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One of the six luxury lodges within Phinda Private Game Reserve nestling in the shadow of Ubombo Mountains and flanked to the east by the Indian Ocean.

Six thatch and glass Suites offer spacious accommodation.  Each suite’s deck opening up onto a dazzling view of the clearing beyond, combine your game viewing with a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool, but be prepared to share it with a thirsty elephant or impala!

Each suite boasts not only a private sitting area and ensuite bathroom, but also a dressing room and game viewing deck, so you may not ever want to leave, even for meals. Not that you will have to – private dining in your suite can be arranged, as can more social meals on the dining deck or even on the edge of the vlei. On clear, cold winter nights keep the chill at bay in front of a roaring fire in the sitting room before retiring to the comfort of a warm bed.



Air conditioned Suites with private pools



Open Season

Open all year

Safari Experience

Over and above the morning and evening game drives and walking safaris, there are additional activities at extra cost as follows:

Phinda adventures include:

Day & Night Game Drives

Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal Nov-Feb), scuba safaris, an ocean safari, and black rhino tracking on foot

Specialist Safaris – birding, photographic, rhino notching, tracking, walking, family and private safaris

Phinda Vlei  is situated between two habitats, the forest and the grasslands




Turtle Nesting experience from November to February – For four months during the southern hemisphere summer, the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their precious eggs in the sand. 

Wildlife & Birdlife

Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, &Beyond Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these rare cats. 

Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success story at &BeyondPhinda is that of both the white and the more endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of extinction, both the grass eating white rhino and the shrub grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve. 

The rare sand forest in the northern parts of &Beyond Phinda is the perfect environment for some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.

Added Extras

Wi-fi in Suites and guest area