&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) of protected wildlife habitat in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, including that of cheetah, &Beyond Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species.
Phinda is often described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder” and boasts seven distinct habitats - a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. Phinda is a wildlife sanctuary where intimate encounters and rare discoveries can be experienced firsthand. With unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs nearby, as well as an abundance of wildlife, Phinda offers the perfect bush and beach adventure.
Catch a glimpse of the shy suni antelope or the gracious nyala, or track the movements of the incredible and endangered rhino, following in their tracks. Observe the fascinating African elephant, as herds of these majestic and gentle giants meander through the fever tree forests or listen to the rhythmic purr of an elegant cheetah mother as she bonds with her cubs or teaches them how to sharpen their hunting skills.
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Tucked away on South Africa's spectacular and unspoilt northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline, Phinda will immerse you in natural beauty that is matched by exclusive lodges appointed beautifully in your surroundings. From the gorgeous Zen chalets of Forest Lodge to the romantic Vlei Lodge, you will be hard-pressed to find finer accommodation in the region.
Explore the reclaimed wildlife sanctuary of Phinda on a fascinating game drive, offered twice daily and accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker team, eager to expand your knowledge of the wilderness and share in your wildlife encounters. Explore on foot and get even closer to Phinda’s incredible diversity with an interpretive bush walk experience or glide along the Mzinene River and experience the wild amongst tranquil, cool waters as you take in the vast wilderness around you. Enjoy a scuba diving adventure, luxury walking safari, black rhino tracking experience, specialist birding safari or even dive with whale sharks at an additional cost.
Sit back and experience Phinda, absorbing utter peace and tranquillity around you within one of six award-winning, exclusive safari lodges. Each is ideally placed to harmoniously blend in with the diverse habitats of Phinda, offering you a truly unique experience. Take in the wraparound views of the majestic ancient Ubombo Mountains at Mountain Lodge or marvel at the sheer beauty of being suspended in seclusion along the rocky mountainside, facing Leopard rock and overlooking a deep valley below, at Rock Lodge. Discover the absolute exclusivity of the rare and beautiful dry sand forest surrounded by floor to ceiling glass walls at Forest Lodge or indulge in exclusive game viewing from the comfort of your very own plunge pool overlooking a unique vlei (wetland) system at Vlei Lodge. Experience a cool, coastal bush style cradled within a valley surrounded by densely wooded hills at Zuka Lodge or an exclusive private safari villa overlooking breathtaking vistas of rolling landscapes at The Homestead.
Combine the sheer thrill of safari with the beautiful scenery of the Umhlanga coastline. Be thrilled with intimate wildlife encounters at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. Enjoy coastal bliss at Umhlanga, situated near Durban.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve offers an exciting range of activities guided by expert rangers and trackers: