Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Phinda Private Game Reserve
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Description

Phinda Private Game Reserve combines Big Five game viewing experiences with seven magnificent safari lodges. 21,000 hectares of pristine reserve encompass luxurious sole-use villas for private family escapes, walking safaris and unique specialist safaris bringing you close to the African wilderness

PHINDA'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND AWARDS

  • Chosen as Best Hotel for Wildlife Enthusiasts by Town & Country, January 2001
  • Listed among the 101 best hotels in the world in UK Tatler's Travel Guide 2001
  • Voted by Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) as "Best Game Lodge in Southern Africa" (1998)
  • Winner of British Airways' "Tourism for Tomorrow" Award (S.Hemisphere) (1998)
Located between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda's 17 000 hectares encompass a World Heritage Site and seven unique ecosystems. Nestled below the Lebombo Mountains of northern KwaZulu Natal, Phinda is the reality of CCAfrica's vision of creating an ecosystem in which wildlife, local communities, investors and tourists all play a vital role and enjoy tangible benefits.

Its name comes from a Zulu word meaning 'the return', so-called for one of the biggest reintroductions of game in Africa, when this magnificent CCAfrica-owned property was restocked with lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, giraffe and other big game.

The four unique lodges - Forest, Vlei, Rock and Mountain each capture the essence of CCAfrica - luxury accommodation, superb food and each in an outstanding setting. Phinda's Conference facilities can accommodate up to 70 delegates.

Phinda Private Game Reserve is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

CC Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 23 000 hectares (57 000 acres) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Guests can look forward to exciting game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach. 

Phinda is situated in the wild and diverse northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa's Zulu Kingdom.

One of the nine provinces of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal offers an eclectic mix of cultures, natural and unspoilt scenery, pristine beaches, the splendid Indian Ocean - with its abundant sea-life - as well as good infrastructure and modern cities juxtaposed against rural settlements. KZN (as abbreviated by the locals) is also home to the culturally-rich and facinating history of the Zulu Nation, evident in the many battlefields and historical establishments dotted around this colourful province.

Attractions

Twice-daily game-drives
Enjoy exceptional Big Five game viewing in open 4x4 safari vehicles with experienced rangers and Zulu trackers.

Interpretive Bush Walks
Learn more about the traditional uses and the legends surrounding indigenous trees and shrubs, as well as how to identify tracks and see rare birds on walks led by armed rangers and trackers.

Mzinene River Canoeing
Catch sight of some of Phinda’s incredible birdlife while paddling along the river - flanked by lush riverine forest with huge fever and sycamore fig trees – in a sturdy canoe.

Mzinene Riverboat Cruise
Watch a magnificent sunrise or sunset while enjoying a leisurely cruise along the Mzinene River in Phinda’s riverboat. See some of the 200 or more waterbirds, as well as crocodiles and hippos lazing about.

White Rhino Tracking
Set off with your professional armed ranger and tracker in a 4x4 safari vehicle, searching for fresh signs of white rhino activity. When tracks are found, experience the quiet thrill of tracking white rhino on foot.

 

BEACH AND BUSH ADVENTURES
At an additional cost

Flight of the Fish Eagle
Experience a breathtaking 60-minute flight over the diverse Maputaland wilderness of scenic pans, coastal lakes, bushveld, densely vegetated dunes and wildlife, and spot whales, whalesharks, dolphins and turtles in the magnificent Indian Ocean.

Scuba Safaris
A 15-minute flight and short drive takes you to one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Diving the reefs of Sodwana Bay allows you to experience a portrait of marine diversity, with approximately 1200 species of fish and spectacular coral formations. (Can be combined with Maputaland Beach Adventures)

Deep-sea Fishing
Fly to Sodwana Bay – a fisherman’s paradise inside a Marine Reserve – where a short drive takes you to your 25-foot sport fishing boat rigged for bill (marlin and sailfish), game (barracuda, yellowfin tuna and kingfish) and shark fishing. Phinda supports ‘catch-and-release’ procedures for deep-sea fishing.

Maputaland Beach Adventures
A 15-minute flight and a short drive in a specially designed 4x4 beach vehicle takes you to the beautiful beach at Jesser Point. Depending on the tides, you will be driven to a secluded spot where you can enjoy snorkelling, swimming, or simply sunning on the endless beach, as well as a delicious picnic.

Beach Horse Riding
A 45-minute drive from Phinda takes you to the beach for an exhilarating one-hour ride followed by a scrumptious picnic snack. (Can be combined with Maputaland Beach Adventures)

False Bay Horse Riding
Enjoy the unmatched delight of riding well-schooled horses through False Bay Nature Reserve. A 1.5 hour ride takes you through the rare Dry Sand Forest habitat and along the picturesque False Bay lakeside. After the ride, relax and enjoy a delightful picnic snack while the horses rest at the water’s edge.

Night Turtle Drives (seasonal)
A 45-minute drive from Phinda takes you to meet your beach ranger who will show you the wonders of the beach at night. In season, loggerhead turtles and gigantic leatherback turtles make the strenuous trail up the beach to lay their eggs - a humbling experience. Depending on the tides, you will either enjoy snacks, drinks and hot toddies on the beach or a delicious surfside supper.

Isikolethu (“Our Culture”) Community Experience
Experience the wonders and diversity of the Zulu culture while exploring the Mduku, Mnqobokazi and Nibela rural communities surrounding the Reserve. Guests will depart after breakfast at 10h00, enjoying visits to Macebo crèche, the Sangoma (witch doctor), Ngubane Homestead and Mdluli Ancestoral Home. After an action-packed morning, guests will return to Phinda in time for a late lunch and their afternoon game-drive.

