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Phinda Game Reserve
Phinda Game Reserve is the ultimate malaria free safari destination and considered the best safari in the KwaZulu Natal area. With 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness over seven eco systems, Phinda Game Reserve boasts an abundance of extraordinary wildlife and glamourous accommodation.
Phinda Game Reserve hosts five luxury 5-star lodges on its grounds, each lodge offering a unique experience with standalone suites spread over different areas in the reserve. in the lush rare forest at Phinda forest lodge, to glamorous suits perched high up on the cliffs at Phinda Rock lodge. Phinda Mountain Lodge is the flagship family friendly lodges and has a wide variety of accommodation options, offering 2-bedroonm suites and cottages. Vlei Lodge is lower down in Phinda Game Reserve and is well known for elephants passing by and drinking out of the private plunge pools. last but certainly not least, Phinda Game Reserve offers groups of friends and families an exclusive experience in the Homestead. The Homestead offer guest a private villa style accommodation with complete exclusiveity.
Home to seven eco-systems, the African Big 5, a fascinating variety of wildlife and 436 bird species, a safari of a lifetime awaits. Known for close-up sightings of cheetah and rhino, estuaries and lakes where hippo and crocodile reside and a remarkable WILDChild kids safari program, Phinda Mountain Lodge provides a magnificent wildlife experience for the entire family. Nearby beaches are the breeding ground for Leatherback Turtles and offer guests the opportunity to embark on an ocean safari, snorkelling or scuba diving adventure. With limited vehicle access preventing overcrowding and careful off-roading practices, guests are guaranteed remarkable close-up wildlife encounters. Phinda Mountain Lodge offers guests a variety of other activities including cultural tours, conservation projects, an infrared Night Eye Experience, and turtle hatching expedition in season.
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Getting to Phinda
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.
- Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
- Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes