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Reviewed 4 December 2023

It is difficult for me to write this review because no words can describe how exceptional our trip to the Phinda Mountain Lodge was. This is my second safari with andBeyond, and my expectations were high coming to Phinda. We saw the Big 5 within the first 36 hours which was an unexpected delight. The rooms were immaculate and the amenities were wonderful. We had two people in our group with dietary restrictions and the culinary team accommodated them flawlessly. I must give a special shout out to our ranger, Matt, and our tracker, Sofiso. Matt's knowledge of all things wildlife was spectacular, and Sofiso could spot animals almost a mile away. They were a joy to be with every day and made the experience with my parents and family so special. Our butler, Thando, was fantastic, as was Tammy with spa treatments and Celine with our laundry. I am even more in love with andBeyond after this trip and can't wait to stay with them again. Thank you to the Mountain Lodge team for EVERYTHING! I cannot say enough positive things about our four nights there.

Room tip: We were an all-adults group, but it's important to note this is a very family-friendly lodge.
Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank EllenNewmy
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

Our three nights at Phinda Mountain Lodge were simply spectacular. Every aspect of the experience was memorable and you had to drag me away at the end of the stay. What stands out above it all is the people. Every single person we interacted with made us feel welcome and special. Zinhle, our butler, was sensational and looked after us so well. Her smiling face and deep care went above and beyond. Declan and Joel were an outstanding guide and ranger pair and we saw EVERYTHING. In our six game drives, we saw over 11 cheetahs, the whole big five numerous times, every major animal and bird you can think of. Thube, Siza, Richard, Elsie, Tammy, Ntombi (in the laundry) all made us feel very special and cared for. The lodge was wonderful, our room fantastic and we cannot wait to go back. If you're unsure about booking, don't even hesitate. Book asap!

Date of stay: November 2023
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Thank Stacey R
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Reviewed 17 October 2023 via mobile

The road trip from Ballito to Phinda was wet and rainy after 3 hours on the road we finally arrived at the Main gate. Within 100m into the Phinda nature reserve we were greeted by 3 beautiful lionesses seated on the bank at the side of the road sent especially to greet us I am sure. These were followed by wildebeest, nyala and warthogs. The staff were amazing on arrival and plied us with alcohol -and efficiency. The food was plentiful and splendid as we were on a full house special with all meals and alcohol included. Phinda is a beautiful place, a must see safari venue in northern KwaZulu Natal. The game drives I will let the pics tell the story….

Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank K663MKmariong
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

This was our 1st safari, and it was amazing! The resort, food, and the staff were wonderful! Our ranger and tracker were Emma & Bethuel. These 2 really made our 1st safari experience everything we hoped it would be. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, and you can tell that they both love their jobs. We saw so many animals, by the second day we saw the Big 5! They really went out of their way to make sure that we saw everything possible. Thanks Again!

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank ericagE7757PM
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

... that is it in a nutshell. It start with the beginning, your staff is awaiting you at the entrance. Always there for help, support, fulfilling wishes. And I can continue with the safaris aka the wild life experiences, the guides, the food (!!!), the architecture... The whole package is more than the sum of its parts. One person I need to point out: Thozama. Book a whole body treatment with hot stones and you are in relaxations heaven. And after you step out of the spa, meet a nyala. No more words needed...

Room tip: Unbedingt den Shop angucken - very nice stuff. Unbedingt eine Massage bei Thozama buchen. Unbedingt mal ein private dinner machen.
Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank Angelica M
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