Phinda Forest Lodge, nestled within the heart of one of Africa’s most distinctive and fragile ecosystems, the rare and endangered Sand Forest. Here, amidst the captivating allure of this unique habitat, Phinda Forest Lodge stands as a symbol of conservation, safeguarding the natural treasures it encompasses. Surrounded by the enchanting sand forest, this lodge is a pioneer in eco-friendly hospitality, meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend with the surrounding environment. Inspired by Zulu-zen principles, the lodge reflects a deep commitment to environmental preservation, ensuring minimal impact while upholding the legacy of its inception. It serves as a testament to sustainable development, demonstrating that luxury and quality can coexist harmoniously with environmental and social responsibility.


Relax in serenity within one of the lodge’s 16 air-conditioned suites. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls seamlessly merge the interior with the lush forest surroundings, offering unparalleled privacy under the dense tree canopy. Elevated on stilts above the forest floor, the suites provide a sensation of being immersed in nature, while private verandas offer tranquil moments of contemplation. A newly introduced family suite ensures a cozy and intimate safari experience for families.


The lodge’s communal spaces include a refined lounge and gallery, a spacious central bar inspired by Zulu aesthetics, a cozy wine cellar, and a generously sized interactive kitchen. Keep active in the lodge’s modern gym equipped with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and unwind with a selection of rejuvenating Healing Earth treatments in the wellness spa. The lodge’s rim-flow swimming pool and expansive sundeck offer sweeping views of the open vlei (low-lying, marshy ground, covered with water during the rainy season) where wildlife often gathers. Settle around the uniquely designed central firepit for pre-dinner drinks and lively storytelling about the day’s adventures.

Other amenities include a fully-stocked personal bar and a tea and coffee station for your convenience. Enjoy full Wi-Fi coverage throughout the lodge. Additionally, a complimentary laundry service is available upon request.


Air Conditioning


Wildchild Programme

Tea / Coffee Station



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Enjoy twice-daily game drives, encountering South Africa’s iconic wildlife, or embark on thrilling night safaris for unique after-dark adventures. For a personalized experience, consider booking a private vehicle and specialist guide. Tailormade safaris cater to various interests, including private, birding, photographic, and family safaris, each offering a distinctive and immersive wilderness experience.
In addition to its abundant wildlife, diverse habitats, and safari activities, Phinda offer easy access to the Indian Ocean coastline and the renowned iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Nearby Sodwana Bay provides excellent marine diversity, with activities such as scuba diving, fishing, and turtle watching.


Ocean Adventures

From turtle nesting adventures to ocean safaris, snorkelling and scuba diving, there’s plenty of marine encounters to explore.


Wildlife Conservation

Depending on availability, you’ll have the chance to participate in either rhino notching or rhino de-horning.


Walking Safari

Encounter a variety of plains game from a safe distance and be mesmerized by the reserve’s smaller inhabitants.


Cultural Tours

In addition to community visits, local Zulu villagers provide guests with opportunities to immerse themselves in their daily lives, routines, and traditional rituals.


Night Drives

At dusk, the bush unveils its true character, where you can observe nocturnal animals like bushbabies and genets performing their nightly rituals.


Bird Watching

Embark on a quest to spot over 435 bird species in a private vehicle accompanied by a specialist guide.



Explore the rare Sand Forest on E-bikes, offering an immersive adventure with effortless rides through dense vegetation and sandy trails.



Indulge in a pampering session or workout while enjoying the spectacular view from Phinda Mountain.


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