My husband and I decided to take a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list trip to South Africa for our 5-year wedding anniversary and Phinda Rock Lodge was the first stop. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed. In fact, we were blown away! Every aspect of this lodge exceeded our expectations! The staff always went above and beyond to make our stay extra special including surprise breakfasts in the bush, extended game drives if the viewing was good (which was almost every drive), and a romantic bubble bath with private dinner on our deck to celebrate our wedding anniversary. One of the butlers even taught us some Zulu phrases.
The food was plentiful and always delicious! They fed us literally 7 times a day - morning coffee/biscuits before morning game drive, breakfast snacks while out on game drive, a full hot and cold breakfast when we returned from game drive, lunch, snacks before afternoon game drive, sundowner drinks and snacks during evening game drive and a full 3-course dinner when we returned.
The accommodations were also great! Very clean, spacious and a luxurious comfortable. Each cabin has a plunge pool and lounging space on the deck. Our cabin had fabulous views even from the shower! The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job each day!
The animal viewing was phenomenal! Especially the cheetah sightings! We saw the Big Five and so many other animals. I couldn't believe how close we could get to some of the animals. Our guide and tracker were wonderful! They found some amazing sightings, explained what we were seeing, educated us on the animals and their habits, answered all of our many, many questions and were so friendly.
Overall I cannot recommend Phinda Rock Lodge highly enough! Of all the areas I've traveled and the many places I've stayed, this is by far my favorite and most memorable. The whole experience was amazing and one I will not forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AndBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge looks out over its own lush valley, like a small private castle amidst a tangle of wild African sights and sounds. The suites of this intimate and romantic lodge cling dramatically to steep cliffs with views across the valley. ... more less