Phinda Private Game Reserve

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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 (/ˈpɪndə/), formerly known as Phinda Resource Reserve, is a 170 km2 (66 sq mi) private game reserve situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. Designated in 1991, Phinda is a Zulu word meaning 'return', or more accurately 'repeat'. Phinda has seven distinct ecosystems ranging from palm savannah and mountain bush to rare sand forest and dense thornveld. In 1993 the reserve joined with two neighboring land owners to create the Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy. Through various land expansion projects, acquisitions, and agreements with local communities, the conservancy has grown to 286 km2 (110 sq mi). [1] As of May 2020, the South African company WildEarth have broadcast drives from Phinda in collaboration with &Beyond. [2]


Wildlife inhabiting this reserve include elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, African wild dog, blue wildebeest, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard. [1]


  • 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.
  • Homestead – an exclusive use 4 bedroom villa.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Martindale, G., and S. Naylor. "Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy Management Plan." (2018).[1]
  2. ^ Peter. "WildEarth welcomes &Beyond's Phinda Private Game Reserve". WildEarth. Retrieved 2021-03-06.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 27°49′S 32°19′E / 27.817°S 32.317°E / -27.817; 32.317