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Phinda Forest Lodge

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Enjoy a wonderful South African safari experience at Phinda Forest Lodge in the wildlife-diverse Phinda Private Game Reserve. Located in subtropical northern kwaZulu-Natal, Phinda 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 motorboat cruises.


  • Set in Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Excellent game viewing and 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


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Scenic flights
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
This was my husband’s first safari experience, which he booked for our honeymoon - what an unforgettable stay! When I think about Forest Lodge, romance, peace and serenity come to mind. The game viewing, warm hospitality and service were luxury at our fingertips!
Tanya Ellis

Tanya Ellis

Africa Safari Expert

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Phinda Forest Lodge has 16 air-conditioned glass chalets, raised on stilts and set among forest trees. The luxurious chalets' classic Japanese minimalist architecture enhances the tranquility of the forest setting, and the overall effect is absolute privacy. Small buck like nyala and shy duiker can occasionally be seen nibbling leaves in camp.

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 the wrap-around forest views.


Phinda Forest Lodge offers its guests excellent facilities to ensure a comfortable and indulgent 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 offers a compact and ingenious 'Gym in a Bag' for those who want to knock off a workout or two in the privacy of their own rooms or decks. A business centre is also available.


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.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
  • Computer facilities
  • Laundry service
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Traveller Reviews

Phinda Forest Lodge

David Mounsey

"Great venue, excellent accommodation and food, very welcoming staff, the best games drives."

Phil Davies

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

Peter Leigh

"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."

Andy Openshaw

"We had an absolutely amazing time, the lodge, the staff, the game viewing was superb."

Aline Setti

"Phinda was simply spectacular!!!"

Femi Faminu

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.
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Marjorie Needham

"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."

William and Wendy Francis

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 fr om leopard and even saw 2 female lions kill a kudu and feast upon it.
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Bo Araskog

"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."

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