Directions

FROM JOHANNESBURG TO PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE, ROCK LODGE AND ZUKA LODGE Our usual recommended route to &Beyond Phinda takes 6 hours by road, however, with the current road works between Pongola and Piet Retief, this route is now experiencing 2 to 3 hour delays. To make things easier for our guests, we have sourced an alternate route to Phinda (6.5 hours by road). This route is advisable for guests until the road works are complete. • Depart Johannesburg on the N3 highway to Heidelburg / Durban • Exit the highway at the R23 Heidelburg (south) / Standerton off-ramp • Turn left onto the R23 to Standerton Please watch out for the camera speed-trap in the 40 km zone a few hundred meters after turning onto the R23 • Standerton is approximately 100 km from the R23 / N3 junction Driving into Standerton, turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Walter Sisulu (there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the corner) Turn left onto Dr Nelson Mandela at the next set of traffic lights, signposted Orange Free State / KwaZulu-Natal R23 Remain on Dr Nelson Mandela and follow the R23 Volksrust signposts through the rest of town • Volksrust is approximately 85 km from Standerton Driving into Volksrust, turn left at the first set of traffic lights onto Joubert Str (there is an Excel service station on the corner) Turn right onto Laings Nek Str at the 3rd set of traffic lights, signposted N11 Durban / Newcastle • Enter KwaZulu-Natal and continue along the N11 towards Durban / Newcastle There are 2 stop/go sections, as construction is underway on this section of the road Please watch out for the two camera speed-traps on this section of the road. The first at the bottom of Laings Nek Pass, opposite the road stall and shop on the left side of the road. The second is after the Newcastle 26 km signpost. Turn left onto the R34 to Utrecht / Vryheid (approximately 40 km from Volksrust) • Pass Utrecht town on the left and continue along the R34 to Vryheid • Turn left onto the R33/R34 Vryheid (approximately 78 km from the R34/N11 junction) • Vryheid is approximately 24 km from R33/R34 junction Before entering the town, turn right at the R69 Louwsburg / R34 Ulundi/Empangeni Continue for 6 km until reaching the stop street. Continue straight over along the R69 for a further 4 km Turn right at the T-junction onto the R69 to Louwsburg / Mkuze • Pass the turnoff to Louwsburg on the left and continue along the R69 to Pongola • Turn left onto the R66 Pongola / R69 (N2) Mkuze (* Read foot note at the bottom of this document) • Continue for 21 km to Pongola, then turn right onto the N2 to Mkuze and on towards Phinda • Approximately 40 km beyond Mkuze, take the sign-posted “Phinda” off-ramp • At the top of the fly-off, turn left and you will reach a T-junction • At the T-junction, turn left onto a gravel road • Follow the gravel road for approximately 4 km until you reach a railway line • Cross over the railway line and turn immediately right • Ahead of you is the entrance gate to the Munyawana Private Game Reserve • At the gate, a security guard will welcome you and assist with directions to the various lodges • Please note that all our lodges are sign-posted within the Reserve 2. FROM DURBAN TO PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE, ROCK LODGE AND ZUKA LODGE • Take the N2 highway northbound towards Stanger • Pass the towns of Ballito, Tinley Manor, Stanger, Mtunzini, Empangeni, Richard’s Bay, Kwambonambi and Mtubatuba • Remain on the N2, passing the town of Hluhluwe • 10 km beyond Hluhluwe, take the sign-posted “Phinda” off-ramp • At the top of the fly-off, turn right onto the bridge and you will reach a T-junction • At the T-junction, turn left onto a gravel road • Follow the gravel road for approximately 4 km until you reach a railway line • Cross over the railway line and turn immediately right • Ahead of you is the entrance gate to the Munyawana Private Game Reserve • At the gate, a security guard will welcome you and assist with directions to the various lodges Please note that all our lodges are sign-posted within the Reserve 3. FROM JOHANNESBURG TO PHINDA FOREST LODGE, VLEI LODGE AND THE HOMESTEAD Our usual recommended route to &Beyond Phinda takes 6 hours by road, however, with the current road works between Pongola and Piet Retief, this route is now experiencing 2 to 3 hour delays. To make things easier for our guests, we have sourced an alternate route to Phinda (6.5 hours by road). This route is advisable for guests until the road works are complete. • Depart Johannesburg on the N3 highway to Heidelburg / Durban • Exit the highway at the R23 Heidelburg (south) / Standerton off-ramp • Turn left onto the R23 to Standerton Please watch out for the camera speed-trap in the 40 km zone a few hundred meters after turning onto the R23 • Standerton is approximately 100 km from the R23 / N3 junction Driving into Standerton, turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Walter Sisulu (there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the corner) Turn left onto Dr Nelson Mandela at the next set of traffic lights, signposted Orange Free State / KwaZulu-Natal R23 Remain on Dr Nelson Mandela and follow the R23 Volksrust signposts through the rest of town • Volksrust is approximately 85 km from Standerton Driving into Volksrust, turn left at the first set of traffic lights onto Joubert Str (there is an Excel service station on the corner) Turn right onto Laings Nek Str at the 3rd set of traffic lights, signposted N11 Durban / Newcastle • Enter KwaZulu-Natal and continue along the N11 towards Durban / Newcastle There are 2 stop/go sections, as construction is underway on this section of the road