&BEYOND PHINDA HOMESTEAD
The Homestead is a new offering within the Phinda Private Game Reserve that opened its doors in August 2009. It is a luxury bush villa that provides an intimate and private retreat for up to 8 people, ideal for groups, families or those seeking their own piece of pristine wilderness. The 23,000 hectare is home to the Big Five and a great diversity of birds and other wildlife due to its seven distinct habitats. At this private villa, you need not worry about a thing with a private ranger and tracker so you can plan your safari as you please. A butler will see to your every need while a chef will cater to your culinary needs. All you need to do is relax and have a holiday.
Accommodation comes in the form of four spacious suites, each airconditioned and with uninterrupted vistas of the Kwazulu Natal bushveld. Each suite has sliding windows allowing the light to filter in and there are en-suite bathrooms with separate toilets, twin hand basins, baths as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is an open-plan kitchen and a comfortable living area which opens out onto an expansive wooden deck, perfect for al fresco dining. Wallow in the rim-flow infinity pool between game activities and count shooting stars till you drift off after another magical day at Phinda.
Phinda is unique. Where else in the world can you spot elephants and whales in the same day? The reserve is home to the famed Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as cheetah, wild dog, abundant plains game and 415 different bird species! It contains the largest privately-owned population of nyala in the world and is often referred to as the 7 worlds of wonder, due to its seven unique habitats which reflect a world of diversity. And just 30km away from this virgin bush lies the azure Indian Ocean, where you can enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving, spot turtles and whales in season, swim with dolphins and ride a horse along unspoilt stretches of beach. Phinda shares a border with the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site with many attractions, and the premier place to spot hippos and crocodiles on sunset cruises. The options are endless.