Wildlife & Animals – Phinda GR

Phinda is a fully enclosed game reserve. This makes sightings of all flagship species including the Big Five and cheetah very easy. Both black and white rhino are present and regularly spotted, although the black rhino less often. The beautiful nyala is the most common antelope.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardCommon
CheetahCommon
HyenaCommon

Wildlife Highlights

Phinda is famous for its quality cheetah sightings. Smaller creatures to look out for are the shy red duiker found scurrying around in the forest undergrowth and, the smallest of all antelope, the tiny suni. A boat trip on the Mzinene River offers close encounters with big Nile crocodiles.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Phinda is during the dry months of June to September. The end of the Dry season, from August to September, is an especially nice time since temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and animals are easier to find because they congregate around predictable water sources.

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