Phinda Private Game Reserve

Safari vehicle at Phinda
A board that lists the important points tourists must keep in mind when visiting the Phinda Mountain Lodge, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Phinda Private Game Reserve, formerly known as Phinda Resource Reserve, is a 170 km² private game reserve situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. Formed in 1991, this ethnically named reserve means "return to the wild". Phinda has seven distinct ecosystems with palm savannah and mountain bush to rare sand forest and dense thornveld.


Wildlife inhabiting this reserve include elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, southern white rhinoceros, spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard.


  • Forest Lodge - sixteen stilted glass chalets . These chalets are hand built by local Zulu people to minimize impact on the rare Sand Forest. They seem to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees.
  • Mountain Lodge - twenty chalets and conference facilities situated at the top of a lavish bushveld world, with panoramas of the Lebombo Mountains and the Lake St. Lucia coastal plains.
  • Vlei Lodge - six stilted suites of thatch, teak and glass overlook Phinda's unique wetland system at the edge of the forest.
  • Rock Lodge - six chalets built into the rock face overlooking the Leopard Rock.
  • Zuka Lodge - Situated in the western region of Phinda are four thatched Zululand bush cottages. The cottages are set 15 metres apart and feature verandas overlooking a busy waterhole.

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Coordinates: 27°51′57″S 32°20′10″E / 27.86583°S 32.33611°E / -27.86583; 32.33611