Lodges

&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Mountainside luxury, with a bird's-eye view of the Zululand bushveld

&Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge

Poised on the crest of a mountain in Phinda Private Game Reserve is &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge, a lovely construction of stone, thatch and wood tucked between the trees. You'll be lost in the views from both the communal areas and your private suite – the Zululand bushveld and Ubombo mountain range are wild and gorgeous. One of just six lodges in this 23 000-hectare reserve, Phinda Mountain Lodge is not cheap, but it's worth every cent for the lovely accommodation, attention to detail, great staff, exceptional rangers and the chance to see hundreds of animals in their natural environment.

At the lodge

The hotel

Mountain Lodge's guest area is an open-plan, U-shaped building with a central courtyard that offers views across the bush and comfortable seating so you can relax after game drives or meals. In fact, the lodge is dotted with inviting seating areas both indoors and out. You can dine inside, on the deck overlooking the mountains or in the candle- and lantern-lit boma, under the stars. (The menu is chalked on a board in the main courtyard before every meal.)

The rooms

Each of the 25 split-level suites offers completely uninterrupted views of the Ubombos and the Zululand bushveld. The suites are spacious and filled with light, and have aircon, comfortable beds, a romantic en-suite bathroom, a private lounge, viewing deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower (excellent toiletries!). Two of the suites have interleading rooms for families. Everything has been thought of – there's even a fresh lemon and a knife to make a garnish for your drink (from the well-stocked minibar).

On safari

Experiences

Phinda Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of 23 000 hectares of pristine KwaZulu-Natal wilderness and seven distinct habitats, so there's plenty to see, including the Big Five, cheetah (recently reintroduced), antelope of every shape and size, and 400-plus bird species. (The dry months of June to September are best for wildlife.) Take a walking safari, track rhino, go birdwatching, head to the beach to scuba dive or explore on horseback.

When to go

Phinda by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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