Forest Lodge puts you in the heart of the famous Dry Sand Forest in rooms that are raised above the forest floor to minimise their ecological impact.
Phinda Mountain Lodge
Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Mountain Lodge sits atop one of the rolling summits in the hillier part of the Phinda Reserve, and from the central lodge decking there are great views out over the bush.
The lounge and dining areas are very large and spacious; the decor is modern, and the attention to detail is superb. The twenty-five suites, and the pool area, spread away from the lodge down the hillside, so in contrast to being on the hilltop, the private decks at each room look directly into the bush, where nyala and vervet monkeys forage. The rooms have the same modern styling and are spacious, spread out over split levels with large en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower. Each room also has a private plunge pool on their deck.
The boma is the main focal point in the evenings, where a roaring fire and friendly atmosphere awaits you. The rangers are always happy to stay by the fire after dinner and share stories of their life in the bush.
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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 favourite 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.
This is a very exclusive lodge, small, intimate and beautifully decorated: perfect for those looking for privacy and also for those who appreciate traditional African art and architecture.
The modern, open feel of the rooms, and the proximity to the forest and vlei, make this a wonderful, unique place to stay. In addition, the small number of rooms and the space between them helps generate a feeling of real exclusivity.