Just 16 minimalist luxury glass suites are available at Phinda Forest Lodge, adding to the privacy and exclusivity. Each air-conditioned suite features floor-to-ceiling glass and is set atop stilts for safety and the best possible views. The main guest area is just a short walk away. Enjoy some time on your private veranda – a favorite of ours – while watching the squirrels and other forest wildlife. The ensuite bathroom includes a luxurious bathtub with massive glass windows.
Phinda Forest Lodge
Privacy surrounded by glass? It’s possible at Phinda Forest Lodge, the unique andBeyond property where you feel secluded in the calm, gentle atmosphere of your suite that features floor-to-ceiling glass. Yet we love that there’s always something to see or do when you want it.
Located in an incomparable sand forest that’s unexpectedly compelling and entertaining, your glass-walled suite overlooks one of the planet’s most unique vistas. Designed as one of the world’s first eco-friendly luxury lodges, a dense canopy of trees surrounding every suite at Phinda Forest Lodge ensures that you get your privacy even with glass all around. Only the dwarf antelope are likely to pass your suite, but since the suite is raised on stilts above the forest floor but below the canopy, even they aren’t likely to notice you.
Can you imagine waking up in such an environment? At African Safari Group, we’re sure this is one of the most unique lodging experiences to which we can connect you. The amazing sand forest setting and the unique glass walls make for an unmatched African experience you’ll never forget.
The award-winning Phinda Forest Lodge features spectacular architectural design combined with careful attention to conservation and maintaining the pristine nature of the surrounding ecosystem. Everything at the lodge is handled with the lightest touch possible.
Just 16 minimalist suites designed in what some call the Zulu Zen style are available, so advanced booking is essential to securing your spot. Expect shiny wooden floor, rich and touchable fabric choices and Zulu artifacts too. The ensuite bathroom and viewing decks complete the experience. Plus, the lodge has a pool, even more decks and seating areas and views of grazing animals you’ll enjoying study and meditation upon for hours. An outdoor dining area and other smart touches add to the authenticity of the experience. Don’t be surprised if the monkeys you’ll see are as interested in you as you are in them.
Three meals daily
Local brand spirits and beers
Teas and coffees
Refreshments on game drives
1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
Safari shop purchases
All items of a personal nature
Premium brand spirits and cigars
Adventures at Phinda
Government bed levy
Conservancy or park fees
Policies of Phinda Forest Lodge
Amenities of Phinda Forest Lodge
- 24-hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- Barbeque Facilities
- Internet Access
- Laundry Service
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Frequently Asked QuestionsWe've compiled a list of answers to questions that guests often ask to better help you with your planning. Take a look at these frequently asked questions below and feel free to contact us if you have other queries.
Enjoy this lodge anytime. For the best game viewing, visit from March through September.
This lodge is ideal for children and families.
This jungle retreat is fully fenced for the safety and security of all guests.
All suites feature air conditioning, and the lodge features a pool, interactive kitchen and al fresco dining.
English is an official language of South Africa. Other languages spoken at the lodge and in the area include Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Sepedi.
Expect to see cheetahs, white and black rhinos and plenty of nyala antelope when you visit this lodge.
While Phinda Forest Lodge is designed with privacy and excellent views from your glass suite in mind, there's plenty to do when you choose to get out and around. From tracking black rhinos to seeing how endangered cats are protected and bred, opportunities for safari adventures and other uniquely African experiences always await.
Morning And Afternoon Game Drives (Included in Tariff)
When in Africa, you can’t miss going on a game drive. In this case, professional guides help you see your favorite wildlife and answer all your questions. You help design the trip by saying what you hope to see and do so that you can spend more time with your favorite animals. Your guide isMORE
Created with children in mind, these family experiences bring the amazing sights and sounds of the African bush up close and personal. The safari is customized to take into account the ages of the children in your family, what they like, your family’s desires and what seasonal activities are available. We can’t recommend the familyMORE
Luxury Walking Safari
Leave the game vehicles behind and connect up close with the African bush and its inhabitants when you try a walking safari. Walk in the tracks of zebras and buffalo, take in the scent of the wild grasses and get in touch with the real Africa for yourself. There’s nothing more exhilarating than walking throughMORE
Designed with your specific desires in mind, choose an adventure that meets your needs. Your own private ranger, tracker and safari vehicle will work to meet your needs over the course of whatever time you specify. These events can be arranged with meals at the lodge, outdoors picnic-style lunches or dining under the trees whileMORE
Endangered Wild Cats Project
See what’s being done to help injured endangered wild cats and to assist with their breeding on this guided tour of a rehabilitation facility and breeding program nearby. See caracal, wild cats, cheetahs, serval and more up close. You’ll be guided into animal enclosures where you can see and photograph these amazing creatures and beMORE
Black Rhino Tracking on Foot
Grab some walking shoes and spend a pleasant and exciting morning tracking rare black rhino with an experienced ranger. You’ll learn how to follow the path of this endangered species by its tracks, how to recognize rhino dropping and scratching areas and how to read the other signs that clearly point to where these amazingMORE
A Night Under The Stars
Sleeping beneath the stars is just one aspect of this recommended adventure. You arrive at a clearing in the middle of the bush as the sun sets – to plush beds with blankets and comforters, netting and more. There’s a campfire to keep your warm too. Watch as your host prepares you a meal onMORE
Zulu Village Tour
Glimpse daily life in a Zulu tribe thanks to Phinda’s close relationship with locals. You’ll see an authentic homestead, see how traditional healers are trained and have a chance to shop for crafts and items of interest in the village. When you’re finished with this tour, you’ll understand how today’s villagers get by in anMORE
Turtle Nesting Adventure
Available from November to February when the leatherback turtles and loggerhead turtles are around, watch as these amazing creatures emerge from Sodwana Bay in the Indian Ocean to lay eggs. As you and your group travel along the coastline, you’ll start to see turtle tracks and find your way to their nesting sites. Marine lifeMORE
Nothing feels more authentic or closer to nature than tracking an animal on foot. With an armed ranger and a tracking team by your side, you can use all your senses and all your wits to locate a track and follow it to an amazing visual reward. Your tracking adventure is an unmatched intimate animalMORE
Swimming with Whale Sharks
The massive whale sharks are in abundance in the Indian Ocean, and you can swim alongside them. Your expedition will include a professional skipper and a certified dive master to keep you safe and will go to sea on an inflatable boat with the right equipment to find these huge fish. Then, you can jumpMORE
Specialist Birding Safari
With a special birding ranger at your side, you can go in search of the hundreds of bird species that live in the habitats of Phinda. Your best viewing opportunity may well be before dawn, so that’s when your expedition will leave. On your birding safari, you may see Neergard’s Sunbird, Narina Trogon or Rudd’sMORE
Developed with photographers in mind, photographic safaris allow you to get into the perfect position for the shot of a lifetime. Whether your interest is in landscape photography, birding or the Big Five, the guides will offer you advice on capturing your subject. This includes details on the best shutter speeds, lens choices, angles, lightingMORE
Maputaland Beach Adventure
Take an adventurous half-day beach excursion to the Maputaland coastline. There, you can take in some sun, enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean or just have sit back and enjoy a book. Perhaps you’ll join in a beach game, have a walk or go snorkeling at Jesser Point. The adventure choice is yours onMORE
Indian Ocean Scuba Safari
Sodwana Bay is one the world’s top 10 dive sites, and it’s accessible to you from Phinda Mountain Lodge. Don’t miss your chance to see fish and marine life plus the gullies, ledges and pinnacles of the stunning coral reef that make this amazing place home to more than 1,200 species of fish.MORE