Phinda Mountain Lodge (Phinda Private Reserve, KwaZulu, Natal) South Africa
Rock Lodge is set into a rugged cliff, permitting spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Its eclectic design and decor hint at Malian and Spanish influences, with stone and adobe walls and wooden shutters creating a rustic feel.
A forest of trees surrounding andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge provides complete privacy for the six deluxe suites.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are delightfully romantic and have gorgeous views
Each of the suites has a private plunge pool, which appears to be suspended over the deep valley so that you feel like you are floating not just in water but in air too.
Phinda is famous for its bush banquets in unexpected settings, and guests are literally and metaphorically kept in the dark until they are asked to follow a lantern-lit path to tables that have been exquisitely laid for dinner.
There are special treats in store for romantics and those on a honeymoon safari!
Guest area's at the main lodge are warm and inviting and center around huge fireplaces. Leading out from the sitting area is an open air deck that looks over at Leopard Rock and down into the valley below.
Lunches are often served here and although dinner may be served in the dining room, bush banquets at Phinda Rock Lodge are something to look forward to.
Activities / Wildlife:
Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the large mammals to the smallest antelope. However, it is the faster of predators that has a special place here. Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these rare cats. With much of Phinda dominated by a mosaic of various savanna habitats, these speedy carnivores have plenty of space to carry out their explosive hunting technique, as well as enough cover to protect and shelter their cubs.
Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success story at Phinda is that of both the white and the more endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both the grass easting white rhino and the shrub grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve. While the white rhino favors water holes and wallows, the black rhino indulges its inquisitive nature in constant solitary rambles.
The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent sight at Phinda, with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of the species. With its dark brown coat, buttery yellow legs, shaggy mane and impossibly bushy tail, the male nyala is particularly spectacular, while the female contents itself with a less flashy chestnut coat. The rare sand forest in the northern parts of Phinda is the perfect environment for some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.
From $750 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.