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.