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5 reasons to visit the Phinda Private Game Reserve

Shikha Sarkar | April 05, 2015


The award-winning Phinda Private Game Reserve provides an unmatched wildlife experience that combines the very best of South African wilderness and the best of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. At Phinda Private Game Reserve, you can have the unique experience of being able to swim with dolphins before hearing the roar of a lion.

Seven distinct habitats – A haven for wildlife

Phinda Private Game Reserve is located close to the coastline of the Indian Ocean and the famed World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The unspoilt beaches and the lush wetland park are just one of the many highlights of the Phinda Private Game Reserve. This unique location has seven distinct ecosystems spread over 23,000 hectares. The diverse habitats are a sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife leading to the reserve’s nickname ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’

Rare sand forest – A unique habitat

A few million years ago, the sea used to be further inland. The lapping of the waves created a long coastline of sand dunes. With the passage of time, the sea has retreated and a distinctive forest ecosystem has formed. Phinda Private Game Reserve encloses 1,000 hectares of Africa’s rare sand forest. The rare sand forest is now a sanctuary for endangered wildlife like the black rhino.


Easily spot Africa’s famous Big Five

Every visitor on a safari aims to view the Big Five – the leopard, lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo and Black or white rhinoceros. The stunning diversity of ecosystems at Phinda offers a rich abundance of wildlife. This creates a possibility of viewing the Big Five in their element and also viewing rarer, more elusive species like the cheetah.


Sodwana Bay – One of the top ten dive sites in the world

Beyond the allure of Phinda’s wildlife attractions, the marine diversity of Sodwana Bay beckons. Widely recognized as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, Sodwana Bay’s marine riches are easily accessible from Phinda. The untouched reefs are home to over 1,200 species of fish. There is stunning coral reef diving to be experienced. Other water activities include swimming with whale sharks. Watch as the leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs at Sodwana Bay.


Magnificent Lodges – Luxury in the wilderness

Phinda Private Game Reserve is always counted among the most exclusive luxury destinations in South Africa. Phinda has six distinct lodges including the Phinda Forest Lodge and the Phinda Mountain Lodge. Each lodge is designed to blend in with surroundings. The lodges expertly combine luxury and privacy without compromising on the proximity to the wildlife.

Enjoy your daily meals as you witness the wild animals go by.


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This article is courtesy of Outwoods, a Singapore-based travel company offering high-end adventures to exotic destinations in Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

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Shikha Sarkar

With more than 16 years of comprehensive experience in international sales mostly in diamond jewelry industry, her conversion from the "corporate" to the "wild" is a fascinating tale on its own. With an extensive trot across the globe, panning from South to North America, to Europe, to Asia and Middle East; this highly motivated and entrepreneurial dashing young woman is the mastermind behind Outwoods and your regular "go to person". Other articles by this author



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