Phinda Private Game Reserve is an ecologically diverse private game reserve found in northern Zululand in South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal province. The reserve spans a number of different and unique habitat types that range from endemic sand forest to typical savannah broad-leafed woodland. Expect great photographic opportunities of both wildlife and spectacular scenery. Close big 5 encounters, under the guidance of expert guides in open safari vehicles, can be expected. The reserve is also renowned for its relaxed cheetah population and healthy black rhino numbers. Birding on the property is incredible, with well over 400 bird species recorded so far. There are six lodges on the property, each distinctly different from each other. It is therefore a popular destination for returning guests. The reserve is found only a few hours away from Durban, and is situated on the doorstep of some of South Africa's best coastline for diving, snorkeling, fishing and turtle-watching.

Why we like it

Big 5 game viewing; Various habitat types; Close to Durban; Variety of activities nearby

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 23 000 Hectares
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Cheetah
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hluluwe

Accommodation in Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Forest Lodge

Set in a rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Phinda Forest Lodge is one of the world’s first eco-friendly designed luxury lodges. Floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in but the dense canopy provides privacy. The dainty forms of…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Phinda Homestead

Savour the luxury of Africa’s wide open spaces with the sky and savanna theme of Phinda Homestead. Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated yet refreshingly simple, the Homestead provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family. With the warm, friendly faces and helping hands of a full complement of staff ready to welcome you on arrival, you will instantly feel…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Whether you’re on honeymoon or travelling with a private group, Phinda Mountain Lodge is a Big Five safari destination that will steal your heart with its spacious private suites, some of the best views in the world, and access to a selection of unique adventure safaris. Poised majestically on the crest of a mountain, Phinda Mountain Lodge commands dramatic vistas…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Phinda Private Game Reserve

Aspect X: Aspect BBB: Beach, Bush, Battlefields

Kwa-Zulu Natal is a tropical province of South Africa spread along its eastern coastline. It provides a contrasting array of safari options. The area has something for everyone, from classic big game safari areas to scintillating underwater scenery around the coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean, The area has a rich in Zulu cultural heritage, and is famous for…

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Duration: 10 nights, 11 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Black Rhino
White Rhino

Key Species

Black Rhino

Pink-throated Twinspot
Narina Trogon
Southern-banded Snake Eagle
Neergard's Sunbird
Rudd's Apalis

Nile Crocodile
African Rock Python
Bell's Hinged Tortoise

Lala Palm
Black Monkey Thorn

Savannah Woodland
Sand Forest
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9.5
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 9.5
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