Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Phinda Private Game Reserve
&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge, perched atop a dramatic hill, offers an awe-inspiring safari experience set against the backdrop of the stunning Ubombo mountain range and the Zululand bush. The lodge boasts a variety of accommodation, with 16 suites, six cottages (which can be transformed into three adjoining family cottages), and an exclusive family suite. Natural light floods these spacious units through expansive glass windows, and each one features an outdoor shower, a well-appointed personal bar, and a private plunge pool. You’ll revel in the breathtaking panoramic views from your private deck. The lodge’s communal areas are designed to maximize your appreciation of the surrounding natural beauty, with a bar for socializing and an interactive kitchen equipped with a pizza oven. At night, dining is a memorable experience under the starry sky in a traditional stone and reed boma, radiantly lit by dozens of candles and lanterns. Additionally, a sparkling rim flow pool harmoniously follows the contours of the hill, and a state-of-the-art gym and a serene massage sala are available for your wellness and fitness needs.
Phinda Mountain Lodge offers three distinct room types, featuring a total of 16 suites, six cottages that can be combined into three family cottages, and an exclusive family suite. These accommodations are thoughtfully designed to invite an abundance of natural light, with private decks that provide exceptional views of the landscape. Each unit also boasts an outdoor shower, a well-stocked personal bar, and a private plunge pool. The lodge’s communal spaces include a convivial bar area and a kitchen designed for interactive dining, complete with a pizza oven—an exciting opportunity for kids to create their own meals. Evening meals are taken to the next level with al fresco dining under the starlit sky in a traditional stone and reed boma, romantically illuminated by numerous candles and lanterns. The lodge further caters to your needs with a gracefully designed rim flow pool that follows the natural topography of the hill and offers splendid views of the Lebombo foothills. Additionally, guests can maintain their fitness routine in the state-of-the-art gym and indulge in peaceful treatments in the massage sala. The on-site Safari shop showcases the finest regional basket and beadwork, adding a touch of local craft to your stay.
Phinda Mountain Lodge’s guest suites crest the mountain’s edge, offering breath-taking raptor’s-eye views of the reserve below. Each luxurious suite boasts an elegant ensuite bathroom, private sitting area and a spacious veranda with a plunge pool and outdoor shower.
Phinda Mountain Lodge’s six guest cottages each feature an elegant ensuite bathroom, private sitting area and a veranda with a plunge pool and outdoor shower. The cottages are slightly smaller than the suites, and feature interleading doors which convert them into family cottages.
Spacious and comfortable, the beautiful family suite at &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge is designed to provide just the right balance of privacy and security for larger families travelling with children. The suite boasts a shared lounge area as well as two elegant adult bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom (with indoor and al fresco showers) and two interleading children’s rooms, ensuring that parents can keep a watchful eye on younger children. A private veranda off the shared lounge offers the ideal setting for gathering and swapping tales of the day’s adventures, whilst a nearby pathway leads directly to the covered deck around the lodge pool. Booking the family suite entitles you to a dedicated private safari vehicle for the group, ensuring a tailor-made family safari experience for everyone. The family suite can accommodate up to four adults and four children.
&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge boasts three family cottages, conveniently interlinked via a door for easy access. Each cottage has its own ensuite bathroom, with indoor and al fresco showers, as well as a private plunge pool. The cottages can accommodate two adults and up to three children. When booking a family cottage at Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will have exclusive access to a private safari vehicle and guide throughout your stay.
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino, as well as the Big Five. There is also a number of resident lion prides and rangers will do their best to provide you with an exceptional sighting of all of these animals.