Phinda Forest Lodge is in a secluded setting, surrounded by nature. The desgin of the main buidling and suites makes the most of this location with its floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can enjoy the views even when you're sitting cosily indoors.
The spacious, air conditioned suites are decorated in subtle shades of cream, and each has a stylish bathroom with a full size bathtub. You'll have a bathrobe and slippers as well as a supply of toiletries. Suites are set on elevated decks and spaced well apart. The full length windows let you enjoy views of the surrounding forest without sacrificing your privacy.
At the heart of the lodge there's a homely lounge with sofas, coffee tables and paintings on the wall. Sliding glass doors open to an outdoor sitting area looking out over the bush where you can often spot zebra and wildebeest, You'll also find a large deck with sun loungers set around a swimming pool, and there's a boma where al fresco meals are served, which is lit by dozens of lanterns after dark.
Activities revolve around game drives which can venture off road, river trips and walking safaris. This variety makes for an excellent all-round safari experience. In addition you can head to the beach for a change of scene, go scuba diving or swimming with whale sharks. If you're interested in culture a guide can take you to a nearby Zulu village. There are also opportunities to track black rhino on foot, and take part in photographic safaris in specially designed vehicles.
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Open: Phinda Forest Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Rooms: There are 16 suites accommodating a maximum of 32 guests. They are air conditioned, have modern en-suite bathrooms with large bathtubs as well as showers. Both the bedroom and bathroom have full length windows with forest views. Each suite has a private veranda.
Activities: Go on morning, afternoon and night game drives in the private reserve, take boat trips and accompany a guide on a walking safari, and track black rhino on foot. There is a specialised photographic vehicle that can be booked subject to availability. The lodge offers excursions to the coast where you can enjoy lazing on the beach, swimming and diving. Visits to a local Zulu village can be arranged. Phinda Forest Lodge offers specialist photographic, bird watching, walking, family, and rhino capture and research safaris.
Facilities: Indoors there’s a large lounge with sofas and armchairs, leading out to an equally spacious deck with plenty of seating and sweeping views of the bush. The infinity pool is set within another deck, which has several sun loungers. The lodge has a gift shop.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables on the main deck, and on some evenings dinner is served in the boma by the camp fire. Children:
Children of all ages are welcome. The suites are not suitable for triple occupancy, so children will not be able to share a tent with both parents. The minimum age for a game drive is 12, but children aged between 6 and 12 may be able to take part with the agreement of the lodge manager. Child minders can be arranged for an extra charge.The lodge is unfenced and children must be kept under close supervision at all times.
Health: This is a low risk malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
AndBeyond have a strong commitment to conservation. Their Vision 2020 aims to reduce carbon footprint, operate sustainable use of water, zero plastic water bottles. They are strongly involved in protection of endangered species and actively practice wildlife conservation and land management. They support wildlife conservation by education of both visitors and the local community.