The Phinda Game Reserve and the 7 luxury safari lodges therein is widely regarded as the best game reserve in KwaZulu – Natal.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonNone
    (Higher rates apply during school holidays)

Why Go:

  • Home to the Big Five
  • Open-vehicle expeditions available
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Night and morning game drives
  • Authentic African safari with amazing guides
  • Wide choice of lodging options with flexible pricing


Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife animals including the well known African Big 5. Guests can be sure to spot the entire Big 5 and over 380 bird species on the safari game drives.

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The Phinda Private Game Reserve has four lodges, which are carefully positioned to enhance the experience of the visitors in different habitats of the reserve. The famous Forest Lodge is located in the heart of the sandy forest, whereas the mountain lodge gives the best view of the reserve from the peak of the koppie. The Vlei Lodge is located in the wetland and the rock ledge is located over the valley.

Weather & Climate

The temperature around the summer period in Phinda Game Reserve is extremely hot and humid with plenty of afternoon thunderstorms. However, the winter season is known for being dry and dusty.

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Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Phinda Private Game Reserve is during the season of dry winter, which ranges from the month of May till the month of September. During the winter season, the Phinda Private Game reserve experiences drought-like conditions and therefore the animals gather near the permanent water sources. This makes it easier for the visitors to spot them. While during the wet season of summer the visitors can experience heavy rain fall during the afternoon.

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