Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve

Deluxe - £££££


The Phinda Forest Lodge’s 16 suites are tucked into the heart of the Phinda Game Reserve’s rare sand forest. From here you can go out on game drives to see all the ‘Big Five’ plus other plains animals and over 436 species of birdlife. You could also take a walking safari or a river cruise to see if you can see these creatures – the elephants and rhinos are usually easier to spot.

The iSimangaliso wetlands and the beaches of Sodwana Bay aren’t too far away, so try to get there during your stay. If you go at the right time of year, you might see leatherback and loggerhead turtles nesting on the shore.

The buildings of the Phinda Forest Lodge are an expert blend of glass-and-wood minimalism and African authenticity. The suites feel cosy, but not cluttered. They’re also very eco-friendly and offer a great spot to relax and become one with nature. The walls of the suites are mostly windows, so you’ll have a great view of the forest wilderness, and maybe a couple of local animals. Each suite has its own viewing deck, which feels private thanks to the surrounding tall torchwood trees.


The main lodge building has a fantastic rim-flow swimming pool where visitors can relax. Delicious pan-African cuisine is served outdoors in the boma, which is in a lovely position at the edge of the forest with views of an open plain and grazing wildlife.

Why We Love It

The Phinda Forest Lodge has been designed to perfectly fit into its surroundings. It’s luxurious but focused on making the most out of this natural haven without negatively impacting on the environment. We love it so much we wrote an article about it!

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