Not new to the Safari circuit but often sidelined because of its well-known neighbour, the Kruger Park, the Reserves in KwaZulu Natal have some superb game viewing and diverse habitats. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve is the oldest proclaimed park in Africa and is well known for its rich wildlife, including the Big 5, and conservation efforts. The Phinda Resource Reserve is privately owned and home to some outstanding luxury lodges. It has 7 distinct eco-systems from savannah and mountain to sand forest and thornveld. Phinda is well known for exceptional Cheetah sightings, as well as the Big 5, and conservation initiatives. The Game Reserves in Natal are all within easy driving distance of Durban. For your adventure traveler or self-drive enthusiast, the reserves offer a super “beach and bush” combination.

The climate in Natal works favorably for this mix, winter or summer. This is a destination fabulous for everyone, including families! Phinda Private Game Reserve offers outstanding lodges. Often award-winning, you have a choice in this reserve of 6 luxury properties. Mountain Lodge with wrap around views of the Ubombo Mountain range. Rock Lodge carved into the rocky mountainside. Forest Lodge set in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest. Phinda Vlei Lodge nestled on the edge of a unique wetland. And the two private, sole use Villa’s of Phinda Zuka Lodge or The Homestead.

Accommodation in the Phinda Reserve is owned and operated by one of our preferred supplies, andBeyond. Known world-wide for their conservation efforts, Phinda Reserve is no different. With the diverse habitats comes diverse game viewing and also some rare additions. The shy Suni antelope and Nyala both make their homes here. One often gets a glimpse of the Cheetah and even her cubs, and there is no shortage of hippos in the Mzinene River.

A KwaZulu-Natal safari provides the perfect opportunity to soak up some sun on the beach, observe South Africa’s Big Five, check out the local culture and enjoy invigorating outdoor activities all on the same holiday. Watch whales in the bay from June to November or witness the miracle of hatching turtles from November to March. There is always something to do in South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom.

 

 

Privacy, luxury and exceptional personal service come standard at Phinda Game Reserve's charming Zuka Lodge. Booked as an exclusive-use lodge for up to eight guests, it comes with its own ranger, tracker, butler and chef with a safari vehicle always available, so guests have the freedom to tailor-make their own private African safari; all with an indefinable serenity and magic that makes the safari experience unique. Read More

Phinda Forest Lodge is quite possibly one of the most beautiful, exclusive and luxurious lodges in the world. For a safari experience that is literally unlike any other, a visit to this unique haven of sophistication and design is a must. Set inside the stunning Phinda Private Game Reserve, the Phinda Forest Lodge is a marvel of architectural design and conservation. Read More

This luxury safari lodge is perched in a dramatic mountain top setting in the stunning Phinda Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Its 25 secluded and spacious suites each have uninterrupted views over the verdant slopes of the Ubombo Mountains. With all the Big Five to be seen in the varied landscapes of the reserve, Phinda Mountain Lodge offers the ideal safari in Africa for families and groups Read More

Intimate and exclusive, this luxury safari lodge is dramatically set into a cliff-face in the renowned Phinda Reserve in South Africa, giving an eagle-eye view over stunning landscapes where the Big Five roam freely. The six suites accommodate guests in romantic seclusion for a true escape from the outside world with generous pampering from the dedicated staff. Read More

This elegant and sophisticated game lodge overlooks the unique wetland system of Phinda Private Game Reserve and is the perfect setting for a luxury safari in Africa. Intimate and exclusive in ambience, the six thatched suites blend into the bush and provide a grandstand view of the varied wildlife that flocks to drink at the vlei. Read More

For a luxury safari experience that is unlike any other, look no further than Thanda Private Game Reserve. Five-star accommodation and big five sightings make this the ultimate in luxe game reserve experiences. Exclusivity meet romance and Zulu culture in this extraordinary lodge, nestled in the heart of the bush in lush and beautiful northern Zululand. Read More