If you are looking for an amazing safari experience (especially if you have children with you) then you should book Phinda Moundain Lodge! We had 4 fantastic days at the Lodge and could have stayed even longer. We had a week-long safari stay at Phinda (Forest Lodge for 3 of the days) and we could not have asked for better service, accommodations or overall safari experience. From the minute you are greeted with a drink and cool towel you feel like you are at a home away from home. The staff do everything they can to make you comfortable and happy. I have never had an experience at a hotel where literally EVERY staff member is happy, helpful and beyond professional.
The rooms at Mountain Lodge are beautiful and very clean. You feel like you are on safari as they are designed in a rustic theme and have plenty of outdoor space to enjoy during your breaks from the drives. We had loads of animals around the rooms to watch and interact with (don't leave your door unlocked as the monkeys WILL come in and steal your food :)) You do need to be walked to your room at night because there are no fences, but that is part of the appeal of being in the wild! We had adjoining rooms with our kids and each room had a small splash pool on the deck - we did not use them as it was winter, but they would be great in the summer.
The lodge itself was beautiful with a great view of the reserve. They serve tea and coffee before each drive on the patio and on each drive all 3 of my kids had a bag of snacks and drinks to take with them. The Lodge's "Wild Child" program was fantastic with a backpack, journal, crayons, stickers, necklace and many other things included. It made them feel really special to be able to carry their packs with them and document what they saw!
On each drive we saw more than we ever expected. Not only the big 5, but loads of other animals and flora and fauna. The guide, Matt, could not have been more informative and friendly. He was fantastic with the kids and told them even tiny details about things we were looking at. He never got aggravated by questions or requests for a quick potty stop :) Each drive includes a drink and snack stop that is really nice during the 3+ hour drives. They will track the animals right into the bush which is why a private game reserve is a fantastic choice!
From food to rooms to drives to service, you would not go wrong booking Phinda Mountain Lodge!!!
- 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