Phinda Forest Lodge

The award-winning andBeyond Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal covers 23 000 hectares of land encompassing seven unique ecosystems. Exciting game viewing offers guests the chance to spot the Big Five as well as marine species like dolphins and turtles and 415 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

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  • Flexible booking terms
  • Refundable deposit
  • 100% financial Protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

Phinda is home to 6 magnificent luxury lodges including the spectacular Forest Lodge which is set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest. The eco-sensitive structures of the lodge are inventively designed in Zulu Zen style. Each of the 16 minimalist suites has a viewing deck where guests can awake to the sight of graceful nyala and duiker outside the glass walls.

The lodge also offers a sparkling rim flow swimming pool to unwind in as well as sitting areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

Getting There

3 hr drive from Durban, 6 hr drive from Johannesburg, 1.5 hour drive from Richard's Bay or private charter flights from anywhere in South Africa into Phinda's airstrip.


Game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained &Beyond rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach.

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Review of Phinda Forest Lodge

Richard Shaw & George Ribeiro-Justo

As with all &Beyond; properties that we have stayed at, the accommodation at Phinda Forest Lodge is of high quality and the property is professionally run by a friendly lodge team. With hindsight, however, we would not have chosen to stay at Phinda Forest Lodge, as, with 16 suites, for us, there were too many fellow guests, including families with children and, quite frankly, many were not 'serious' wildlife enthusiasts,…

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Review of Phinda Forest Lodge

Ivan & Mary Graydon

Fantastic. Cannot say enough about Phinda. Each of the duty managers were exceptional, they could not do enough to make your stay exceptional. The lodges were great and had everything you would need for a comfortable stay, having the rooms cleaned and turned down while you were on Safari was very convenient. A great place to chill and relax between Safari drives. Delward and Chris were our guides and trackers and…

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