andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

In the heart of a rare sand forest lies andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, a collection of serene, contemporary glass houses.

In the heart of a rare sand forest lies andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, a collection of contemporary glass houses, whose transparent walls allow guests to appreciate the calm, deep green of vegetation outside. Carefully spaced for privacy, each of the 16 serene suites feature oversized bathtubs and generous verandas, providing different yet equally relaxing settings to appreciate the parade of wildlife outside.

Sandy paths lead to the main lodge’s stunning infinity pool and the traditional ‘boma’ where a welcoming campfire invites you to savour a delicious meal beneath the stars. There are also plenty of spaces outside where you can read quietly in dappled shade whilst enjoying birdsong.

Things to do at andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge include morning and late afternoon game drives, bush walks and river cruises (water levels permitting) to explore the reserve’s seven distinct habitats. You could also visit a Zulu village, see turtles nesting (seasonal), go scuba diving or visit local conservation projects. Alternatively, you could just sit back and do nothing at all. If you’re travelling with kids, andBeyond’s WILDChild Program will keep them entertained for hours so you can spend more time unwinding.

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How to get to andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

If coming from Johannesburg, the most convenient way to access Phinda Forest Lodge is to fly into Richards Bay airport. On arrival you are met and transferred by road to the lodge (approximately 2 hours).

Activities at andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

  • Game drives morning and evening
  • Guided bush walks
  • River cruises
  • Village visits
  • Conservation project excursions

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

  • A collection of sensitively built glass houses
  • Nestled in a serene sand forest
  • Where you can do a lot or nothing at all
  • With a range of activities to explore Phinda’s seven distinct natural habitats
  • A comprehensive kids’ program so parents can truly relax

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Accommodation at Phinda Private Game Reserve

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge is an architectural wonder - a collection of suites seemingly suspended from cliff face over a valley many metres below.

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Blending beautifully into the surrounding bush, andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is the kind of place where you’re much more likely to see wildlife than people.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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