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Phinda is a private game reserve located in the lush rolling hills of northern KwaZulu Natal bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. It shelters an extraordinary diversity of wildlife within no less than seven ecosystems. 

Giant leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the pristine beaches, while freshwater lakes and river floodplains are the domain of Nile crocodiles, hippos, pelicans and flamingos. The savannah is home to over 380 bird species and much of Africa’s plains game. Meanwhile, the marine diversity off the Sodwana coast is said to rival Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, African elephant, South African giraffe, loggerhead turtle
  • Where: KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Zululand & Swaziland Self-drive

KwaZulu Natal is a true South African gem when it comes to wildlife, with a great mix of the country’s finest game reserves and breath-taking scenery. Self driving allows you to follow the coast at your own pace and experience a diversity of wildlife away from the crowd.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Phinda Forest Lodge

Phinda Forest Lodge is a sumptuous property located within the 22,000 hectares Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Its 16 spacious, glass encased, stilted suites all have private viewing decks and personal bars, with luxurious en-suite bathrooms.