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Phinda Mountain Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Big Five
- Family friendly
- Mountain position
- Wide range of activities

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Overview

Phinda Mountain Lodge is one of three ‘&Beyond’ properties located in the Phinda private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal. With sweeping mountain views, luxurious accommodation and great wildlife the lodge is ideal for adventurous families and couples alike.

As you come to expect with all ‘&Beyond’ properties, Phinda Mountain is stylish and contemporary with spacious guest areas. The main lodge has a large, comfortable viewing deck and glass fronted lounge provide outstanding views of the Ubombo Mountain range and the surrounding bush. A shaded lodge pool and a boma for outdoor dining are also part of the central area creating a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.

A fantastic range of wildlife can be seen on the twice daily game drives with common viewings of cheetahs and the rare black rhino as well as all of the ‘Big Five’. Guide led walking safaris are also offered with the chance to track black rhino on foot. The Phinda Game Reserve covers a range of habitats from mountain forests to coastal dunes and consequently a wide range of ‘Phinda Adventures’ are available including village tours, whale watching and night turtle drives ( all at an additional cost).

The luxurious accommodation is split into 25 suites housing a maximum of 50 guests all set on the mountain side with dramatic views. Each air-conditioned suite has an en-suite bathroom with a private plunge pool, verandah, outdoor showers and private seating area. The rooms are elegantly furnished and spacious with all the expected modern amenities including wifi. Two family suites are also offered, providing interlinked rooms and the option of an extra bed in each room, perfect for younger families.

Children are welcome at Phinda Mountain with the minimum age for game drives only five years old. This is unusually young and encourages families with sensible children (the manager has discretion between 6 and 11 years) to experience a full safari. As offered in all ‘&Beyond’ properties, an interactive Children’s programme for all ages is available in addition to a playroom and childminding facilities. For young families in particular, this is always a reliable child friendly choice and the lower age for game drives at Phinda Mountain allows the whole family to experience the African bush together.

Nearby Alternatives

Phinda Forest Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Range of activities
- Glass fronted accommodation
- Black Rhino

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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