Phinda Resource Reserve

Time needed: 1 Day(s) to 1 Week(s)

Phinda encompasses some 15 000 hectares of beautiful, wild country that borders the Mkuze Game Reserve and is just west of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

The name Phinda means 'return to the wild' and the reserve offers visitors the opportunity to explore seven different ecosystems from mountain bush to dense thornveld and rare sand forests. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the bush on a guided drive or bush walk where visitors go in search of the majestic leopard and elegant giraffe, amongst others, or attempt to spot some of the 350 different bird species found in the park.

There are certain species that you are more likely to encounter on Phinda than on many other reserves. Predators such as cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on a daily basis, offering guests a high chance of spotting these impressive cats. Phinda is renowned for offering outstanding opportunities to view cheetah. The reserve also boasts one of the highest densities of nyala. Rhino enthusiasts may frequently encounter both the white rhino and the endangered black rhino. Herds of elephant and buffalo move throughout the reserve, and the sand forest is home to some rare smaller species, such as the suni and red duiker, as well as the red tonga squirrel.


The entire reserve and its four lodges were formed in 1991. Being a privately owned reserve, no public access is allowed and only visitors staying in one of the lodges can explore the park and venture out on the game drives. Exceptions are sometimes made for morning or evening drives, if the lodges are not full.

Mzinene River canoeing

Coast smoothly down the Mzinene River in a sturdy canoe disturbed only by the dipping of your oars and the occasional splash of a water bird. Take in the riverine vegetation and the local bird life, and, if you're lucky, your quiet approach might earn you a choice wildlife sighting as the animals come down to drink.

Interpretive Bush Walks

A leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush, accompanied by an armed ranger.

Twice daily game drives

Cconducted in an open air safari vehicle in the early morning and late afternoon / evening and accompanied by an armed ranger and Zulu tracker.

Phinda Adventures

In addition to twice-daily interpretive game drives, nature walks, sunrise and sunset riverboat cruises, and canoe trips along the Mzinene River, guests at Phinda Private Game Reserve can also enjoy Phinda Adventures. With its unique location, Phinda is able to offer a choice of cultural and beach-related adventures, scuba diving and spectacular air safaris.

Deep Sea Fishing

Equally renowned for fishing as for diving, Sodwana Bay is a deep sea angler's paradise. A quick flight and short drive will see you heading out to sea on a 25-foot fishing boat to try your luck for blue or black marlin, shark, sailfish, barracuda, yellow-fin tuna and kingfish. &Beyond supports a philosophy of catch and release.
Mark Page
Phinda borders the Mkuze Game Reserve and is just west of the iSimangaliso Park.
  • An environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems
  • Exclusive game viewing experience
  • Walking safaris
  • 4 x 4 Safaris
  • Bush dining
  • Bird watching
  • Scuba diving
  • Sundowners in the reserve