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Phinda Game Reserve safaris, tours & holiday packages

Top quick-fix Big Five viewing

This prestigious 230-square-kilometre private reserve reliably produces good sightings of lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino and other wildlife over the course of a couple of days

Phinda, the largest private reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, provides an exclusive guided game viewing experience comparable in style and quality to the legendary private reserves bordering the Kruger Park. All the Big Five are present, including the endangered black rhino. Phinda is also home to plentiful white rhino, but the biggest local specialty is cheetah, which tends to be very habituated, allowing for great close-up behavioural viewing. 

Popular Phinda Game Reserve safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Southern Africa safari adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Southern Africa safari adventure

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.

$ 7,379

£ 5,678

R 103,730


per person

14 days

Mauritius and South Africa honeymoon safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Mauritius and South Africa honeymoon safari

Start your trip in South Africa and finish in Mauritius. Experience the stunning beaches and the Big Five in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

$ 4,940

£ 3,801

R 69,440


per person

11 days

Stunning view from the Rovos Rail

Luxury South Africa

Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday

$ 6,070

£ 4,671

R 85,330


per person

11 days

South African holiday adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African holiday adventure

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five

$ 3,690

£ 2,839

R 51,870


per person

10 days

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Philip Briggs says

Over three visits to Phinda, I've been rewarded some of my most memorable cheetah viewing anywhere in Africa - mothers with several cubs on two visits, as well as attempted hunts, and males prowling their territory. The classy lodges and well-trained guides are a pleasure too. 

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Phinda has an unusual history. Situated on the eastern border of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reserve was forged from a tract of neglected farmland in 1991, following a massive clean-up operation in which 15 tons of scrap metal was removed. The management then embarked on an ambitious programme of reintroductions. Lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino and buffalo were relocated to the reserve to supplement the then-skittish resident populations of leopard and various antelope.

Guests spending two nights in Phinda can reasonably expect to see all the Big Five (except perhaps leopard, which are quite erratic and skittish). A handsome local specialty is a nyala, a spiraled-horn antelope endemic to the eastern coastal belt of southern Africa. Other common ungulates include giraffe, zebra, greater kudu, impala, while a rare patch of sand forest protects the diminutive suni antelope and red duiker. Phinda's varied ecosystems are reflected in a bird checklist of 415 species, with raptors particularly well represented.

Guided bird walks in the sand forest offer the opportunity to seek out several localised specials, including Neergard’s sunbird, pink-throated twinspot and African broadbill. As with most private reserves, Phinda is closed to day visitors and all game viewing activities in from open-sided 4x4s driven by expert guides. The reserve management operates six stylish lodges, ranging from small and upmarket to tiny and ultra-exclusive. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Phinda Game Reserve

When is the best time to visit the Phinda Private Game Reserve?

The best time to visit the Phinda Private Game Reserve is during the dry winter months of May to September - which provides excellent game viewing opportunities as the wildlife will congregate around the water sources. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Phinda Game Reserve safaris

I enjoyed the entire experience. Megan Warrington and Discover Africa, were wonderful. I told her what I was looking for in a Safari and she delivered. I was picked up promptly at the airport in Maun and flown to Moremi Game Reserve where…

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from Botswana

We went on Safari to Phinda Game Reserve which was our choice as was the choice of two nights on the Rovos train.Our agent was quite happy with helping us with anything we requested. We worked out dates of where we wanted to be and when and…

Madeline & Raymond Goodman

We went on Safari to Phinda Game reserve which was our choice as was the the choice of 2 nights on the Rovos train.Our agent was quite happy with helping us with anything we requested. We worked out dates of where we wanted to be and when…

Madeline & Reymond Goodman

from Australia

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

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