Phinda (South Africa)


South Africa







Containing 7 different eco systems, Phinda has the Big 5, 415 bird species and a range of rarer animal species. This is one of the most beautiful spots in the country to view African wildlife, as its distinct eco systems give rise to varied landscapes. Endangered species like the cheetah and black rhino are also protected 

here. Close to Sodwana Bay on the coast and the famous iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Phinda is the perfect safari addition to a holiday on the Kwazulu Natal coast. Phinda has an excellent variety of luxury game lodges, each featuring a unique set of accommodation types and fantastic views of the reserve.

Attractions & Activities

A closer look at what your holiday could be.


With the Big 5, including rare black rhino, 415 bird species and a variety of rare or endangered mammals, game viewing at Phinda is exciting and productive.

Night drives will introduce you to fascinating wildlife including the nocturnal aardvark, bush baby and bushpig.

Game drives are conducted twice daily, in the mornings and afternoons. Bush walks, river canoeing, scuba safaris, birding, rhino tracking, horse back riding on the beach, village tours and turtle tracking are all available in the area. Visitors to Phina have the advantage of viewing land animals in the reserve and some incredible marine life on the nearby coast.


Getting here

Phinda is easily accessible; the drive from Durban is around 5 hours, and there are daily flights from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Visitors can also fly to Richard's Bay and take a 2 hour road transfer.

When to visit

Cooler temperatures and thinner vegetation in winters makes for easier game viewing, but Phinda is pleasant all year round. Visitors be advised that Phinda is located in a malaria area, so precautions should be taken all year round.

"Phinda is a beautiful big 5 game reserve in KwaZulu Natal, it is perfect to combine a safari at Phinda with a beach holiday in northern KwaZulu Natal. "

Adam Malmnas - Owner & Founder