One of the world’s first eco-friendly luxury lodges, Phinda Forest Lodge provides world class accommodations and floor to ceiling views of this rare, South African sand forest.
The lodge provides accommodation in 16 luxurious suites built atop stilts to minimize the environmental impact, and all with stunning views of the forest. Wood floors, sumptuous linens, and Zulu artifacts adorn the rooms in what’s been named Zulu Zen. Each suite has plush king beds, air-conditioning, and over-sized bathtubs with views of the dappled forest of torchwood trees outside. The bathrooms also include rain showers, dual sinks, and luxurious amenities. Guests can also appreciate the privacy and tranquil views sitting or lounging atop soft couches on their own veranda or rim-flow pool as they watch the red tonga squirrel or monkeys swinging from branch to branch or enjoy the natural symphony of bird songs.
About three hours north-east of Durban, Phinda Forest plays home to a variety of wildlife. Rare vegetation and bird species can be found here due to the unique ecological makeup of this sub-tropical sand forest believed to have once been a coastal dune forest which separated from the ocean over a million years ago. The nearby savanna provides a great place to view cheetahs that have been reintroduced to the area as well as leopards and lions. White and rare black rhinos have also been reestablished and fostered here to great success. Rare wildlife such as the red duiker and suni, a tiny breed of antelope live here too.