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Phinda Forest Lodge,
Phinda Game Reserve - Andbeyond Safari Lodges
Phinda Forest LodgePhinda Forest Lodge is a Superior safari lodge with glass-fronted chalets on stilts in the forest. Literally hand-built by local Zulu people to minimise impact on the rare Sand Forest, Phinda Forest Lodge's 16 stilted glass chalets float between the forest floor below and towering torchwood trees above. Within these unique habitats no luxury has been overlooked, from beechwood and slate floors, to air-conditioning and hand towels tied with lichen. At Phinda Forest Lodge walls have become windows opening up to the canopy beyond. Outside, the forest is alive with creatures, from the tiny red duiker and suni antelope to the narina trogon and rare red squirrel. Your private glass chalet beckons the forest within. The dining, lounge, viewing deck and shaded pool areas of this intimate and secluded camp overlook a tranquil grassy vlei.
There is also a forest "boma" (reeded enclosure) where memorable evenings are spent dining under the stars. The main reception area boasts a well stocked curio shop.
Guests enjoy game drives, nature walks, birding, rhino tracking, boat cruises, canoeing and community visits. Optional extras include coastal flights, beach excursions and activities
Set in rare sand forest, the glass walls of Phinda Forest Lodge offer a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. The dainty forms of dwarf forest antelope dart among and below the suites, raised on stilts to float between the sandy forest floor and the leafy canopy above. Waking up to rustling forest sounds and bird song, surrounded by delicate leaf-filtered light, a pervading sense of peace and calm will set the tone for your entire day.
Cradled in a deep maze of ancient vegetation, each air conditioned suite provides serene, reflective spaces to watch the secrets of the forest unfold. The dappled green shade works its magic on guests and animals alike, providing an intimate glance into the world of the forest dwellers. Tiny suni and red duiker graze among the vines and massive tree trunks, and a short walk to the main guest area could easily become a close encounter with a graceful nyala or an agile impala.
Fresh duiker tracks in the sandy paths point the way towards the lodge's rim flow pool, where you can relax in the shade of the wooded canopy. While away an afternoon on the spacious private veranda of your suite, secluded from all except an occasional red tonga squirrel in the treetops. Invite the tranquillity of the forest inside with you and take a soak in your oversized bathtub with huge glass windows offering yet another perspective on the play of leaves and light outside.
Mealtimes on the open air dining deck bring about their own distractions, as monkeys frolic in the branches and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife grazes on the open plain in the distance. In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the dense foliage above.
Phinda's unparalleled safari experiences: Little can compare to
Phinda's exciting range of safari activities. Apart from the
twice-daily game-drives, nature walks, riverboat cruises and canoe
trips along the Mzinene River (available at no additional cost),
Phinda also offers a range of optional
thrilling Indian Ocean adventures from scuba diving and deep-sea
fishing to spectacular air safaris.
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