Phinda Forest Lodge has a lot of really great attributes. It is literally in the sand forest and feels very much like a camping experience as a result. The suites are gorgeous and luxurious and the glass walls that open into the forest are awesome—it's like being in a tent but with glass walls and plumbing. I even saw an incredibly rare tiny Suni while lying in bed one morning!
The dining lodge is nice with a great view of the bush where I saw Giraffe and antelope cruise by. The Boma is really cool and not quite traditional as far as the structure goes.
My ranger Benson is among the best of the best. I really enjoyed his knowledge of the bush and ability to mimic bird calls and make things informative and entertaining.
The one thing that would cause me to think twice about going back to Forest Lodge is the fact that the suites are spread out with very long walks to them and in thick sand. I don't really understand why they haven't put in boardwalks. If I wanted to trudge through sand 15 minutes to get to my unit I'd stay at a beach resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the award-winning Forest Lodge fuses architecture and conservation. The lodge was hand built by local artisans, with a minimal footprint on the forest floor – not one tree was felled during construction. An exquisite contradiction, floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside, while the dense tree canopy shelters and provides privacy. Floating on stilts above the forest floor while dainty suni graze below, the 16 Zulu Zen suites blend harmoniously into the dappled shade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phinda Forest Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve