The Homestead at Phinda

Situated in KwaZulu-Natal, The Homestead at Phinda is an award-winning, exclusive-use villa that offers friends and families an intimate, luxurious and unique safari experience.

Home to no fewer than seven ecosystems that support a wide range of wildlife, Phinda Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s safari gems. Expect nyala, warthog and vervet monkeys on your doorstep as you float in your private swimming pool.

Enjoy deluxe comfort at this stylish, 4-bedroom homestead: its spacious living areas and large en suite bedrooms ensure there is plenty of space while the large viewing decks offer the perfect place to relax and spot birds. A private gym, dedicated staff and a sparkling swimming pool are just a few of the creature comforts at this Condé Nast Gold List establishment. Interact with your knowledgeable personal chef when it comes to making dinner for a hands-on culinary experience.

Explore the wilderness on relaxed, informative game drives with experienced guides; you can also take a canoe trip on the Mzinene River in search of wallowing hippos. But no need to be up before sunrise if you would rather lie-in: at Phinda, everything runs on your time.

Fact File

Beds 4
Showers 4
People 8
Location Phinda Private Game Reserve
Pool Yes
  • Bush Views
Service Fully Serviced by a team of staff
Property Type Villa
Ideal For
  • Family
  • Families with toddlers
  • Families with young children
  • Families with teens
  • Groups of friends
  • Extended Families


  • Exclusive-use villa on private game reserve
  • Superb Big 5 game viewing & birding
  • Ideal for families & groups of friends
  • Personal butler, chef & guides
“Your own private house in the middle of the African bush - it doesn't get much better than that. Perfect location to celebrate a special occasion or just life with family and friends.”
Rikke Williams, Africa Safari Expert


Style & Décor

The Homestead at Phinda was designed with its natural setting in mind, from the materials used – like thatch, timber and stone - to the gently-hued decor. There is exceptional attention to detail, like botanical print fabrics showing local flora and art that takes inspiration from bushman paintings. Floor-to-ceiling doors retract to open rooms to the veld, allowing you to immerse yourself thoroughly in nature.


The Homestead at Phinda is situated in the Phinda Private Game Reserve in kwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Encompassing over 23 000 hectares and once an area of ancient tribal battlegrounds, the reserve is often described as the ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’ due to its seven distinct habitats ranging from woodland and grassland to mountains and marshes.

Home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and white rhino) as well as endangered animals such as black rhino, wild dogs and cheetah, Phinda also boasts well over 400 bird species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Unique and wonderfully diverse, this reserve provides an unforgettable African safari experience.


The Homestead at Phinda is ideal for families and groups of friends who are looking for an intimate, exclusive-use villa and a tailor-made safari experience in one of South Africa’s most distinctive private reserves. It is especially suitable for those who prefer to set their own pace, especially when it comes to game drives.

Best time to visit

For game viewing, the best time to visit Phinda is during the May-to-September winter months when the vegetation is sparser and animals are concentrated close to water sources. You will enjoy clear, sunny weather and very little rain but do not discount the wet summer season: the rains turn the reserve into a beautiful green Eden, migrant birds arrive to feast on summer’s bounty and this is the best time to see animals with their young.

Special Notes

The Homestead at Phinda is set in the Phinda Private Game Reserve and falls within a malaria area: visitors are advised to consult their physician prior to travel for the most appropriate medication.



The villa’s modern gourmet kitchen is perfect for interactive sessions with your private chef – even non-cooks will pick up a useful tip or two. Menus are flexible: children and those with special dietary requirements are easily catered for, and you can either choose your own dishes or leave it up to the chef to delight you.

  • Electric oven & gas stove combination
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Coffee maker

Master Bedroom            

A high thatched ceiling and warm earthy accents make the master bedroom a luxurious abode. A king-sized bed faces large sliding doors with beautiful views over the wilderness, allowing you to game watch from the comfort of bed. Traditional Zulu finishes and quirky décor touches reflect the nature of the surrounding African environment.

  • En suite bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Satellite television
  • Dressing room
  • Walk-in closet
  • Air conditioning
  • Overhead fan
  • Cupboard space
  • Safe
  • Docking station for a music player

Guest Bedrooms

Designed to deliver absolute comfort and luxury, the remaining three guest bedrooms feature king-sized beds and contemporary décor in natural, earthy tones. Thatch, wood and stone echo the surrounding landscape while sliding doors open to embrace the surrounding vistas.


The floor-to-ceiling glass doors of the en suite, stone-clad bathrooms retract, allowing you to game watch from the privacy of your large tub or outdoor shower.         

Living & Dining Area     

The villa’s stylish living spaces are filled with contemporary décor, African artefacts and unique artworks. Custom-made sofas with plush cushions make perfect places to relax and take in the exquisite views while the wooden 10-seater dining table is ideal for sharing meals with family and friends. Sliding doors open onto wooden decks to connect effortlessly with the wilderness that surrounds the house, making you feel part of the Phinda landscape.

  • Dining table & chairs
  • Satellite television

Outside Area

Wooden decks, secluded courtyards and comfortable outdoor furniture inspire out-of-doors living at The Homestead. Enjoy the tranquillity of a Zen-inspired pond as you work out in the villa’s private gym before sitting down to a lantern-lit dinner in the outdoor boma.  

General Facilities

  • Wi-Fi
  • Private boma
  • Outdoor BBQ

Rates are based on per unit night basis

  • dates rates from
  • 1 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 16 $4360
  • 1 Jan 17 - 31 Dec 17 $5235

Terms and Conditions

Our rates are per unit unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • 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.

Our team of experienced Villa Experts are here to tailor-make your dream vacation.

Monique Wolstenholme
Africa Safari Expert

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