Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities.

Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino.


With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, fishing and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available from Phinda Lodges.

Family Facilities


- Sole-use safari villa for families or groups

- Private open 4x4 safari vehicle at your convenience

- Dedicated ranger/host, tracker, butler and chef

- Completely customizable daily schedule

- Seven habitats allow for much greater diversity in species and landscapes

- Variety of adventures available

- 23 000 hectare (56 800 acre) private game reserve with limited number of vehicles

- Phinda Homestead was named Expensive Places Editor’s Choice luxury safari villa of summer 2014


Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated yet refreshingly simple, the Homestead provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family.


With the warm, friendly faces and helping hands of a full complement of staff ready to welcome you on arrival, you will instantly feel as though this is your second home.


Inviting rooms designed around retro trinkets, Zulu crafts and sleek, contemporary touches reinforce the impression that this private safari villa is designed for comfort and ease.

Generous courtyards, ponds and living areas that open up to the landscape beyond embrace the surrounding bush, inviting it into the spacious interiors. Large sliding windows give a sense of space and light. Beds are positioned to face the waking bush but there's no need to jump out of bed early - with a dedicated game ranger and tracker, as well as a private game drive vehicle, guests set their own game drive times.


The focus is on stylish comfort, coupled with genuine hospitality from the personal chef and butler. An interactive kitchen prepares communal meals shared with special people around a spacious table or savoured as a delectable picnic on an extended game drive.


Open viewing decks look out onto magnificent bush views, while the sparkling swimming pool is surrounded by loungers with plump cushions. A small but well equipped gym boasts incredible view of the wilderness outside.


As night closes in, the glorious colours of an African sunset steal over the skies as the warm light of dozens of lanterns creates an intimate dining space in the private outdoor boma.


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