Phinda Rock Lodge stands like a small private castle, clinging to the steep cliffs within Phinda Private Game Reserve, one of the most exciting beach-meets-bush safari destinations in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This unique corner of the world encompasses seven distinct habitats sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including Africa's iconic Big Five and the marine life of the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park.

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Phinda Rock Lodge is a unique safari lodge comprised of six stone and adobe suites. From a distance, Phinda Rock Lodge resembles a Mexican hacienda with its rugged adobe-style architecture, but once inside, there is a unique feeling of luxurious rock dwelling seclusion. Carved into the rocky hillside and elevated over the valley below, these cliff-top suites are dramatically interwoven with the wild African bushveld vegetation and wildlife dotting the slopes. Each suite boasts a surprising array of amenities, including a fully-stocked bar and en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, fluffy bathrobes, and soaking bathtubs, as well as private sitting areas and decks outfitted with circular plunge pools offering unrivaled views of the valley below.

Guests of Phinda Rock Lodge are catered to by an exceptional army of staff, including an onsite chef and private butler who see to every request and need. The beautiful suspended dining room is the setting for a variety of freshly prepared meals and the frequent curious genet or giraffe paying a friendly welcome to new guests. Phinda Rock Lodge prides itself on offering a holistic and exciting safari experience, from al fresco bathing to scuba safaris and bird’s-eye game views to quiet evenings spent around the campfire.

Located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda Rock Lodge is surrounded by 54,500 acres of Phinda’s prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five, the elusive cheetah, the rare black rhino, 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. Because of this unique location, guests of Phinda Rock Lodge experience only the most up close and personal game encounters, taking advantage of exciting, fully personalized game-drives in open 4×4 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. Come face-to-face with lions and rhino before breakfast, swim with dolphins after lunch, and catch a marlin before dinner – that’s the Phinda experience, one of the most exciting safari destinations in Africa.

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