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andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

We stayed 2 days only but they were so intense in experiencing Africa's wildlife that we felt we had spent one week. The lodge is very luxurious but cozy and homely at the same time. The bungalows are big with private little pool and terrace, shower and bath tub, and the most enormous bed I ever slept in. The lodge has also a swimming pool, a very nice boma and a comfortable bar area from where one can spot all sorts of animals. They had a wedding party going at the time we were there and according to the happy faces of all guests, it must have been a success. Naturally, the best about Phinda is its well preserved wildlife with its lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, etc. The rangers put every effort in it to show and describe them all, from the smallest dung beetle to the huge elephants. During our stay, we had our "private" ranger. He was very experienced which showed when we almost bumped into a rhino on foot...an experience to remember! We will definitely come back one day, either to Phinda directly or to one of &beyonds other lodges. One little thing to be critical about is the food. Although it is good and tasty, the lodge could ameliorate the quality according to their 5* rating.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

This place is outstanding in every way. We went to other safari parks which are overcrowded and did not see many animals. just on the drive from the gate to phina mountain lodge we saw rhino,warthogs girraffe,monkeys,impala and zebra.On the safari drive at phinda we saw the big 5 and various other animals. the guides and trackers are experienced and exeptional. just imagine sundowners in the middle of a game reserve- what an experience! The lodge accomodation and surounding grounds can not be explained it is phenomonal. the staff are so friendly and accommodating this truly is an experience of a life time. we would return in a heart beat

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

We had an amazing time at Phinda Mountain Lodge. Everything about it was spectacular. The hospitality when we arrived 4 hours late after a 12 hour drive was beyond gracious and warm. The food was fabulous and plentiful - every request was happily taken care of. The rooms were wonderful. And then there was the staff... excellent in every area of the lodge. From the housekeeping, the guides who walked you to your rooms, the hospitality staff, the restaurant waitstaff and of course the amazing, wonderful, incredible and knowledgeable rangers and trackers. I can't imagine being in better hands for the entire stay in every way.

We were a family of 14 celebrating a special birthday and everyone agreed that it was indeed a very special time with thanks to everyone at Phinda.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

I stayed at Phinda Mountain Lodge in June 2008 with my daughter and the experience for both of us was truly remarkable. From the fabulous accommodation to the attentive staff and the amazing game drives where you get up close and personal with the wildlife, not to mention the knowledge and expertise of the rangers, this experience was the very best. Highly recommended and I can't wait to return in May 2011.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

We went during the Christmas season, and let me tell you, Phinda Mountain Lodge was awesome. While a little large at 24 chalets, it still had the feel of a small lodge. It follows the general game reserve structure of early morning game drive, followed by breakfast, then lunch, then an evening game drive, and finally dinner in the boma.

Wildlife:
Because Phinda is such a diverse park, there are grasslands where you can see cheetah, rhino, and other animals easily, as well as rocky hills, a wetland area, and also a forested region. Our first two game drives showed us the Big Five, and we continued to see the animals our entire 4 day stay.

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The guides and everyone else was incredibly friendly, and was very knowledgeable about the park and South Africa in general. Our guide even dined with us once, telling us all about his life growing up in South Africa and other great insight into their culture.

Accommodations:
There are 2 person chalets, each having their own plunge pool in the back. Since the lodge is not fenced in, it is common for animals to walk through the establishment. On one memorable occasion, the housekeeping service found a Mozambique spitting cobra in my luggage, and removed it! They then apologized for unpacking my bag... but their attention was fantastic. You must be escorted by security at night, but it is really only a minor inconvenience.

Overall, the Mountain Lodge was the best lodge we visited while in South Africa, so don't pass up this fantastic location.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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