Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Buffalo
Giraffe
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Phinda Forest Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Phinda Homestead Super Luxury Full Board
Phinda Mountain Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Phinda Rock Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Phinda Vlei Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Phinda Zuka Lodge Super Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Cheetah
Black Rhino
Lion


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


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
African Rock Python
Bell's Hinged Tortoise


TREES
Lala Palm
Tamboti
Black Monkey Thorn


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Grassland
Marshes
Riverine
Sand Forest
Rocky Outcrops
Thornveld