The focus at Mountain Lodge is on African architecture and ethnic design. The suites all have spectacular views of the reserve below and the Ubombo Mountains in the background. This is an ideal lodge for a romantic retreat or for honeymooners looking to experience their first safari.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge has been built on the crest of a mountain, in the private Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The main areas of the lodge are impressive. There is a central alfresco courtyard where guests can relax and spectacular views from the dining room. However, meals don't always have to be taken inside – on some evenings you can dine by candlelight in the reed and stone boma, or, even more romantically, out in the bush under the stars.
Each suite has a sitting area on one floor and a bedroom on the other. Not only is there a lovely ensuite bathroom, but there is also a shower outside on the deck. There is even a plunge pool, so you can take a refreshing dip when you relax on your large wooden deck.
This lodge is particularly good for children as there are two family suites which connect and there is room for an additional bed. There are activities aimed at kids and babysitting is available. However, there is a minimum age of eight years.
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy – day and night game drives, bush walks and rhino tracking in the reserve; canoeing and a motor boat cruise on the Mizanine River; and, by special arrangement, you can take a scenic flight over the reserve or go scuba diving off the coast. A word of warning though: this lodge might not be suitable for anyone who is elderly or has difficulty walking, as some of the pathways are quite steep and winding.