Set into the cliff face opposite the distinctive white form of Leopard Rock, Phinda Rock Lodge has just six suites. Nestled among the trees, with thick adobe walls and chunky wooden doors and shutters, they feel rustic and cosy. The bed faces the large window for panoramic views. There is an indoor sitting area and outdoors each suite has large deck with a table and chairs, ideal for private dining, and a rim flow plunge pool. The bathroom has a shower and a full size bath placed by the large window. Little touches like the bathrobes and the ‘gym in a bag’ with weights, skipping rope and yoga mat, are a thoughtful addition.
The main lodge consists of the dining room with wooden beams and a long table for communal dining, and a cosy lounge, both with large fireplaces. These rooms lead out to a wide, partially shaded, deck with plenty of seating, from where you can watch birds in the trees and animals at the waterhole. The boma is a lovely setting for sundowner drinks, which are arranged on the hanging wooden table suspended from large tree branches, with lanterns similarly suspended providing soft lighting. Dinner is also served here from time to time.
Phinda Private Game Reserve offers varied game viewing by 4x4, boat and on foot, all of which you can experience from this lodge. More specialised activities such as tracking black rhino on foot, photographic safaris and visiting a local village, are also possible. The proximity to the coast means that you can spend a day at the beach, enjoying water-based activities of you wish.
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Open: Phinda Rock Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is on a cliff-side in Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Rooms: There are 6 suites with accommodation for a maximum of 12 guests at any one time. They have large bedrooms and bathrooms, with a shower and bath, an outdoor viewing deck with daybed, table and chairs and a plunge pool. 3 of the suites also have outdoor showers. All suites have a supply of drinks. They are located at varying distances from the main lodge building. The plunge pools sometimes attract birds and wildlife, which most guests consider a bonus for some up-close viewing!
Activities: Explore Phinda Private Game Reserve on game drives by day and night, take a boat cruise, and set out on foot for a walking safari. Other activities include rhino tracking and spending time at a local Zulu village. There is a fully equipped 4x4 vehicle for photographic safaris, subject to availability. The lodge offers excursions to the coast, where you can swim with whale sharks, go scuba diving and take whale watching trips (seasonal).
Facilities: The main lodge has a large dining room on one side and a lounge on the other. Both rooms are inviting and roaring fires keep them warm on cool nights. The viewing deck is used for relaxing and al fresco refreshments. There’s a lovely boma in a clearing surrounded by trees. This is often used for sundowners and lantern-lit dinners.
Dining: Meals are eaten together in the dining room, with some dinners served in the boma. Breakfast is often eaten on the deck outside the dining room. Private meals can be served on your own deck.
Children: Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. The lodge unfenced so children need to be kept under 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.