andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge has glass-walled suites hidden amongst the trees of a rare and beautiful sand forest. Each of the 16 suites is spaced well apart and the dense forest gives a wonderful sense of seclusion. Wake up in the mornings to the sound of birdsong; and look out to see a small nyala antelope or troop of cheeky vervet monkeys.

Each suite is raised up on stilts to ensure a minimal footprint on the forest floor. Inside, the theme in “Zulu Zen”: a blend of Asian minimalism and warm African tones. It really is magical with the glass walls and forest-filtered light. The main lodge is fairly small, and at the edge of the trees is a rim-flow swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers overlooking a grassy plain.

Set out with your guide-and-tracker team on twice daily game drives. Phinda Game Reserve protects a rich mix of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. The dense vegetation means your tracker needs to work a bit harder, but there is plenty of big game and this Big 5 private reserve is known in particular for its cheetah and rhino sightings. We’d also highly recommend setting out on foot on a guided forest walk.

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