Overview of Phinda Rock Lodge

Set on a rocky hillock overlooking a nearby cliff face in the beautiful Phinda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Rock Lodge delivers an exclusive safari experience and is perfect for honeymooners and romantics.

This private Big 5 reserve in kwaZulu-Natal is famous for its abundance of game and the lodge offers exciting game drives and guided nature walks to absorb the drama. You can also enjoy some excellent birdwatching from motorboat cruises and, if your stay allows time for it, take part in other water-based activities such as snorkeling, canoeing and scuba diving off the nearby subtropical Maputaland coastline.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Set in world-renowned Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Dramatic views from hilltop suites
  • Small and exclusive with only six suites
  • Utterly romantic with outdoor showers and plunge pools, as well as private candle-lit dinners
Animal tracking experience

Animal tracking experience

Beach activities

Beach activities

Bird watching

Bird watching

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Guided walks

Horse riding

Horse riding

River cruises

River cruises

Scuba diving

Scuba diving

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Rooms at Phinda Rock Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Suite

    Phinda Rock Lodge has just six suites, each with a large bedroom and en suite bathroom including a bathtub and shower – some of the rooms have outdoor showers where you can shower with a view or under the stars!

    Each suite – suspended from the edge of the rocky cliff – has its own private lounge, deck and plunge pool, and is incredibly spacious with fantastic views.

    General Facilities

    Phinda Rock Lodge offers excellent facilities to ensure an exclusive and luxurious stay.

    All the central guest areas, including the lounge and dining areas, have spectacular views of the reserve’s grasslands and the majestic Lebombo Mountains.

    In the winter, a cosy fire is a feature of the lounge while beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed on the west-facing outside deck.

    In summer you can spend your days relaxing in and around the swimming pool between game-viewing activities though more active guests may want to also make use of their room’s ‘Gym in a Bag’.

    Laundry service

    Laundry service

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Dinner at Phinda Rock Lodge is a Pan-African banquet. It can be served in the dining room where you will dine under wrought iron lanterns next to an open fireplace.

    In good weather, a bush dinner is prepared where you can dine under the starlit sky.

    Phinda is also renowned for its occasional bush breakfasts, sometimes served with an elegant flourish after a morning game drive.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Liesel van Zyl

    Liesel van Zyl

    Product Manager

    This is where my husband chose to propose so it will always be a magical and very romantic place for me! That aside, Phinda is well known to boast one of the most beautifully diverse landscapes in Africa, with great game viewing to match. Staying at Rock Lodge with its unique setting on a rocky outcrop, featuring outdoor showers and plunge pools will be a spoil for any couple.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • RP

      Rock Lodge was wonderful, although they tried their best to over feed us! The room was stunning and we had some great game drives.

      Rachel Palmer
    • JM

      Phinda was truly a once in a lifetime experience – Rock Lodge was 5 star in our book! The service from the staff was beyond anything we could have expected and the game drives were spectacular. Our guides were excellent and we saw every animal imaginable.

      Jeffery Mote
    • KK

      Had a great time, no problems!

      Kevin Kain
    • DJ

      Phinda was an amazing experience Ist class and have fantastic photos on THE BIG FIVE !!! It was extremely hot there and we did the two game drives each day. Had lovely company… young couple from Durban and an English couple. Had great fun!

      Dolores Jordan
    • DJ

      Phinda was an amazing experience Ist class and have fantastic photos on THE BIG FIVE !!! It was extremely hot there and we did the two game drives each day. Had lovely company… young couple from Durban and an English couple. Had great fun!

      Dolores Jordan