Overview – Phinda GR

Phinda is Kwazulu Natal's best private game reserve. It is on a par with some of the best reserves in the popular Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, except that it is fully fenced and thus not part of a greater ecosystem. All of the Big Five are easily spotted. The reserve's flagship species is cheetah and sightings of this gracious big cat are unsurpassed.

Best Time to Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season None (Higher rates apply during school holidays)
Size 230km² / 89mi²
Altitude 48-112m / 157-367ft

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent wildlife viewing with all of the Big Five present
  • Open-vehicle game drives with top guides
  • Night drives and walking safaris available
  • Several luxury lodges belonging to the &Beyond group to choose from
  • Only very expensive, fully inclusive packages available
  • Big emphasis on ticking off flagship species
  • Fenced environment doesn't offer an experience as authentic as in large ecosystems

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Wildlife

Phinda offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the country. All big safari animals, including the Big Five, are usually spotted on a two-night stay. Aside from the Big Five, there is a major focus on cheetah, as Phinda is renowned for its sightings of this big cat. Both rhino species are present and regularly spotted.

Scenery

Four different lodges have been positioned to experience the different habitats within the park. Forest Lodge is set deep in the heart of the rare, dry sand forest, while Mountain Lodge looks out over the reserve from the top of a koppie. Vlei Lodge overlooks the vast wetland and Rock Lodge sits suspended over a deep valley below.

Weather & Climate

Phinda Game Reserve has a sub-tropical climate that brings plenty of humidity and rain during the summer period (October to April). February is by far the stickiest month, with the heat and precipitation at their highest. By contrast, winter (May to September) is hot but not sweltering, with things cooling right down at night.

Best Time to Visit

You can see animals at any time of year at Phinda, but the drier months (May to September) have the best conditions for wildlife watching. There’s little rain, and as a consequence the undergrowth recedes, so animals are easier to spot. They also make their way to local waterholes and rivers, as other water sources have dried up. That said, the rainy months (October to April) are when you’ll see migrating birds and newborn animals.

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Phinda – practically perfect private preserve
4/5

&Beyond used to be called the CC Africa and before that, the Conservation Corporation. In that guise, they were amongst the very first pioneers of Africa’s great tourism success story, marrying restoration of derelict land, the...

Latest User Review
Great tour, beatiful landscape, adventurous, great ranger.
4/5

We went there for a gamedrive with ranger Sam and he was very determined to let us see the beauty of the park and all the wildlife. We were looking for the Leopard and he didn't stop until he had find one. Beatiful spots in a very beatiful...