Awarded: Bronze

Designed in a ‘Zulu Zen’ style, Phinda Forest Lodge is a calm and tranquil forest retreat within a wildlife-rich private reserve. Built by the local Zulu people with as little environmental impact as possible, wake up at the lodge to the sounds and dappled light of the forest from the comfort of private floor-to-ceiling glass suites.


Plan your journey

Location

The lodge sits within a sand forest in the 23,000 hectare Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. With the Indian Ocean on one side and the Ubombo Mountains on the other, the reserve consists of seven diverse ecosystems where all Big Five can be spotted, as well as a number of marine and bird species. Explore the grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, forests, marshes, pans and mountains of the reserve in drives and walks.

Rooms

16 glass suites are elevated on stilts and made private by towering torchwood trees. With minimalist architectural design, the huge interiors maintain an African feel with dark wooden furnishings and a lounge space decorated with colourful art. Large outdoor decks sit at the front of the space for forest and wildlife views and en-suites have bathtubs and showers.

Communal Areas

Reached by pathways through the forest, the main area is open-sided with a lounge and dining space full of L-shaped sofas, glass coffee tables and a fireplace. Interesting artefacts are laid throughout and the space leads to a deck where guests can watch for plains game in the open meadow. A swimming pool forms the focal point of the lodge, surrounded by loungers and next to a small bar to keep you refreshed throughout the day.

Activities

Take morning and afternoon game drives through the seven ecosystems of the reserve in search of the Big Five and a number of smaller predators. Take bush walks with experienced guides to learn of the small life inhabiting the reserve and even go in search of the black rhino on walking safaris.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Three meals daily
Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees and refreshments on game drives
Safari activities
One hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
Complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars per room for use during your stay
Laundry

When to go

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SUMMER

A humid and hot time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms. With ample water sources, wildlife does tend to be more dispersed during these months, vegetation is also a little thicker – so unfortunately not an ideal for period game viewing.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER

A humid and hot time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms. With ample water sources, wildlife does tend to be more dispersed during these months, vegetation is also a little thicker – so unfortunately not an ideal for period game viewing.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

AUTUMN

Temperatures begin to drop with pleasant midday highs and cool mornings. The likelihood of rainfall also declines during this period, ultimately improving the chances of good game viewing opportunities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

AUTUMN

Temperatures begin to drop with pleasant midday highs and cool mornings. The likelihood of rainfall also declines during this period, ultimately improving the chances of good game viewing opportunities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

AUTUMN

Temperatures begin to drop with pleasant midday highs and cool mornings. The likelihood of rainfall also declines during this period, ultimately improving the chances of good game viewing opportunities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities. The winter months mark the best time to visit this region, as the wildlife becomes more concentrated around the few remaining water sources.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

WINTER

The driest months of the year, with barely any rainfall and blue skies dominating. Midday temperatures are very pleasant, averaging around 25°C/77°F. Mornings can be cool, so worth packing warm clothes should you wish to take in any outdoor activities. The winter months mark the best time to visit this region, as the wildlife becomes more concentrated around the few remaining water sources.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SPRING

Temperatures begin to rise once again, as do the chances of rain. As soon as the first rains arrive the landscape transforms, which can be a beautiful sight to witness. These rains do however disperse wildlife, decreasing the likelihood of good sightings. The first true rainfall can arrive at any period over these months but is obviously more likely by October.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SPRING

Temperatures begin to rise once again, as do the chances of rain. As soon as the first rains arrive the landscape transforms, which can be a beautiful sight to witness. These rains do however disperse wildlife, decreasing the likelihood of good sightings. The first true rainfall can arrive at any period over these months but is obviously more likely by October.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER

A humid and hot time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms. With ample water sources, wildlife does tend to be more dispersed during these months, vegetation is also a little thicker – so unfortunately not an ideal for period game viewing.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

SUMMER

A humid and hot time of the year, with days predominately over 30°C/86°F. This period of the year is also the wettest, though rainfall usually comes in the form of short afternoon thunderstorms. With ample water sources, wildlife does tend to be more dispersed during these months, vegetation is also a little thicker – so unfortunately not an ideal for period game viewing.

With its location along the Indian Ocean KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and warm largely dry winters.

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