Andbeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

Andbeyond Phinda Forest Lodge

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#3 of 5 lodges in Phinda Private Game Reserve
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Set in the heart of one of Africa’s most unique and delicate ecosystems, the endangered Sand Forest in the iconic &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge embodies the very rarity of the natural habitat it protects. Recognised as one of the world’s first eco-friendly lodges, Phinda Forest has been meticulously designed in perfect harmony with the forest’s natural flow, blending seamlessly into its surrounds. Unwind in absolute tranquillity in one of the lodge’s 16 Zulu-zen inspired air-conditioned suites. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside, while the dense tree canopy shelters above, providing the utmost privacy. Floating on stilts above the forest floor while tiny duiker graze below, the suites feel as if they are one with the forest while each suite’s private veranda allow for gentle contemplation with breathtaking forest views.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
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Secured parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
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Phinda Private Game Reserve South Africa
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Erinlyn78 wrote a review Oct 2022
Vancouver, Canada11 contributions12 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
As a Canadian from Canada, I've never been on a safari or visited South Africa. We came to see some friends and as part of our trip, we booked 2 days at &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge. I had no idea what to expect, but whatever it was, my expectations were exceeded
First - on the way there, we drove from Durban and followed a long dirt road into what seemed to be an uninhabited forest. A jaguar danced across a clearing beside us, and we hadn't even pulled up to the lodge yet. We were met by welcoming staff who gave us cool drinks and wet towels. Our bags were taken to our lodgings and we were lead to a beautiful dining patio overlooking the grassland, where nyala and kudu were grazing in the distance. This was all in the first 20 minutes!

From there, after a spectacular meal we met our guide, Clive. I can't say enough about how attentive, accommodating, knowledgeable and personable he was. He was teamed up with our tracker, Musey, who later blew all of our minds with his astonishing ability to track even to most obscure and hard-to-find creatures including a chameleon perched on a branch in the pitch black of night.

The safari vehicles are comfortable and clean, and allow you to view animals from any angle. We saw all the "big 5" plus many, many more. One of our friends is a birder, and lucky for him Clive was able to locate and identify a plethora of birds, adding to our friend's bird-count with 16 new-to-him species.

The highlight for me was watching 2 litters of lion cubs playing in the grass. I could watch them for hours and hours; they're so adorable.

We stopped for snacks on the drive, and they laid out a folding table with a full array of drinks and snacks, right out there on the veldt! On the first night, we and other lodge guests were treated to dinner under the stars at a surprise location. It was so beautiful and the food was outstanding. I'm a vegetarian who avoids simple carbs, and they even had a vast selection for a picky high-maintenance eater like me. The carnivores in the group were also satisfied.

The sleeping accommodations are beyond luxurious. Comfortable bed, immaculate and clean, snacks and drinks in your room. I was so impressed.

All I can say to conclude this is, I can't stop talking about it and ever since I've come home I've been trying to convince all my friends and family to visit Phinda Forest Lodge. It was the experience of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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251duncanw wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa66 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hello All.
This experience is a must for anyone who can afford it. Its not cheap but wow do you get one fantastic experience.

Firstly. You get a huge welcome group that waits for you to arrive and they introduce themselves. From then on. They all call you by your name which really made me feel special right off the bat. All staff are more than willing to help with anything you might need. What a fantastic job they did.

Food was amazing. Really enjoyed everything they provided. Again the head chef came out of the kitchen and had a chat with us. All food was way above my level of cooking and was cooked to the highest of standards.

Game drives and the trackers are also fantastic. They also go above and beyond expectations with not just mammals, but birds, trees and insects. They seem to know it all.

The accommodation was up there with the best. What I really appreciated as well was the bar fridge and free local drinks. (Beers as well as some Whiskey/Gin's etc were free)
Everything was spotless in the rooms. The deck outside the room was also amazing as it allowed you to enjoy the forest experiences while still being undercover from the scorching sun.

Overall. Our two day stay here has raised our bar and our expectations of future destinations.

