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      Phinda Forest Lodge

      In the Heart of a Rare and Beautiful Dry Sand Forest

      Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares (56 800 acres) of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, including that of cheetahs, Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhinos, and 415 bird species. Phinda is described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, with its seven distinct habitats - a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. Phinda is a wilderness sanctuary where intimate encounters and rare discoveries can be experienced firsthand. With unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs nearby, and an abundance of wildlife, Phinda offers the perfect bush and beach adventure. Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry-sand forest, the spectacular Forest Lodge at Phinda fuses architectural design and conservation. The creation of this award-winning safari lodge was an exemplary exercise in building eco-sensitive structures with a light footprint (not one tree was felled during construction). Inventively designed in Zulu Zen style, each handcrafted, glass-encased suite is a combination of glass, wood and minimalist design incorporating high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics and crimson Zulu artifacts. These 16 private stilted suites each feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms with slate hand basins, and viewing decks where guests can awake to the sight of graceful nyala and duiker outside the glass walls. Unwind in the lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, or relax in the lodge sitting areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains. Explore the pristine sanctuary of Phinda with a fascinating game drive, offered twice daily and accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker team, eager to expand your knowledge of the wilderness and share in your wildlife encounter experiences. Explore on foot and get even closer to Phinda’s incredible diversity with an interpretive bush walk experience, or glide along the Mzinene River and experience the wild along tranquil, cool waters as you take in the vast wilderness around you. Enjoy scuba diving adventures, a luxury walking safari, a black rhino tracking experience, horse riding trails in the bush, specialist birding or even take part in a leopard research specialist safari at an additional cost.

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      Availability & Pricing

      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $800 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, South Africa
      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • # of Beds: 32 beds
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Wi-Fi
      • Type: Lodge
      • Included: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, house brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, safari activities: game drives, refreshments on game drives, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), Mzinene river boat cruise, canoeing on the Mzinene River, outdoor dining, sundowners, laundry, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip, medical evacuation insurance
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        Additional Cost:
        Curio shop purchases, champagne, congnac, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, private vehicles (subject to availability), Maputaland Beach Adventure, Indian Ocean scuba safari, Black Rhino tracking on foot, turtle nesting adventure (November - February), swimming with Whale Sharks, Zulu Village tour, scenic helicopter tours, spa treatments

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