Overview of Phinda Mountain Lodge

Enjoy a unique safari experience at Phinda Mountain Lodge, set in the beautiful mountains of the Phinda Private Game Reserve – a large protected wildlife area in South Africa’s kwaZulu-Natal. From your lofty mountain-top position, enjoy commanding views of the Lebombo Mountains and the dramatic surrounding landscape.

This Big 5 private reserve is famous for its excellent game viewing. Guided game drives and nature walks offer guests great animal sighting opportunities, and you can also go rhino tracking and enjoy some amazing bird watching. Other activities include Zulu village tours and night-time turtle nesting adventures (between November and January).

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Located in the superb Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Stunning mountain-top location with great views over the reserve
  • Big 5 game including the elusive cheetah & black rhino
  • Enjoy starlit dinners & bush breakfasts
  • Beautifully designed & decorated suites - all with outdoor showers & plunge pools
  • Fantastic family lodge, children of all ages are welcome
  • See nesting leatherback & loggerhead turtles between November & January

Animal tracking experience

Bird watching


Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Horse riding

River cruises

Scenic flights

Scuba diving


Specialist guides

Rooms at Phinda Mountain Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Phinda Mountain Lodge has 20 spacious split-level suites, each a with a lounge and en suite bathroom opening onto a private deck and plunge pool. The air-conditioned suites offer beautiful views over the reserve and surrounding mountains. Paved pathways lead down the mountainside from the main lodge to the chalets.

    General Facilities

    Phinda Mountain Lodge offers a number of facilities to be enjoyed in its beautiful mountain setting.

    All guest areas, including the dining area, lounge, shaded terrace and bar lead out to cool verandas with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains.

    You can enjoy cooling off in the shaded swimming pool or view passing wildlife from the comfort of the lookout deck. Guests who need to work up an appetite might want to make use of the lodge’s well-equipped gym.

    Computer facilities

    Laundry service

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available


    The à la carte restaurant at Phinda Mountain Lodge offers a variety of delicious meals for you to enjoy. Lunch is served either on the shaded terrace, on the patio or in the dining room.

    Dinner on the other hand is served under the stars in the open-air boma.

    You can also enjoy a bush breakfast or a candlelit dinner out in the wild – just ask the staff at the lodge and they’ll be happy to organise it for you.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Tracy Payne

    Tracy Payne

    Head of Operations

    My fondest memory of visiting Phinda Mountain was the surprise bush dinner. There is nothing quite like having dinner under the stars in the middle of the African bush!

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