An older, more traditional style game lodge, exclusive use central area and separate suites all looking onto a water hole which attracts game.
Reserve: Phinda Private Game Reserve
&Beyond Phinda Vlei
An intimate lodge opening out onto savannah which is good for game viewing, spacious rooms with plunge pools from which the elephants drink regularly.
&Beyond Phinda Rock
Recently re-opened, big suites are dramatically perched on the cliff face with cosy earthy grey interiors, plunge pools and outdoor showers looking out over the valley. And Phinda’s diverse ecosystems to explore. A magnificent camp.
&Beyond Phinda Mountain
Large camp with a family vibe (there’s a special kids programme); big suites with plunge pools.
&Beyond Phinda Homestead
Elegant and relaxed exclusive villa contained in one building, currently closed for rebuild.
&Beyond Phinda Forest
Suites built like glass boxes in the sand forest – this is a remarkable place, peaceful and tranquil in the dappled light.
I like this area for the variety of habitat for wildlife – forests, plains, mountains, wetlands – and it’s close to unspoilt beaches for a safari & beach combo. Downside is reserves are smaller, so the herds are smaller, and denser vegetation can make sightings more difficult. Camps are very comfortable, with pools, a/c and the lux trimmings. Malaria is on the decline here and some reserves are malaria free. South Africa.