Highlights and main attractions of Phinda Private Game Reserve

Containing seven different ecosystems and an overwhelming array of wildlife, Phinda is located within the northern subtropical section of the province of KwaZulu Natal, nestled between the infamous game reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe Umfolozi and the St Lucia Wetland Park. A private game reserve that was established in 1991, the 185 square kilometres of land are managed and controlled to great effect, with the reintroduction of indigenous species and today it offers excellent game viewing, the chance to spot the renowned ‘Big Five’ and close proximity to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

With no less than seven ecospheres covering all types of topography from rare sand forest to open savannah plains, it is often referred to as the ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’.

Where is Phinda Private Game Reserve?

Location and Activities

Since its inception it has become somewhat of a conservation case study, with one of the biggest and most successful game relocations on the continent, and an impressive restoration of some 34,600 acres of disused farmland that is now a wilderness sanctuary to endangered animals over its total land mass.

Wildlife here is abundant, and you can spot everything from big predators to smaller antelopes, but it is perhaps most known for its fast predators, such as cheetah which were reintroduced here and it is one the most renowned spots to see them, as the variety of habitats makes it an ideal place to hunt and provide shelter for cubs. Lion and leopard are also seen here regularly, and the endangered white and black rhino are also both established here. Phinda also has one of the highest densities of nyala antelope, whilst the northern sand forest parts are home to some of the reserve’s smallest residents, such as the red duiker and duni. 

You’ll explore the reserve on a series of game drives and excursions from your base, Phinda Forest Lodge, where the setting within the sand forest offers seclusion as well as excellent viewing from the glass walls of the lodge.


A calming retreat in the heart of the forest complete with the atmospheric sounds of birdsong as you start your day.

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