Nestled inside 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of Africa’s last remaining dry sand forest lies Phinda Forest Lodge, one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury safari lodges.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
With its seven distinct habitats, Phinda Private Game Reserve is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes and pans. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five, as well as 436 bird species, showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences.
Magical Phinda Forest Lodge
&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge is set in a rare and beautiful sand forest, the glass walls of the Forest Lodge’s 16 air-conditioned suites offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. A dense canopy provides privacy, and floor to ceiling windows invite the forest in, with the wonderful opportunity to view wildlife roaming outside your glass “bubble”, fluttering birds nesting in the foliage and the gentle rustle of forest sounds.
The Forest Lodge’s other stylish touches
On the edge of the forest, just before a clearing that overlooks a small waterhole, lies the lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, an ideal respite in between game drives. Expansive decks in the spacious guest area, look out onto panoramic views of an open grassy meadow. In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the traditional African boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the trees above, as you in indulge in a lantern-lit feast beneath a canvas of stars.
If Adventure is what you’re looking for… look no further
Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as a Specialist Walking and Tracking Safaris, a sleep-out under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive, and other participative conservation experiences such rhino notching or pangolin tagging.
On offer outside of the reserve, and within easy access are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits and a Maputaland exploration. For the more adventurous a Maputaland beach adventure, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist Safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.