Enjoy a wonderful South African safari experience at Phinda Forest Lodge in the wildlife-diverse Phinda Resource Reserve. Located in subtropical northern KwaZulu Natal, the Phinda Reserve offers an easy-to-access and beautiful environment rich in big game and birdlife.

The lodge has stunning views over the wetland pan and offers numerous game viewing activities such as guided game drives and nature walks as well as exciting rhino tracking excursions. Other activities include exploring the teeming waterways on canoe and motor boat cruises.


  • Set in Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Excellent game viewing & birding accompanied by fantastic guides
  • Zen-like minimalist African decor
  • Luxurious glass suites tucked away in the rare indigenous sand forest
  • Perfect romantic retreat with private candle-lit dinners

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Phinda Forest Lodge offers its guests excellent facilities to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay.

The main lodge sits in an ideal position to enjoy the great views - the central dining area, lounge and swimming pool overlook the wetland pan and offer a great place to spend an afternoon sitting back and relaxing as you watch wildlife come and go.

The lodge also has a well-equipped gym for those who want to knock off a workout or two. A business centre is also available at Phinda Forest Lodge.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Computer facilities
    Laundry service


Phinda Forest Lodge will treat you to spicy Pan-African cuisine which can be taken on the deck overlooking the grasslands or around the fire in the boma.

The lodge's renowned bush banquets include breakfast and dinner and are enjoyed in a beautiful forest clearing.


Phinda Forest Lodge has 16 air-conditioned glass chalets, raised on stilts and set amongst forest trees. The luxurious chalets' classic Japanese minimalist architecture enhances the tranquillity of the forest setting, and the overall effect is absolute privacy.

Each spacious chalet comprises a bedroom, lounge and en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower. Suites also offer a wooden deck from which to enjoy Phinda's spectacular views.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite shower only
    Internet facility
    Mini bar
    Outdoor area
    Safe in room


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Scenic flights
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $605 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2019 $645 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • From the perspective of seeing animals, this was excellent, we were close to lions, cheetahs, hyenas and many antelope. The accommodation was also excellent.

    Phil Davies, May 2016
  • I enjoyed both lodges and the staff at both were excellent. It goes without saying that the food was excellent. This both in the lodge, and in the bush for breakfasts and dinner.

    Peter Leigh, April 2012
  • We had an absolutely amazing time, the lodge, the staff, the game viewing was superb.

    Andy Openshaw, April 2012
  • Phinda was simply spectacular!!!

    Aline Setti, January 2012
  • The one word that would describe this last trip is - Fabulous! South Africa is so addictive. This was meant to be my 'boring' relaxing, laid back, budget trip, but it turned out to be completely different. Phinda was fabulous, and once again I had a great time.

    Femi Faminu, October 2011
  • We loved Phinda, the location, staff, service and animals and were delighted to find that it really was 'all in' all we had to pay extra for was our spending in the shop.

    Marjorie Needham, September 2011
  • Apart from a succesful conference the choices you got us to take were all marvellous and well organised. We have awsome memories from the days of safari at Phinda Forest Lodge.

    Bo Araskog, May 2009
  • We had the most unbelievable time. Both Phinda Forest and Vlei were completely out of this world and we truly felt we were 'out of Africa" on an amazing adventure. We met some wonderful people and the staff were fantastic. We saw everything apart from leopard and even saw 2 female lions kill a kudu and feast upon it.

    William and Wendy Francis, May 2009

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Tanya Ellis

Tanya Ellis

Africa Safari Expert

"My husbands first safari experience which he booked for our Honeymoon and what an unforgetable stay! When I think about Forest Lodge, romance, peace and serenity comes to mind. The game viewing, warm hospitality and service was luxury at our fingertips!"



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From the perspective of seeing animals, this was excellent, we were close to lions, cheetahs, hyenas and many antelope. The accommodation was also excellent.

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