Phinda Rock Lodge
Phinda Rock Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
At Rock Lodge, the fantastic environment of Phinda can be enjoyed from intimate exclusivity. The small lounge and dining areas create a very private atmosphere, strengthened by high, personal levels of service. Weather permitting, meals are taken on the small terrace area which commands stunning views across the bush. After dinner, the lounge and fireplace are a popular place to sit up and discuss the events of the day.
There are just six rooms, strongly influenced by tribal Africa with wooden beams for ceilings, adobe walls, and shutters and doors of thick, heavy, darkly stained wood. As the name would suggest, the rooms have thick stone walls, making them delightfully cool in the heat of summer and helping them stay cozy in winter. They have all of the conveniences that you would expect from a top safari lodge, including mini-bars, air-conditioning and separate baths and showers.
Whether in your bath, bed, or plunge pool you can enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding bush, which spreads out below you like your private domain. The views from the plunge pools are particularly enjoyable as the bush drops away very steeply from them.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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