Phinda Rock Lodge

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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.


  • 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
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • River cruises
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Beach activities
  • Horse riding
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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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.


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'.


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.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
  • Laundry service


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2023-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $750
2023-01-11 — 2024-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,080

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

Phinda Rock Lodge

Rachel Palmer

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

Jeffery Mote

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 imag inable.
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Kevin Kain

"Had a great time, no problems!"

Dolores Jordan

"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!"

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