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Phinda Resource Reserve

If you’re looking for a Big Five safari experience with that extra touch of wild and raw African beauty, then Phinda is the perfect fit.

Cradled between the Lebombo Mountains to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, The Phinda Reserve is located in one of Africa’s most diverse regions. There are several distinct ecosystems in the reserve, from palm savannah and mopane bush to rare sand forest and dense thornveld.

The 200km2 reserve is packed with wildlife. The Big Five are all running around Phinda, and the reserve is also home to impressive populations of black rhino, white rhino and cheetah.

Phinda offers a private and intimate game experience and a very luxurious stay. Four luxury lodges are scattered around the reserve – Forest Lodge, Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge and Vlei Lodge.

Drive over mountains, plunge into valleys, explore fever tree forests and trace the river as you encounter everything from elephants to insects. Every game drive on this splendid reserve will take you into a new area – which makes for an extraordinary and exciting safari experience.

The reserve is often the preferred destination for people who want a little more than the obvious southern African safari destinations like the Kruger Park.

The Phinda Reserve also has some enticing extras such as flights over the remarkable Natal coastline and visits to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, a visit to this world heritage site is not to be missed out on).