Phinda – Forest Lodge


Phinda Forest Lodge is set deep in the heart of a rare dry sand forest, the spectacular stilted suites of this award-winning safari lodge are an exemplary exercise in eco-sensitive structures with a light footprint. The 16 spacious suites were hand built to protect the forest environment. The rooms are air conditioned with private viewing decks and cool dark slate bathrooms. Wake up to the sight of graceful nyala and duiker grazing in the foliage of the Sand Forest right outside the glass walls of your private suite.

Innovatively designed in what is often called “Zulu-Zen,” each suite is a combination of glass, wood and minimalist design incorporating high-gloss wooden floors and crimson Zulu artefacts. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is served to you on the deck overlooking the grassy plains or in the boma (outdoor dining area) illuminated by dozens of candles and lanterns. Enjoy adventurous breakfasts and romantic dinners in this spectacular African safari destination.

Phinda Private Game Reserve is a dynamic model in wise land management and profitable conservation. Phinda’s seven distinct habitats are home to an incredible diversity of South African wildlife. The area has abundant wildlife populations including the Big Five and acts as a sanctuary for endangered species such a rhino and cheetah. There are over 380 species of birds, three of which are endemic to the area.

The highly endangered leatherback and loggerhead turtles breed on the beaches nearby in the months of November to January. The area is also home to exposed fossil sites where there is evidence of a former seabed.  Phinda Private Game Reserve consists of a total of 6 lodges. Phinda Vlei and Phinda Forest are located in the North and Phinda Mountain & Phinda Rock are found in the Southern section.