User Reviews – Phinda GR

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MiChaH   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: May 2017 Reviewed: Jul 29, 2017

Email MiChaH  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Great tour, beatiful landscape, adventurous, great ranger.
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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 landscape

Kok Kim   –  
Singapore SG
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 2, 2018

Email Kok Kim  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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Cheetah was our main "target" sighting we got that.
Plus bonus of lion sightings (mating, eating carcass, stalking and chasing warthog and facing off with a rhino family). 2 lionesses we followed walked by our jeep twice!

Bryan   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: May 2018 Reviewed: Oct 9, 2018

Email Bryan  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Phinda must offer one of the finest guided game viewing experiences available in South Africa.
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Our stay at Phinda in one of the beautiful game lodges in the Sand Forest section was an amazing experience. Phinda has a fascinating variety of attractive bushveld landscapes including mountains, forest, vlei and open grassland. There is an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as cheetah and rhino. The bird life is also a big draw card.

The accommodation is of five star quality and unique. Each couple had their own secluded lodge in the forest a short walk from other lodges, the swimming pool and restaurant but hidden from them. The on-suite bathroom had windows looking out on the forest allowing you to leave the blinds open while taking a bath or shower watching Impala browsing in the forest outside.

Our stay included all meals, two professionally guided game drives each day with a separate vehicle, ranger and tracker allocated for our group of 6 guests. Apart from the first day, the same ranger and tracker handled all our game viewing trips. On several occasions our ranger and tracker joined our group for the evening meal, which provided the opportunity to discuss the days viewing experiences with very knowledgeable experts. It also allowed them to get to know us and helped in planning and personalising the next days outings to suit our particular interests.

The quality of the food was excellent. Apart from the three main meals, snacks and drinks were provided in the bush during game drives and during the afternoon break between lunch and the late afternoon and evening game drive. On two nights the evening meal after the game drive was in the form of a barbecue in an open-to-the sky boma. A highlight was the champagne breakfast in the bush organised for us on our last day.

Weather during our stay was superb. During the early morning game drive it was crisply cool and sometimes misty making the mid-drive coffee break very welcome. You must try Amarula Cream in your coffee instead of milk. The misty landscapes were a photographers delight. The days were warm and very comfortable. We had a few short showers, which added to rather than dampened the experience.

All the staff are very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They interact with you throughout your stay giving a new meaning to the word hospitality. If it fits within your budget, Phinda is an experience no one should miss.

Frost family   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2018 Reviewed: Nov 13, 2018

Email Frost family  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Overall rating

Manyoni game reserve not listed here. Was better than the more commercial phinda.

Jayhawk80   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2018 Reviewed: Jan 24, 2019

Email Jayhawk80  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Overall rating

A larger than average Game Reserve and a more "natural" safari experience than smaller game reserves or road side attractions.

Jacqueline Landry   –  
Canada CA
Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2019

Email Jacqueline Landry  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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The staff at zuka were kind, warm and so inviting! The safaris were always exciting. The scenery was beautiful!

Ruth   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2020 Reviewed: Feb 23, 2020

Email Ruth  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Overall rating

The BEST experience. AMAZING

Average User Rating

  • 4.6/5
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  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
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