Please watch out for the two camera speed-traps on this section of the road. The first at the bottom of Laings Nek Pass, opposite the road stall and shop on the left side of the road. The second is after the Newcastle 26 km signpost. • Turn left onto the R34 to Utrecht / Vryheid (approximately 40 km from Volksrust) • Pass Utrecht town on the left and continue along the R34 to Vryheid • Turn left onto the R33/R34 Vryheid (approximately 78 km from the R34/N11 junction) • Vryheid is approximately 24 km from R33/R34 junction Before entering the town, turn right at the R69 Louwsburg / R34 Ulundi/Empangeni Continue for 6 km until reaching the stop street. Continue straight over along the R69 for a further 4 km Turn right at the T-junction onto the R69 to Louwsburg / Mkuze • Pass the turnoff to Louwsburg on the left and continue along the R69 to Pongola • Turn left onto the R66 Pongola / R69 (N2) Mkuze (* Read foot note at the bottom of this document) Continue for 21 km to Pongola, then turn right onto the N2 to Mkuze and on towards Phinda • 40 km beyond Mkuze, you will see a “Phinda” sign-posted fly-off. Do not take this fly-off as it leads to Mountain Lodge and Rock Lodge. Instead remain on the N2 for an additional 10 km until you reach the Hluhluwe fly-off. • Take the Hluhluwe fly-off and follow the signs into the town of Hluhluwe (4 km) • Entering Hluhluwe, you will cross 3 consecutive traffic circles. The 1st circle is located just before you enter the town. The 2nd circle is located just after the Engen fuel garage. The 3rd circle is located just before the Total fuel garage. Continue to the 4th circle which is opposite the Farmer’s Market. • At the 4th circle, turn left following the False Bay / Sodwana Bay signage. As you pass the “Build-It Hardware Store” you will leave the outskirts of town, and prepare to take a right turn, crossing over the railway line. Signage should indicate Sodwana Bay / False Bay • Continue along this tar road for approximately 28 km (do not take any turns leading to False Bay) • When you reach the Mduku Crossing (indicated clearly by numerous consecutive speed bumps), take the “Phinda” sign-posted D675 turning to your left • Continue along this road (soon becomes gravel) for approximately 2.6 km before you reach a T-junction • At the T-junction, take a right turn onto the D448 and travel for 3.6 km until you reach the entrance gate to the Munyawana Private Game Reserve • At the gate, a security guard will welcome you and assist with directions to the various lodges • Please note that all our lodges are sign-posted within the Reserve 4. FROM DURBAN TO PHINDA FOREST LODGE, VLEI LODGE AND THE HOMESTEAD • Take the N2 highway northbound towards Stanger • Pass the towns of Ballito, Tinley Manor, Stanger, Mtunzini, Empangeni, Richard’s Bay, Kwambonambi and Mtubatuba • Take the Hluhluwe fly-off. At the top of the fly-off, turn right onto the bridge and follow the signage into the town of Hluhluwe (4 km) • Entering Hluhluwe, you will cross 3 consecutive traffic circles. The 1st circle is located just before you enter the town. The 2nd circle is located just after the Engen fuel garage. The 3rd circle is located just before the Total fuel garage. Continue to the 4th circle which is opposite the Farmer’s Market. • At the 4th circle, turn left following the False Bay / Sodwana Bay signage. As you pass the “Build-It Hardware Store” you will leave the outskirts of town, and prepare to take a right turn, crossing over the railway line. Signage should indicate Sodwana Bay / False Bay. • Continue along this tar road for approximately 28 km (do not take any turns leading to False Bay) When you reach the Mduku Crossing (indicated clearly by numerous consecutive speed bumps), take the “Phinda” sign-posted D675 turning to your left • Continue along this road (soon becomes gravel) for approximately 2.6 km before you reach a Tjunction • At the T-junction, take a right turn onto the D448 and travel for 3.6 km until you reach the entrance gate to the Munyawana Private Game Reserve • At the gate, a security guard will welcome you and assist with directions to the various lodges • Please note that all our lodges are sign-posted within the Reserve 5. FROM RICHARDS BAY TO PHINDA: • Take the N2 from Richards Bay airport and continue on the N2 past Matubatuba and Hluhluwe • Approximately 10km past the Hluhluwe off ramp, you take the Phinda off ramp. • At the tip of the fly off turn right onto the bridge over the N2 • At the T-Junction, turn left following the Phinda signboard. • Continue along the gravel road for approximately 4km • Cross over the railway line and turn right at the fork immediately after the railway line. • Proceed for about 4km until you reach the gate to the reserve. DISTANCE CHART • Johannesburg/Phinda 600km 6 hours 30 minutes • Durban/ Phinda 330km 3 hours 30 minutes Please be aware, as you approach the Lodge that you are in a wilderness area where predators and highprofile game roam freely. Do not leave your car for any reason. Should you require assistance, kindly call the Lodge on 035 562 0271. Wherever possible and available, we do provide covered parking for guest vehicles but please be advised that we cannot be held responsible for theft, loss or damage, whilst vehicles are parked on our premises. *Note: From Johannesburg: An alternative route that cuts out Pongola and saves approximately 30 minutes for guests who are prepared to travel 30 km along a gravel road: • 3 km after turning on to the R 66 / R 69 road, turn right at the R69 Candover sign onto the gravel road • Continue for 30km along the gravel road until reaching the N2 • Turn right on to the N2 to Mkuze and on towards Phinda

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