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    Phinda Forest Lodge

    Cozy luxury cabins at Phinda Forest Lodge are set within 1000 hectares of unique dry sand forest in the 28,555-hectare Phinda Private Game Reserve located in KwaZulu Natal. This specific ecosystem is the last of its kind in Africa and forms part of 7 other habitat types within the reserve. Phinda Forest Lodge is one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury safari lodges with 16 luxury suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the unique forest in a fairy-tale setting. Savour the forest sounds and chirping birds from secluded private balconies over morning coffee. The luxury lodge’s communal area features a rim-flow swimming pool and spacious deck with panoramic views over open grasslands and a small waterhole. Evenings at Phinda Forest Lodge are a celebration under the stars with fine cuisine, crackling fires, and a romantic lantern-lit outdoor setting.

    Phinda Game Reserve prides itself in remarkable wildlife viewing with expert rangers and trackers leading the way to intimate sightings of cheetah, rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, African buffalo, and hippo. Besides the magnificent array of wildlife and extraordinary birdlife, the lodge’s proximity to the ocean allows for ocean safari’s as well as scuba safaris. The reserve ensures intimate, close-up game sightings by limiting vehicle access within the park and careful off-roading practices to get nearer the animals. Phinda Forest Lodge offers its guests a variety of unmatched activities besides its spectacular Big 5 game drives and bushwalks. Guests can experience authentic cultural tours, join in conservation projects, sleep out under the stars, embark on an infrared Night Eye Experience, and head to the ocean for some incredible snorkelling, scuba diving and turtle hatching (seasonal).

    In addition to Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to a family of 5-star lodges, Rock Lodge, Homestead, Vlei Lodge and the family-friendly Mountain Lodge. All of the lodges offer a unique high standard safari experience in ultimate luxury.


    • Game drives
    • Walking and Tracking Safaris
    • Sleepout under the stars
    • Infrared Night Eye drive
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    • Zulu village tours
    • Africa Foundation community visits
    • Night turtle drives (seasonal)
    • Scuba safaris
    • Ocean safaris
    • Specialist Safaris
    • Swimming pool
    • WILD Child Activities
    • SPA treatments & gym


    • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
    • Beach & Bush safari activities
    • Close-up wildlife conservation encounters
    • Luxury accommodation in the last sand forest in Africa

    Closest airport

    • King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
    • Richards Bay Airport
    • Phinda Airstrip

    Children policy

    Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 16 years are not permitted on More Detailswalking safaris and children under 6 years are not allowed on game drives for safety reasons. Children between 6 and 11 years are allowed on game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager. If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals.

    • 0 - 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults stay complimentary
    • 6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults, 50% of full adult rate
    • 6 – 16 years in own room - 1st child: adult rate 2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
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    2 x Game drives per day, guided bushwalks, all meals, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from the lodge airstrip.


    Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, reserve conservations & gate fee, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, mini-bar and transfers.

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable only from the third single room per booking: 11 Jan – 30 Apr and 1 Nov – 20 Dec
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    • Single supplement of 50% applicable: 1 May – 31 Oct and 21 Dec – 10 Jan 21
    • A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant
    • Rates displayed are valid to 10 January 2024

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Suite

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Sixteen enchanting suites feature floor to ceiling glass walls allowing sightings of small animals and incredible birdlife. The feeling of having the outdoors as part of your living space is remarkable, yet safe from the elements in a truly luxurious setting with air-conditioning, Read moreceiling fans, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar and bathtub and shower. Secluded suites each offer their own private timber verandah ideal for morning coffees and quiet meditation. Guests can relax with pampering massages and savour world-class cuisine while children can embark on wildlife program full of fun and child-friendly adventures. Less

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    Price R 16,000 per person, per night

    Family Suite

    Sleeps 4 Guests

    Family suites additional children’s bedroom, linked via a small passageway with a closable door for privacy, includes a super-king bed (which can be converted to a twin) and a separate bathroom. Suites feature air-conditioning, Read moreceiling fans, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar. Secluded suites each offer their own private timber verandah ideal for morning coffees and quiet meditation. The main bedroom ensuite has a bathtub and shower.Less

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    Price R 56,000 per person, per night

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    By Road

    The reserve is a 3.5-hour drive from Durban, 2-hour drive from Richards Bay, or a 7-hour drive from Johannesburg with all routes along the N2 highway. The entrance to the reserve is 22km from the highway.



    Fly from all major centres in South Africa to Durban’s international airport. Flights on selected airlines are available to Richards Bay. Private charters from any location in South Africa can be arranged to the Phinda airstrip.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
    • Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes
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