Phinda Private Game Reserve



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Located to the east of the lush World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Phinda's more than 56,830 acres comprise seven distinct ecosystems, including the rare sand forest, making it a destination for African safaris like no other.


Phinda is a Zulu word meaning 'the return', which signifies that Phinda Private Game Reserve was the location of one of the biggest reintroductions of game in Africa. The area was restocked with lion, rhinoceros, buffalo, elephant, leopard, giraffe and other big game in “Operation Phinda Izilwane”, meaning 'return of the wild animals'. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda’s lush green environment, and seven distinct ecosystems, make it ideal for a wide variety of game.


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Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ The areas fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino. With only a handful of lodges and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, Phinda offers an exclusive African safari game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with beautiful reefs, dolphins and turtles.





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