Phinda Rock Lodge

Kwazulu Natal, South Africa


Perched on the axis of a cliff, shrouded in tropical forestry, lies a stone-crafted sanctuary of six intimate, canopy-hooded lodges. Sitting out on the wooden decking provides the perfect vantage point to spy on the wildlife that Phinda Private Game Reserve proudly conserves.

Key Features

  • Dramatic views across the Zuzuland valley from the comfort of your luxury lodge
  • Renowned for sightings of Black Rhinos and Cheetahs, as well as the exceptionally rare suni and the red duiker antelopes
  • Day and Night-time safari, as well as Bush walking foot adventure of flora and fauna
  • Marine adventures on the beach with Indian Ocean safaris, helping nesting turtles and scuba diving
  • Neighbouring iSimangalisio Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine lake
  • Decadent minibars in every room, Nespresso machine and homemade biscuits, even a gym in a basket


Seemingly in the heart of the bush, yet nestled in an oasis of luxury and comfort, Phinda Rock is perfectly situated for a diverse experience of South Africa. Wooden verandas reveal breath-taking panoramic views of the Phinda Private Games Reserve. Exclusive suites are adorned with cosy firelights, stylish slate colour décor and flecks of tasteful animal prints. Rich interiors reflect the serene beauty of the wild outside.

Phinda Rock lodge creates the feeling of being immersed in nature from dawn until dusk, cushioned with luxury. Wake up to native birdsong, then take a dip in the plunge pool as you overlook the lush Zuzuland valley. Take a walk on the wild side with one of the many iconic safari tours of the Big Five, expertly informed by a local guide. Cool off from the heat of the day in the outdoor shower, then enjoy an alfresco dining experience under the South African stars.

Conservation & communities

Not only a unique close encounter with nature, Phinda Rock offers cultural experiences within the heart of the community. Collaborating with Africa Foundation and &Beyond, Phinda Rock Private Game Reserve support local community projects in hospitals and schools. Learn from the histories, sacred beliefs, and fascinating tradition of the locals from a nearby Zulu village. Discover the routines of family life and meet with important figures in the community, the witch doctor and healer. Explore the colourful life and joy of the nearby communities, as you can have a real impact on people’s lives.


Phinda Private Game Reserve has reclaimed nearly 30,000 hectares of farming land for wildlife, including 790 hectares of critically endangered ancient sand forest. This is one of the country's most successful rewilding and conservation projects, including protecting the shrinking lion population.

Alongside Africa Foundation, the reserve collaborates with its neighbours to employ locally and invest in community education, as well as prioritising climate-friendly practises and energy-saving initiatives.

Why we love it

The attention to detail at Phinda Rock Lodge makes it unique. Receive a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for the duration of your stay to enhance your safari experience. Beautifully illustrated safari journals (with maps and area-specific routes) act as a detailed guides to amplify your immersive experience with nature.

Thought goes into everything they do. Ensuring that you get to see the iconic Big Five up close, they limit the vehicle numbers and operate sensitive off-road practices. Refresh your tastebuds as well as your mind with a complimentary flat white and cocktails on your game drive.

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