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andBeyond Phinda Mountain Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 4, 2013

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!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We were really surprised to find an excellent game park in KZN. It is perfectly organised, personal and the game is great. We saw the Big 5 and Cheetah on the first drive! It still has the luxury without you feeling like you need to dress up for dinner. Staff make a huge effort with little surprises that make each day special. They also catered for 2 teenage kids very well. We will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Pete W
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The mountain lodge is amazing you have plenty of animals on the game drive and the people are simply fantastic.

the house is beautiful, the food is great.

this was our 2nd time at the same lodge and we can't complain, i feel it was better then the 1st time around if that is even possible.

the reserve is fantastic and the ranger knows his stuff, you can ask any question they have the answer.

the reserve itself was simply beautiful very luxurious and the food was great, the staff treats you with such great care you feel like you live there.

we saw lions climb trees and even heard a leopard hunt right next to our lodge at 4am you can't beat that.

the mountain lodge is one of the greatest places to stay!

ohh and do try the cold coffee served in the afternoon simply tasty,

Room Tip: any room is good they are all private and going to bed with lion roars is out of this world.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nannydc
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Difficult to describe in words. It's all what it should be. Luxury rooms without being posh, Fantastical view of the savanah, great food and 100% service staff. It is more than you expect. We had excellent game drives and boat drives, we saw all animals we dreamt of. A must-go.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Roberto_MJ
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is my 2nd year in a row to Phinda Mtn Lodge (2012-13) and I have to admit it always first like the first time. It is so good and the experience is worth so much, I would work here for free. I recommend Phinda 120% to anyone. Its an experience you will never forget. Food is outstanding, accommodations are great and the staff is superb. Go for it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The arrival by small plane from Johannesburg to Phinda Airport was greeted by traditional dancers and then taken by Land Cruiser to the Mountain Lodge with hippos and elephants en route. The staff in the hotel were friendly and helpful, making sure we were all relaxed and happy.
The food was superb and the accommodation excellent.
The high light was the game drives with Matt and John our Ranger and Tracker whose knowledge and bush skills ensure we saw the Big Five plus many other species including an Aardvark !
A very "special" place and highly recommended !!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Madmagic1
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Mountain Lodge staff was fantastic from the moment we arrived. Our room featured our own plunge pool, and the Vervet monkeys and baboons occasionally made a showing (safely). This lodge had wonderful views given its location. Early on one morning drive, we saw a Cheetah and her two cubs chasing a warthog. The day prior, we had seen the trio finishing off another meal. (BTW, the wart hog did not succumb.)
For a special occasion, we were treated to dinner on our patio one evening. We got a lovely deal of stay 3 nights and get a 4th free. Even though this is a pricey place, it was well worth it. Everyone was eager to ensure guests had a terrific time.
The typical schedule was wake up by 5:30, have a bit of coffee or tea, on board the Land Rover by 6:15 for the first game drive, which lasts about 3 hours. At its conclusion, the vehicle pulls into a nice spot, and there's more coffee or chocolate (with liqueur if you like it) and then back to lodge for full breakfast. Lunch about 1 pm (which we learned to skip given the amount of food), and then 3 pm high tea, and shortly thereafter back on Rover for evening game drive. Cocktail stop at dark with the Rover and back for dinner. What a full and exciting day each and every day. In room massages are possible.

Room Tip: Every room seemed to possess a great view.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mule54
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Address: Phinda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Private Game Reserve 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Phinda Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Phinda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $2,230 - $4,065 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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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