The Homestead at Phinda

The Homestead at Phinda

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Overview

Experience a very luxurious private safari holiday with a completely flexible schedule at The Homestead at Phinda - an award-winning villa in the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s intriguing kwaZulu-Natal province. The Phinda Reserve is home to no less than seven different ecosystems, each offering a unique landscape and array of wildlife and plant species. It is also a conservation success story as old pineapple plantations are slowly returned to thriving bush and game like elephant, black rhino, elephant and giraffe once again roam free. This is also good place to find leopard and, being completely private, boasts low traffic and visitor numbers. The 70 560-acre reserve is especially renowned for up-close cheetah sightings, a boon for keen photographers looking for the perfect shot.

The Homestead has been configured as a modern ‘bush home’ that combines quirky details like 80’s-inspired design with local elements such as Nguni cowhides, Zulu crafts and traditional beadwork. Even the marble basins in the four en bathrooms are shaped like traditional Zulu pots. In addition to four double bedrooms (including a fifth room suitable for an au pair, pilot, guide, chef or independent teenagers), The Homestead has a library, an interactive kitchen, a gym, its own boma and an infinity edge pool bordered by a sun deck and a fire pit. Safari-loving families and friends will revel in having the space all to themselves, including a secluded spa treatment room a short walk away. The garden is unfenced, which means nyala and bushbuck might come to graze nearby, and elephants may decide to sip from the pool on very hot days.

Spend your days on relaxed, informative game drives in a private open-air safari vehicle with expert guides or stretch your legs on bush walks with an armed ranger; water-lovers may choose to take a guided canoe excursion down the Mzinene River to look out for thirsty wildlife on the river banks. Birders will train their binoculars on 436 recorded species and there are plenty of specialist activities on offer such as rhino notching and tracking, a sleepout under the stars and a visit to a traditional Zulu village. If you want a classic bush-and-beach vacation, then The Homestead is an easy segue to marine activities along the Maputaland coast such as seasonal night turtle drives and ocean safaris.

Highlights

  • Situated in Phinda Private Game Reserve, which renowned for excellent game sightings
  • Expansive exclusive-use villa - ideal for families of up to eight or 10
  • Swimming pool, massage room, gym, library, interactive kitchen, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a staff room
  • Eclectic design that marries retro touches with ancient African elements
  • Private airstrip for fly-in itineraries
  • Private chef and dedicated guide

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Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Scuba diving
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
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

Rikke Williams

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Rooms

Villa

The Homestead has four main bedrooms, each en suite with twin beds that can convert to doubles. Shades of burnt clay and aloe serve as accent colours and quirky accessories that add a sense of fun are dotted here and there.

The bathrooms have marble vanities, bathtubs, separate loos, and both indoor and outdoor showers.

Facilities

Enjoy a flexible schedule at The Homestead - game drives and meals are planned according to your wishes and are enjoyed at your leisure.

There is plenty of scope for downtime to help you relax - spend time lounging on one of the viewing decks with a pair of binoculars, sunbathe beside the swimming pool or gather around the fire in the boma with a freshly prepared drink, served by your butler, while your private chef prepares your dinner.

More active guests should head to the gym for a workout with a twist: excellent views of the dramatic Phinda landscape are on offer from this modern and convenient facility. If you prefer serenity, join your beauty therapist in the detached spa treatment room or head the library, which features a pineapple motif in a humorous nod to Phinda’s past as a pineapple farm.

Dining

The Homestead at Phinda has its own private chef who will cater specifically for your tastes and cook gourmet meals served up with excellent hospitality from your private butler. Choose one of your favourite meals or leave it up to the chef to surprise you with something special. If you feel like it, join in the preparations in the interactive kitchen – children might want to help bake biscuits or make their own pizzas. The decorative herb garden will inspire the chef to create delicious new flavours and combinations.

Take a seat around the table in the lantern-lit boma while the camp fire crackles or arrange with your chef to have a delicious picnic packed to enjoy on an extended game drive.

General facilities

  • Wi-fi available
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • En-suite shower only
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet facility
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor shower
  • Outdoor area
  • Safe in room
  • Telephone

Rates

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Dates Board Price
2018-09-01 — 2019-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $705
2019-01-11 — 2020-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $835

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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The Homestead at Phinda
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JoAnne DuChez

"Great cheetah sightings in Phinda! It really was an adrenalin fix as you said it would be."

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