Phinda Private Game Reserve is not far from the well-known iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Phinda offers you abundant wildlife, courtesy of its incredibly diverse habitats. There are a handful of private lodges share excellent game sightings in a 23,000-hectare wilderness. Within easy distance of the warm Indian Ocean and its pristine beaches, Phinda makes for an ideal "bush and beach" safari destination.

  • Incredibly diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife, including Big 5
  • Great game viewing, usually daily sightings of cheetah and lion
  • Sanctuary for threatened species like black rhino and cheetah
  • Offers superb bush & beach safari combination with nearby coastal lodges
  • Unhurried, uncrowded safari experience
  • Birder’s paradise, 415 species listed
  • Stone’s throw from warm Indian Ocean and its spectacular coral diving reefs
  • Seven distinct habitats provide great diversity of fauna and flora

Phinda Private Reserve has many different habitats which makes for incredibly diverse wildlife and vegetation. The surrounds are generally lush and green as it’s not far from the coast, with landscapes varying from bushveld savannah to hilly areas, very dense thickets to coastal forests with towering trees.

Great Game Viewing

You’ll have the opportunity to see a wide variety of game at Phinda. Cheetah sightings are very rewarding and are often a daily occurrence. Lion are plentiful and you may be lucky to see a few black rhino here. Other common game includes zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, nyala, impala, warthog, grey and red duiker (small antelope). The rivers and lakes are also teeming with crocodile and hippo.

Open Safari Vehicles and Bush Walks

Phinda offer top-class guides and trackers who will go out of their way to find any elusive animals and birds on your wishlist. Knowledgeable, friendly and obliging, they’ll make sure you enjoy every minute of your game viewing, whether by vehicle or on foot.

World Class Diving and Snorkelling Nearby

Phinda provides easy access to nearby Sodwana Bay, one of the world’s top scuba diving hotspots. It also offers fishing, turtle watching and sea-going excursions. The coral reefs offshore provide a wealth of sub-tropical marine life and the visibility is generally superb.

Best times to visit Phinda

Phinda is definitely an all-year-round destination with each season offering its own unique sightings and spectacles. During summer months (September to March), it’s lush and green and there are young animals in abundance. During the height of winter (June to August), the vegetation is drier and the game is more easily visible.

Getting There

By air: Phinda has its own good-quality airstrip and flying in would be the easiest option to get there – daily flights connect from OR Tambo International, Johannesburg.

By road: Phinda is a good three hours’ drive from King Shaka Airport to the north of Durban.

Our take on Phinda

One of the main reasons to visit Phinda would the cheetah sightings you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. It’s also great for a bush and beach safari combo. Phinda is less than two hours’ drive to the pickup point for Thonga Beach Lodge, for example. As part of the andBeyond group, Phinda offers the best of hospitality, service and all-round safari enjoyment. A pleasure to recommend.