Phinda Private Game Reserve covers over 56 000 acres of wilderness. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species.
Phinda has 7 distinct ecosysemts – a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans waiting to be discovered. The Reserve is also home to 5,000hectares of Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest.
Situated within close proximity of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Phinda is also located within easy reach of the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a lush conservation area that has earned World Heritage Site status. With unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs nearby, and an abundance of wildlife, Phinda offers guests the perfect bush and beach adventure.
Meaning “The Return” in Zulu, “Phinda” is an exemplary example of successful responsible tourism – firstly restoring misused farmland to its pristine state over 16 years ago, restocking it with the Big Five and other wildlife and developing it into an award-winning ecotourism destination; and now returning the land to its ancestral owners. Phinda’s pioneering land-claim settlement proves that if the communities surrounding conservation areas truly feel the benefit of ecotourism, they too will support ongoing conservation and biodiversity of pristine reserves for the benefit of future generations.
Country: South Africa
Park Size: 57,000 acres – 23,000 hecters
Ecosystems: Woodlands, savanah, forest, mountain ranges, Indian Ocean, rivercourses, marshes and pans
Wildlife: Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, 450 bird species
When to go: Dry season (May – November) but good year round. Can get hot in dry season
Highlights: Game drives, guided walks, night game drives