We've just returned from 4 fabulous nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge. From our pick-up at King Shaka airport in Durban, to our drop-off at Thonga Beach Lodge the service was excellent. When we arrived at the lodge in the afternoon we were warmly greeted by Sam, whose husband Paul is the head chef. After explaining some of the details of the lodge, meals times and game drive information we were shown to beautiful bungalows 21 & 22. Each with their own plunge pool glistening in the sun with the Nyala grazing only a few metres away. After a quick refresh we met up at the lodge for tea and afternoon cocktails and were introduced to Felicity, our Ranger, and several other guests that we would be on our 8 game drives with.
The game drives were spectacular and we were treated with a staggering number of encounters with Phinda's large collection of animals. Zebras, giraffes, impala, nyala, wildebeest, buffalo, warthogs, lions, elephants were plentiful along with several sightings of cheetah, both the black and white rhinos, hippos, crocs, and one very special evening of tracking a leopard deep in the reserve. Enough cannot be said about Felicity's commitment and passion for wildlife, her outgoing personality and warmth or her strength of character. Our tracker, John, amazed us several times at his abilities to find just what we were looking for and for a man of such few words was amazingly easy to learn from. It was Felicity and John that made an already great experience one that was truly magical for us all. We thank you both tremendously.
Returning to our rooms after game drives was always a pleasure. Housekeeping was fastidious and was always done without noticing. Our mini bar was always stocked with a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and fresh ice was always at the ready. The linens, pillows and towels were high quality and the gorgeous bathroom, with views out over the plunge pool and into the bush was truly lovely.
The food at the lodge was delicious and plentiful. The kitchen would prepare daily specials that were well received or just about anything else that your heart desired. All the staff were friendly and many had been with the lodge for many years. A special thanks to Penny for her laughter and good nature throughout our visit.
I've heard that an African safari can change your life. I now truly believe that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With wraparound views of the ancient Ubombo mountain range, Mountain Lodge balances itself majestically above its panoramic surroundings. The 24 suites scattered along the mountainside offer complete privacy and luxury. There's no end to the choice of taking in the view - spacious verandas with private plunge pools and layered guest areas each provide their own magnificent outlook. Delicious Pan African meals are enjoyed in the dramatic stone and reed boma, lit by the warm glow of dozens of candles and lanterns. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phinda Mountain Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve