Perched high upon a cliff face, the six luxury suites at andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge in KwaZulu Natal overlook a lush valley and Leopard Rock beyond. Small and intimate, the lodge exudes family warmth and welcoming hospitality. Inspired by Malian architecture, the adobe abodes suit the African climate, affording insulation against the cold and providing a cool, peaceful sanctuary when it’s hot. Romantic and secluded, each suite has a private plunge pool and deck from where guests can delight in the natural surroundings. The rich vegetation is home to diverse birdlife as well as African game, visible from the high decks.
Uniquely designed to blend with nature, the plunge pools and al fresco showers offer spectacular views and an ideal location to freshen up. True to the African bush tradition, a fire in the guest area at nightfall brings guests together under an endless African sky of stars.
The cosy dining room serves hearty fare and if guests wish, they can also eat in the privacy of their suite. The service and staff of the lodge live up to the sentiments of previous guests, who have hailed it “high quality”, going the extra mile to make the African experience a memorable one. The attentive lodge butlers are always on hand to make sure that all requests are met and the guides excitedly share their knowledge about the bushveld, going out of their way to find game that will rivet their guests.
The night game drives are an intriguing way to experience nocturnal wildlife. Excitement awaits beyond the ladder that leads up to the roof, the nearby waterhole drawing in wildlife that can be observed from this panoramic vantage point.
The passionate, friendly disposition of the lodge staff is contagious, and guests are sure to experience this unique African destination in the same enjoyable way.