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Experience a wonderful assortment of adventures in the seven unique and contrasting habitats of Phinda Private Game Reserve and its surrounds. From tracking lion and black rhino to intimate cheetah encounters - expect a safari experience unlike any other.
Seven diverse habitats.
Lion and black rhino tracking and research.
Exceptional cheetah viewing.
Scenic flight over Zululand, ending with a day on the beach.
Visit the neighboring communities.
Venture out into the African bush on foot and admire the rich bird life of Phinda. Step into the traditional world of the Zulu with an informative excursion of the neighboring communities. Embark on twice-daily Big Five game drives. Then, spread your wings with a scenic flight over lush Zululand and explore some of the best deep sea diving sites in the world before relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Start anticipating your African adventure with a short summary of what you can expect each day on safari to bring.
This safari is conducted at Phinda Private Game Reserve.
There are six Phinda Lodges from which to choose:
On the crest of the mountain at Phinda Mountain Lodge
Deep within rare sand forest at Phinda Forest Lodge
Suspended on a rock face at Phinda Rock Lodge
At the edge of a clearing at Phinda Vlei Lodge
A sole use villa at The Homestead
A sole-use bush camp at Phinda Zuka Lodge
DAY 1: LION TRACKING
Your Phinda Specialist Guide will join you for lunch and a safari briefing. This afternoon, embark on a lion tracking adventure.
DAY 2: BIG CAT VIEWING
Depart early towards the open grassy plains, where cheetahs are more likely to be encountered. In the evening search for the leopards under the Munyawana Leopard Research Project.
DAY 3: ISIKOLETHU COMMUNITY
Enjoy a morning game drive or sleep in. Later in the morning, depart on a journey through the Zulu communities neighboring Phinda, including a traditional homestead and sangoma (healer). Enjoy a late lunch at the lodge and head out to discover Phinda’s elephant herd dynamics.
DAY 4: PHINDA'S STAR BIRDS
Leave the lodge on a full day walk. Identify Phinda's star birds or track buffalo, elephant bulls or rhino on foot. Hammocks will be set up for you during the hot part of the day. In the late afternoon, arrive at a camp site, set up to experience the wildlife with no barriers.
DAY 5: BLACK RHINO RESEARCH
Depart your tented camp site on foot for your new lodge. Today, you will track black rhino on foot or in a vehicle. If you are up for more adventure, ride well-schooled horses in a neighboring reserve, with a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon you will enjoy an exciting game drive and a gentle boat cruise on the Mzinene River.
DAY 6: FLIGHT OF THE FISH EAGLE
Soar above Zululand on a 45-minute flight over Maputaland’s scenic pans, coastal lakes and unspoiled beaches - landing near one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, Sodwana Bay. Explore one of the world’s top ten dive sites or snorkel, swim and enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon, choose between a game drive and a relaxing siesta. In the evening, tuck into a seven course bush banquet with seven perfectly matched wines.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Enjoy your final game drive and, after breakfast, depart the lodge.
Rates & TERMS
Private open 4x4 safari vehicle, and expert Phinda Specialist guide Mike Karantonis or Daryl Dell and Zulu Tracker.
Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino and bird specialist safari.
45-minute Flight of the Fish Eagle.
R3 000.00 donation to Africa Foundation for community upliftment programs alongside Phinda Private Game Reserve
Scheduled Game Activities as Specified in the Itinerary.
National Park Fees.
Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance.
Accommodation at your choice of Phinda Lodges is on a fully inclusive basis (three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local branded spirits and beers, teas and coffees, all game activities as specified, refreshments on game drives, laundry and emergency medical evacuation insurance).
All scheduled domestic and international flights.
Transfers to and from the lodge.
Gratuities, porterage and all items of a personal nature.
Any tours, activities and entrance fees not mentioned above.
Meals other than those specified above.
Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes.
Single room supplement applicable at some lodges if booking more than two singles.
Visa Fees (if required).
Please don’t forget:
All pricing is indicative and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Rates are based on per group of 6 guests traveling together.
There are 6 superlative Phinda lodges from which to choose:
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