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Rock Lodge at Phinda

Tucked on the edge of a cliff face, Phinda Rock Lodge is set overlooking the magnificent 28,555-hectare private nature reserve. This Big 5 reserve in KwaZulu Natal is known for close-up sightings of cheetah, and rare black rhino, and is home to a spectacular range of wildlife and birds. Estuaries and lakes feature hippo and crocodile populations while nearby beaches are the breeding ground for Leatherback Turtles. Phinda Rock Lodge offers dramatic views over vast landscapes. Game drives are hosted twice daily by remarkable rangers and trackers across the seven ecosystems within the reserve. Specialist Safaris are available for keen birders and photographers, while the proximity to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean allows for excellent scuba safaris and ocean safaris offering breath-taking marine life sightings. With limited vehicle access in the park, overcrowding is prevented and careful off-roading practices by expert rangers allow for thrilling close-up wildlife encounters. Besides Big 5 game drives and bushwalks guests can embark on cultural tours, conservation efforts, sleep-outs under the stars, infrared Night Eye safaris, snorkelling in the ocean, and turtle hatching in season.


The six romantic and secluded suites at Phinda Rock Lodge offers guests a tranquil oasis of natural beauty flowing from the outdoors into the living space. Solid timber shutters and doors open onto a rim-flow plunge pool and private viewing deck boasting unbeatable views. Stylish communal areas are ideal for viewing abundant birdlife and wildlife roaming below and an incredible rooftop terrace makes for romantic dinners surrounded by lanterns under the glistening African skies.


  • 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


  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Rooftop dining
  • Close-up wildlife encounters
  • Exclusive accommodation

Closest airport

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

Children policy

Rock lodge welcomes children over 12 years.


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, and transfers.

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates are valid from 11 Jan 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults

Natural tones and organic materials make for 6 luxurious contemporary suites with incredible views from each private deck and rim-flow pool overlooking vast wild plains. Suites feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, a min-bar, Read morebathtubs and 4 of the 6 units offer an outdoor shower for extraordinary bathing experience. This is romantic bushveld luxury at its best. Less

Refer to T&C's above

Price R11 400 per person, per night

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Getting there

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