Phinda Game Reserve

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About Phinda Game Reserve

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.

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230km² / 89mi²
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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


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.
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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.

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By Chris Bridger from United KingdomGB

Our trip to Phinda Game Reserve was as a present for my Dad's 60th, and it did not disappoint. Our accommodation (we stayed at the Mountain Lodge in Phinda) was beautifully laid out and equally good for both seclusion and socialising - whichever you ... Full review

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