we stayed for 4 nights at the end of august. a perfect time for viewing game as the grass is very dry and there are fewer water holes. my 4 children aged 14 to 5 loved every minute of it. the game viewing was spectacular as we saw everything there is to see including leopard. our ranger and tracker were excellent in finding game and answering questions from the 6 of us. my 5 year old didnt go on a drive one afternoon so cornelius, our host, took her to bake cookies which we tried when we got back - fantastic. the staff were very helpful, very friendly, (genuinely so) and knew all our names by the end of the first day. our room was simply beautiful with large bedroom and stunning bathroom looking out at the wandering impala. cornelius left a huge bath of bubbles and iced champagne one evening which my husband and i appreciated. it was a lovely surprise. the food is very good, but their puddings and cakes are world class. the pool is big and beautifully situated with very nice rattan sun beds. it was too chilly for the adults to use but all of my children went in at least once. we didnt have a problem entertaining ourselves between drives are there are lots of games for both adults and children and even a tucked away tv room. our boat trip was really special as we saw loads of crocs and a hippo getting out of the water, onto the bank and then wandering away!
The staff really made Phinda for us and a special mention to cornelius, richard, elsie and wonder boy. i would highly recommend the lodge for those travelling with children of all ages.
- 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