Phinda Mountain Lodge maintains the luxurious feel you’ve come to expect from all the andBeyond lodges. And added to this Phinda Game Reserve offers guests the opportunity to view the Big 5 on day and night safaris, walking safaris, river cruises, canoeing and even beach excursions. Each lodge has its own special brew of ingredients that makes guests feel as if they’re having the time of their lives, and Phinda’s Mountain Lodge magic lies in its magnificent setting, sumptuous feasts, individual attention, and a feeling of being ‘on top of the world’, whilst watching wildlife on the plains below.
Phinda Mountain Lodge offers travellers so much more than they could anticipate. Mountain Lodge is the largest in the reserve, with 25 suites dotted along the mountain’s edge, offering spectacular views of the reserve. Each suite is beautifully appointed, with touches of opulence throughout the private lounge, en-suite bathroom, terrace and private plunge pool spaces. Vervet monkeys swing through the trees next to their private mountainside suites, while hundreds of birds call and sing. A 15 minute flight will find you swimming with dolphins and diving in one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and in season loggerhead and gigantic leatherback turtles come to the beach to lay eggs. 22 000 hectares of reserve and 7 different habitats offer visitors the most outstanding experience.
A typical day at Phinda Mountain Lodge begins with coffee and a game drive on the Landy for around three hours. The vehicle then arrives at a secluded spot where guests can enjoy more coffee, drinking chocolate or liqueur, before being whisked off to a full brunch feast. Guests then have the day open to do as they please, before a light lunch is served at 13:00. High Tea on the veranda precedes the evening game drive, when trackers try to give every guest a glimpse of elusive cheetahs and black rhinos before heading back to the lodge for bubble baths and dinner. The reed boma is romantically lit by candles and lanterns, and a bush banquet is served under a splash of glittering stars. The cuisine is described as Pan-African, bringing Western and African food together in a robust celebration, tantalising the senses.