Phinda Forest Lodge

Phinda Forest Lodge is set amongst ancient sand forests in the exclusive Phinda Private Game Reserve.

Price Per Person From:

From: POA

The price provided is a per person guideline based on two people sharing a room.

What Influences Prices?

Five Star rating:

View more details
Luxury Five Star
South Africa


Forest Lodge is a fine five star lodge set in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. The reserve is located east of the St. Lucia Wetland Park, a declared World Heritage Site. The area has no less than seven different ecosystems ranging from mountainous terrain to sand forests, offering a unique location for a luxury South Africa safari. These diverse ecosystems support an abundance of different species, most notably the Big Five.

Phinda Forest Lodge features sixteen elevated chalets, each with a bedroom, lounge and en suite bathroom. Outside, amidst the indigenous forest trees, wooden decks have been erected. The unique structure is made up almost entirely of glass and is built on stilts. The chalets appear to float between the sand forest floor and the towering torchwood trees which surround it. They have been constructed in such a way as to ensure total privacy during you safari.

Enjoy mealtimes on the dining deck, in the dining room, or in the open-air boma under a starry sky. Relax in one of the lodge's sitting areas or open decks with unobstructed views of the surrounding plains. Alternatively, unwind in your room and observe the surrounding wilderness from the comfort of your bed or private veranda - true luxury in the bush.




Following their transfer from Richard's Bay airport via Johannesburg's O R Tambo International Airport, guests arrive at the reclusive mossy sanctuary of Phinda Forest Lodge for their luxury safari. From game drives in the Big Five-hosting Phinda Private Game Reserve to languid bush walks and navigating the Mzinene River with canoe and oar, this safari package is sure to keep every ilk of holidaymaker satisfied. The park is renowned for its spectacular cheetah and black rhino sightings.

Nestled in the ancient foliage of South Africa's Zulu Kingdom, Phinda Forest Lodge offers lavish mealtimes in the nooks of the sand forest or under the African sky in the boma. Cool off in the pool or drink in the breathtaking natural surroundings on a sunbed. Additional activities include a tour to the local village, specialist family safaris and, if you fancy combining your bushveld experience with the wonders of the Indian Ocean, diving excursions to nearby Sodwana.

Starting Date:
Any date specified by clients
Starting Point:
Ending Point:
3 Days/2 Nights
(More nights can be added at an additional charge)
  • Johannesburg to Richards Bay round trip
  • Richards Bay Airport to Phinda round trip
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Flights as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Meals on a full board basis
  • Two open 4x4 game drives daily
  • Tourism levy
  • All applicable taxes
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • International airfare (to South Africa, and home)
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Premier drinks not included at the lodge
  • Gratuities


African Safari

Read More +

Riaan's Review

You are sure to enjoy the glass-fronted chalets at Forest Lodge. It gives a sense of being enveloped by the surrounding bush. The quality of the rooms and central areas are first rate and the cuisine is sure to tantalize your taste buds. The reserve offers one of the finest South African safaris in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve offers a wide diversity of habitats. I would advise also considering Mkuze Falls Lodge, which offers a fine Big Five safari in the same region as Phinda Forest Lodge.

Read More +

South Africa

South Africa offers fantastic value for money African safaris.

Read More +


Botswana's wilderness areas are remarkably pristine and bursting with wildlife.

Read More +


Namibia is a vast desert country with arid yet wildlife-rich safari areas.

Read More +


Zambia's national parks are remote, but the safaris are truly worth the journey.

Read More +


Zimbabwe is home to the 'smoke that thunders' - the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Read More +


Travel to Mozambique for an unforgettable tropical honeymoon or beach safari.