Mountain Lodge is the southernmost lodge on Phinda Game Reserve and is set on top of a small hill with great views across a patch of open savannah. The lodge itself is the largest on Phinda with twenty-three rooms and a large family room. All rooms have their own plunge pool, apart from the family room which is the closest to the stunning infinity communal pool.
Phinda Mountain- The Details
Although Mountain Lodge is one of &Beyond's largest lodges, the feel is still personal and intimate. All rooms have their own private deck and plunge pool, apart from the family room which is the closest to the stunning communal pool. With expansive glass windows and a thatched roof, there is a real sense of true Africa within the room. Soft tones and splashes of colour provide a stunning backdrop to the intricate Zulu artefacts that adorn the rooms.
There is a fantastic boma, gift shop, and a photo editing suite where guests can whittle away any spare time. The lodge is great for kids of all ages, with all staff being very kid friendly and always on hand to look after them when you want a bit of quiet time. Whilst the children are enjoying the WILDChild programme or making pizzas in the kitchen, adults after some peace and quiet in between game drives can make use of the newly opened gym and spa which are perfect sanctuaries for some rest and relaxation. With &Beyond being the only operator on the reserve. With only a handful of these lodges in such a large expanse of wilderness, you won't bump into many other vehicles whilst out on game drive and you can expect &Beyond's high standards to carried throughout.
The south of the reserve is very different to the north and the habitat is similar to what you would expect to see in the Kruger or Sabi Sands. The game in the South is fantastic for all members of the Big 5, including an extremely healthy rhino population. There is some fantastic habitat diversity in the South including quick access to the Mzinene river where sundowner cruises are available.
What sets Phinda apart from other reserves however is their willingness to get guests involved in contributing to conservation. A number of different conservation experiences including chipping rhino, collaring elephant and tracking pangolin are available for guests to take part in. These extra activities do come at an extra cost, but they are certainly worth it. These activities must be pre-booked as it depends on the availability of a private vehicle and vet so please enquire with us beforehand if this is something you would be interested in.