Operated by &Beyond, Phinda Mountain Lodge is one of six options situated within Phinda Private Game Reserve. &Beyond runs luxurious properties across Safari Africa and many other locations, all the while caring for the local peoples and wildlife. Mountain Lodge holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including three meals daily, a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, expertly guided game drives and bush walks, transfers between the lodge and the local airstrip, and a laundry service. The lodge is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge can be accessed via road transfer from the local airstrip. It’s situated high on a mountain within the south-west region of Phinda, cue spectacular views!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE:
Guest accommodation consists of 16 standard suites, three family cottages, and a family suite. All are spaced well apart from their neighbours, and assistance for wheelchair users is available on request. Inside each standard suite, you’ll find a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a seating area, and ample storage space. The interior décor in general is sophisticated yet warm, with modern lines and a few local artefacts. In-room amenities include air conditioning, overhead fans, a telephone, a mini-bar, a safe, and a hairdryer. En-suite facilities comprise separate flush toilet, large washbasin with mirror over, walk-in shower, and bathtub. There’s an outside shower too, as well as a veranda with private plunge pool and amazing views! Each of the three family cottages is essentially two standard suites with an interleading door, and this option can sleep up to two adults and three children. And the family suite accommodates a maximum of four adults and four children, in four bedrooms. This suite also offers a spacious lounge and a very wide veranda. It doesn’t have a private plunge pool, but it’s conveniently close to the main lodge pool, with its own access pathway.
Additional pathways link all other guest suites and cottages to the two-storey communal lodge, which is very well appointed. It’s in the shape of a U, with a lovely central courtyard. All around the courtyard are contemporary lounge and dining areas, furnished in the same style as the accommodation. Comfortable sofas and armchairs surround coffee tables, and chic individual tables are set in readiness for delicious food and drink. Many internal spaces flow out onto decks, where guests can relax, eat, drink, and marvel at the views! The lodge also contains a well-stocked bar, library, and safari shop, and it can function as a conference venue. A brief stroll away, there’s a traditional boma where evening meals are often enjoyed. And from here, it’s another short walk to the shared swimming pool, with sunloungers and parasols alongside.
*Please be aware that we are unable to book this property for families with young children under the age of 6 years, for safety reasons relating to the balconies/decks/walkways.*
ACTIVITIES AT &BEYOND PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE:
Expertly guided game drives– (for 6+ years, or for all ages staying in family cottage or suite) these are available during early morning and late afternoon into evening. Phinda Private Game Reserve boasts no fewer than seven varieties of ecosystem, not least grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, and water sources. It’s home to all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Smaller predators in residence include cheetah, hyena, and rare wild dog, while the herbivore count features hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and a fine assortment of antelopes. Hefty Nile crocodile are often seen in the Mzinene river!
Bush walks– (for 16+ years) accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, guests head out on foot into Phinda to take a look at the smaller lives of the reserve. These include its birds, insects, and plant life.
Black rhino tracking– (for 16+ years) with an expert ranger and tracker, guests walk through the bush in search of the mighty black rhino, examining tracks, scratching posts, dunghills, and more.
Elephant conservation experience– guests watch as members of &Beyond’s conservation team capture and dart a gentle giant for the purpose of changing his or her radio collar.
Photographic safaris– enjoy a masterclass from a specialist photographic guide, who’ll make sure you have some fantastic photos to take home.
Sleep-outs– following an afternoon game drive, your guide drives you to a small satellite camp. Here you can sink a few sundowners and tuck in to a tasty meal before settling down for the night under the star-studded skies.
WILDChild programme– lots of fun things to do for kids, including arts-and-crafts, tracking adventures, and making then firing bow-and-arrows!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.
For information about activities farther afield, such as horse riding, cultural experiences, scuba safaris, and Maputaland tours, please get in touch with a member of the YZ team.