Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the spectacular Phinda Forest Lodge fuses architectural design and conservation. The creation of this award-winning safari lodge was an exemplary exercise in building eco-sensitive structures with a light footprint. Inventively designed in Zulu Zen style, each handcrafted, glass-encased suite is a combination of glass, wood, and minimalist design incorporating high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics and crimson Zulu artifacts. These 16 private stilted suites each feature luxurious en suite bathrooms with slate hand basins and viewing decks where guests can awake to the sight of graceful nyala and duiker outside the glass walls. Unwind in the lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, or relax in the lodges seating areas with expansive viewing decks affording panoramic views of the game-filled plains.
The 16 air-conditioned glass suites are built on stilts and appear to float between the rare Dry Sand Forest floor and the towering torchwood trees. The suites are situated to ensure absolute privacy and each bathroom features twin hand basins, bath, separate shower, and separate toilet. All suites have a personal bar on their private veranda.
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Mealtimes on the open air dining deck bring about their own distractions, as monkeys frolic in the branches and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife grazes on the open plain in the distance. In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the dense foliage above.
Safari activities at Phinda are plentiful. Enjoy game drives, interpretive bush walks, canoeing on the Mzinene River, White Rhino tracking, or watching the sun rise or set whilst enjoying a Mzinene Riverboat Cruise. All are included.