andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, 3936, South Africa
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Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat 8:30am - 12pm
Phinda Private Game Reserve&Beyond's commitment to responsible tourism is what initially set them apart (and continues to set them apart) from other luxury lodges and safari tour operators established in the early 1990's in South Africa. Phinda Private Game Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal Province was &Beyond's first conservation project. With it, they formed what is now called Africa Foundation, which they use to fund community-based projects in the areas they operate their lodges in.
The landscape of Phinda is totally different from what you'll experience at Kruger, Madikwe, or in the Kalahari. Moisture from the Indian Ocean breathes life into the gently rolling hills. The areas of flat, grassy wetland attract hippopotamus and far too many antelope and bird species to list. The lush forests support a diversity of wildlife including the Big 5 and even cheetah.
&Beyond's Phinda Rock Lodge is perched atop a rocky granite outcropping. No matter which of the 25 rooms you're in, all have incredible views which make you feel like you're hovering high above the treetops of the valley below. A stay is all-inclusive, including twice daily safari drives, a Zulu village tour, bush walks, and other conservation experiences (depending on the season). With the lodge in such close proximity to the Indian Ocean, there is a unique opportunity to explore South Africa's marine wildlife. In the summer, you can join a nighttime excursion to watch leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the beach. You could also go snorkel or scuba diving and explore the coral reefs near Sodwana Bay (and area renowned for diving).
The drive from Richard's Bay Airport to Phinda Private Game Reserve is approximately two hours. Airlink also flies direct from Nelspruit to Phinda's airstrip. This makes it easy to connect a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park with a safari at Phinda.
about 3 years ago
Help Rhinos with andBeyond in South Africa
Through the Rhinos without Borders campaign, the safari company andBeyond is moving more than 100 rhinos from the Phinda Private Game Reserve to Botswana to help counter the effects of poaching. From $450. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.