onto a horseshoe-shaped building that holds the guest areas. The intimate sitting areas are filled with sunlight and the open decks make the most of the magnificent views. Each luxurious split-level suite boasts an elegant en-suite bathroom, private sitting area and a spacious veranda, ensuring privacy while offering uninterrupted views. A private outdoor shower and plunge pool for each suite allow you to savour the outdoors and the fresh mountain air.
For staff at Phinda, there is no better way to spend the day than in making guests' safari dreams come true. Personal butlers, chefs, housekeepers, security and workshop staff are the magic ingredient at Phinda, with their collective commitment to creating moments that take guests' breath away.
Delicious and innovative cuisine is served in the dining area, which overlooks the reserve and the Ubombo Mountains, or in the traditional stone and reed boma, theatrically illuminated by dozens of candles and lanterns. A bush banquet in a natural, unexpected setting may well find you savouring your meal in a spectacular clearing in the bush beneath an umbrella of twinkling stars.
Bask in the solitude of your suite’s personal sitting room or delight in the spacious guest areas. The airy inner courtyard provides seductive comfort between game drives. Browse the selectively stocked Safari Shop or sip on a cocktail while taking in the views from the terrace. In winter, warm and inviting open fireplaces make the comfortable guest sitting area the ideal place to unwind on a cool afternoon.
Many of the highly trained professional rangers and trackers belong to the surrounding Zulu communities and can share cultural insights in addition to their incomparable wealth of wildlife knowledge.
Twice-daily interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles ensure excellent Big Five game viewing, with spectacular sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino and the abundant wildlife and birdlife. Evening game drives last until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Listen to lions roar in the dark or admire the small nocturnal animals. Children aged 6 to 11 are permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.
Additionally, Phinda Mountain Lodge conducts a White Rhino Tracking excursion, conducted by armed rangers and tracker, from the back of a 4x4 safari vehicle. Search out tracks, analyse signs of rhino passage, and learn the secrets of animal tracking at the hands of professionals.
If you prefer, you could go on a boat cruise or canoe down the Mzinene River, watching the wildlife as they come down to drink.
Enjoy bush walks (not for children under 16) accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals, insects and vegetation in the area.