I will defiantly make a turn in Phinda direction again as this experience was unforgettable.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Trevor T wrote a review Aug 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa28 contributions27 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to try Phinda instead of the usual greater Kruger private resorts. The bush is somewhat “a luck of the draw place” and we didn’t have a great game viewing holiday in comparison to other reserves we frequent. The &Beyond Forest lodge was a very different and pleasing experience. The room was well appointed. We were offered dinner in the room due to the lodge being very quiet on the first night and it was delicious and without fault. The team could not do enough to make the stay a pleasant one … the food, the drinks and the snacks in the bush were spot on. Special mention to Yonela (the chef) who has a passion for food and loves engaging patrons on what “worked and didn’t work” and just takes so much pride in her job. She is a pleasure to talk to and expresses pure joy when complimented.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Roxtor wrote a review Oct 2021
Nova Scotia, Canada562 contributions395 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Forest Lodge is located in the unique sand forest with individual suites nestled among the trees. Our suite was very pleasant, well kept and clean. Floor to ceiling windows on three sides, bathroom with soaker tub, bar outside on patio, and air conditioning. WiFi connection was a bit slow, but good enough for emails, etc. I had a good phone signal. The staff are very friendly and obliging. Laundry was delivered the next day, nicely folded. The bar and restaurant area are very pleasant and there are antelopes, monkeys and other animals visible from the deck. Food is very good, served at individual tables. Steven took very good care of us and taught us a bit of the local language. Our safaris with guide Jess and spotter Bogani, in a shared vehicle were enjoyable and we even had a short walking safari in the sand forest to see some of the trees and plants. Forest Lodge is not an intense safari experience but overall stay here was very good and its a good choice for a short getaway.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mary R wrote a review Jan 2023
Montgomery, Texas12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in a luxe all glass bungalow for two. There are only 15 I believe on this property separated by woods for privacy. Accommodations included a luxurious soaking tub, indoor/outdoor shower sitting area indoor and outdoor veranda with complementary bar. Food was outstanding with different venues every night. Game drives wonderful and guides outstanding. Staff went above and beyond (no pun intended). Even the small on-site shop was stocked with great locally handcrafted goods and staffed by a friendly knowledgeable clerk. Infinity pool in the woods with views.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alison S wrote a review Mar 2020
Durham, North Carolina11 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I chose the Phinda Forest Lodge for the first leg of our South African honeymoon. The resort was phenomenal! Our individual lodge provided amazing views and privacy. The twice daily included game drives came with such thoughtful and engaging guides, and we saw the big 5 plus more on our trips! The food and drinks were plentiful, highlighted by a bush dinner out in the wild. We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Lodge 16 is the farthest walk from the dining area, but is very private.
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Gwendoline l wrote a review Jun 2022
Durban, South Africa561 contributions20 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
The only reason i am giving a 4 and not a 5 was the accommodation which needs an upgrade. Out checkin was not a good experience as they did not “know” we were coming even though everything was in order and sorted after a quick conversation. This reserve has the big 5 and Dean, our guide was a walking source of knowledge while being entertaining. Food was awesome, again only after reminding them of my special dietary requirements. The forest lodges are situated in a sand forest and you hv to walk a bit between the lodge and tour room. But for seeing animals, if you want to see x Dean took us to see x, the communication between guides and knowledge of where the animals are at any given moment were excellent. Phinda would be our recommendation to anyone wanting to go on a luxury safari, just not staying at the forest lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure the gates notify the lodges and again send through any food allergies
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Response from andBeyond Travel, Owner at Andbeyond Phinda Forest Lodge
Responded 30 Jun 2022
Dear Gwendoline We are always most grateful to our guests who take the time to give us feedback so thank you so much for posting your review. While we are disappointed that your stay did not live up to your expectations in totality, we are thankful for your praise you have bestowed on your guide, food and &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve as a whole. Please be assured that those areas of concern that you have kindly brought to our attention are being addressed. I do hope that you will return in the not too distant future as we would love to welcome you back and spoil you in the &Beyond style that we have become renowned for. Kind regards Kevin Pretorius Regional Director – South Africa
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Blake Williams wrote a review Aug 2022
Wheaton, Illinois16 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first major trip in a couple years. We were first timers to Africa and Safaris.

We did stay at the mountain lodge one night too and that’s a cool experience - more open and hilly.

The Forest lodge was as peaceful as the photos suggest. Beauty everywhere. There wasn’t a time when I didn’t see a Nyala quietly foraging an arms length away.

The &Beyond staff really helps you get maximum enjoyment of your time there. Everything is taken care of. The all-inclusive meals, drinks, good food, laundry (we were on a two week journey) just to name a few facility related comforts. (Get the massage!)

The rangers and guides were great. They were assigned to us like a team, and really worked to help us see amazing animals. We literally tracked elephants and cheetahs until we found them with plenty of other beautiful animals to see between.

We will definitely go on safari again someday and will definitely look at &beyond for other trips.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: -ZA is cool & dry in August -Get travel insurance - Had to rebook flights day of -We could have...
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747nadia wrote a review Aug 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa300 contributions22 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A special treat for a couple's getaway.
We were spoiled with the best, from the lovely setting of our room to the food.

The rooms are located inside the forest and situated far apart to allow for privacy.It literally gives new meaning to waking up in the forest.

The game drives were amazing and definitely a must for every morning (although early) and every evening.
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are lovely and private
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Angelique Teo wrote a review Jan 2024
Singapore, Singapore71 contributions40 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge is unlike any other - wild, romantic and special. The trackers and rangers are so experienced that they make you feel like you're in. David Attenborough documentary. Special mention to Josie, Mr T, Priscilla, Ncebo, Siphoe K and Siphoe.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Andrew R
Given the number of different flight options, flights are not included in the price of a stay. Your travel agent would be able to guide you on the most suitable flights based on your overall itinerary in South Africa.
Peter F asked a question Mar 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa473 contributions147 helpful votes
Do you have sps facilities at Forest Lodge?
Peter F asked a question Mar 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa473 contributions147 helpful votes
Do you have spa facilities at the Forest Lodge
Rich B wrote a tip Dec 2022
8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We did two days with morning and evening game drives each day; three days would give you time to enjoy the accommodation and relax a little "
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Blake Williams wrote a tip Aug 2022
Wheaton, Illinois16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"-ZA is cool & dry in August -Get travel insurance - Had to rebook flights day of -We could have used more tip cash"
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Gwendoline l wrote a tip Jun 2022
Durban, South Africa561 contributions20 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure the gates notify the lodges and again send through any food allergies"
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Gary S wrote a tip Mar 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa38 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is boutique, some rooms are closer to the pool and other amenities, others are perhaps more private."
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747nadia wrote a tip Aug 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa300 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are lovely and private"
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ANDBEYOND PHINDA FOREST LODGE - Reviews (Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa)

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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.