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With its magnificent position between the African wilderness and the balmy depths of the Indian Ocean, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve offers a range of thrilling land and water adventures.


Are you looking for an extraordinary immersive South African adventure to astonish you?  In that case, the rebuilt Phinda Homestead might be what you are looking for! This in light of its all round ‘wonder’ equation of beach, bush, wildlife, and culture, plus equally important first-class accommodation & service! Explore the thrills of Phinda Homestead, and see for yourself…

Tucked into the edge of a dappled forest the lodge looks out over an open clearing, and its architecture blends perfectly into its natural surroundings. Blurring the boundaries between the guest and the bush, the lodge’s living areas consist of large covered open spaces, while the clever use of large expanses of glass maximises the feeling of being outdoors. Spacious flat roofed walkways and shaded area open out onto sun decks and a sparkling swimming pool that extends out into the open pan. Rammed earth walls and recycled timber accents bring the natural feel into the indoor spaces.

The design elements used to create Phinda Homestead are proudly and uniquely South African. One-of-a-kind Zulu reed tassel curtains were sourced from a local roadside stall and now take pride of place in the luxury ensuite bathrooms. Intricate hand-woven Zulu baskets produced by Khanyisele Crafts in the Nongoma community are also featured throughout. Zulu basketwork and weaving are celebrated throughout, with subtle lattice patterns brought to play in the most unexpected areas. Quirky design touches pay homage to the history of the land where the reserve is situated, which was once dilapidated cattle and pineapple farms before being reclaimed for conservation and transformed into a renowned Big Five game reserve.

Inviting guest areas blend perfectly into private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms where generous bathtubs look out onto the bush outside. Open to the cooling breezes, shared living spaces invite guests to interact with each other, as well as with the beautiful landscape outside.

A calming water feature in the entrance sets the tone for this soothing and elegant bush home, while the lodge design caters perfectly for al fresco dining. The deep veranda boasts a breakfast bar that converts into a cocktail area in the evening hours. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s 2 private chef into the centre of the guest experience, allowing hearty meals to be prepared at the heart of this comfortable bush home. Flavours and fragrances from the hanging herb garden situated off the front kitchen enhance the delicious fare prepared for guests.

A gym and massage area cater to guest comfort, while a nanny’s room is available for child minders or staff travelling with the family.

The much-loved lodge, which is booked as a single unit for families or groups of friends, comes with a dedicated ranger and tracker team, as well as a private safari vehicle. Game drives times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalised safari.

Guests will be startled, from nights under stars to Indian Ocean scuba safaris, beach adventures, black rhino tracking, turtle nesting and horse-back safaris to name but a few. This journey awaits you, and the reviews certainly speak volumes!

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In addition to morning and afternoon game drives, as well as game walks, guests can also enjoy a plethora of other adventures:


Spend the night sleeping directly beneath the stars in the heart of the bush on this thrilling overnight adventure. As the sun sets at the end of your afternoon game drive, you will arrive at a beautiful clearing in the midst of the bush, where comfortable beds with warm duvets and blankets, as well as billowing mosquito nets, are set up for you. Pull your chair up to the blazing camp re and toast the sunset as darkness deepens. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared on the open re and fall asleep in utter tranquillity, surrounded by Africa’s night sounds and kept safe by an armed guard.


Be invited into an authentic Zulu homestead, visit the training school of a local sangoma, or traditional healer, and shop for exquisite handicrafts in the community surrounding &Beyond Phinda. Get a glimpse into the rituals of daily life and see how tribal culture and traditional a ect rural Zulu villagers in the modern world.


The vast sandy beaches of the Maputaland coastline provide a beautiful setting for a half-day beach outing. Soak up the sun, splash in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax with a good book, play beach games, take leisurely walks along the shoreline or snorkel alongside Jesser Point, a protected marine reserve.


Recognised as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, Sodwana Bay o ers an abundance of sh and marine life throughout the year. The gullies, ledges and pinnacles of the coral reef are home to more than 1 200 fascinating sh species.


Slip on a pair of walking shoes and spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to nd the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognise rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in search of your quarry.

TURTLE NESTING ADVENTURE (Available November to February)

For four months during the southern hemisphere summer, the enormous leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean at Sodwana Bay to lay their precious eggs in the sand. As the moon rises over the ocean, excitement grows as you drive along the deserted coastline in search of fresh turtle tracks that emerge from the ocean and travel along the beach in search of a suitable nesting site. Watch as the female turtle digs her nest and lays her clutch of up to a hundred eggs.


Discover picturesque False Bay, which forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, on a scenic two-hour horseback ride. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park o ers extraordinary habitats. Journey through wooded sand forests, where you will encounter an array of bird species as well as crocodile and hippopotamus (from a safe distance), before reaching the shoreline of False Bay. Be sure to keep an eye out for ancient shells and ammonite fossils, dating back millions of years.


Whilst enjoying the exceptional Big Five &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, why not treat yourself to an Ocean Safari that o ers a wonderful opportunity to encounter some of South Africa’s beautiful marine life. This exciting adventure, aboard an in atable vessel and
in the company of a certi ed dive master, o ers the prospect of encountering and swimming with wild dolphins, snorkelling amidst ourishing reefs and the chance to view humpback and southern right whales (seasonal).


The itinerary is ideal for families with older children, as well as anyone with an interest in wildlife management or photography. Not only are the trips privately guided, but they also include access to &Beyond conservationists, as well as a specialist photographic guide.

Accommodation is at &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge, an exclusive sole-use lodge with its own butler and chef, as well as a private vehicle and guide.

Highlights of the Impact Journey include taking part in the capture of a rhino for research purposes and learning how to use telemetry equipment to locate wildlife. Guests will have the chance to meet with wildlife research technicians and find out more about the wildlife monitoring and research programmes in place at the reserve. A bird ringing exercise focuses on the smaller denizens of the bush, netting the little creatures before recording their measurements and tagging them prior to release.

Phinda Homestead currently has a 5 out of 5 star Tripadvisor review.

For a full list of andBeyond awards and accolades visit here.

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    Tracy Burrows is the founder of the Out There Global platform featuring both cost effective and luxury best cultural vacation ideas & experiences from around the world. From Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 she managed the blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). She was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and a contributing writer at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine), and Africa Geographic. Prior to her career she obtained a tourism research, and marketing degree, and also graduated from a 2 year ‘Management in Development Program’ in San Diego California. She also acquired a qualification in journalism and media and since it’s been all about culture, adventure and multi media! Her nourishment comes from all those who have impacted her, including: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey, and we hope you enjoy finding an immersive experience and the culture & adventure in the destination! Aside from Out There Global Magazine, Tracy has also run a Public Relations, and SEO business since 2010 for small business.


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