Mountain Lodge (Phinda Private Reserve, KwaZulu, Natal) South Africa
Rock Lodge is set into a rugged cliff, permitting
spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Its eclectic design and decor hint at Malian and Spanish
influences, with stone and adobe walls and wooden shutters
creating a rustic feel.
A forest of trees surrounding andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge
provides complete privacy for the six deluxe suites.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are delightfully romantic and have
Each of the suites has a private plunge pool, which
appears to be suspended over the deep valley so that you
feel like you are floating not just in water but in air too.
Phinda is famous for its bush banquets in unexpected
settings, and guests are literally and metaphorically kept
in the dark until they are asked to follow a lantern-lit
path to tables that have been exquisitely laid for dinner.
There are special treats in store for romantics and those
on a honeymoon safari!
Guest area's at the main lodge are warm and inviting and
center around huge fireplaces. Leading out from the sitting
area is an open air deck that looks over at Leopard Rock and
down into the valley below.
Lunches are often served here and although dinner may be
served in the dining room, bush banquets at Phinda Rock
Lodge are something to look forward to.
Activities / Wildlife:
Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the
large mammals to the smallest antelope. However, it is the
faster of predators that has a special place here. Having
reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over
fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as
one of the best places to view and photograph these rare
cats. With much of Phinda dominated by a mosaic of various
savanna habitats, these speedy carnivores have plenty of
space to carry out their explosive hunting technique, as
well as enough cover to protect and shelter their cubs.
Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the
reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood
of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success
story at Phinda is that of both the white and the more
endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of
extinction, both the grass easting white rhino and the shrub
grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve. While the
white rhino favors water holes and wallows, the black rhino
indulges its inquisitive nature in constant solitary
The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent sight at Phinda,
with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of
the species. With its dark brown coat, buttery yellow legs,
shaggy mane and impossibly bushy tail, the male nyala is
particularly spectacular, while the female contents itself
with a less flashy chestnut coat. The rare sand forest in
the northern parts of Phinda is the perfect environment for
some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is
found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni,
one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.
From $650 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.