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One of the must tried and trusted game reserves in South Africa. 

Phinda Private Game Reserve

South Africa

The destination

With a wealth of ecosystems throughout, Phinda Game Reserve is certainly one of the most diverse areas to see wildlife. Comprising 17,500 hectares the land is made up of wetland, grassland, woodland, marshes, pans and mounts with forest around it. Due to this range, the land is home to a huge variety of wildlife and despite having fantastic sightings for the Big 5 it is perhaps more impressive that it gets regular sightings of black rhinos and cheetahs. 



When it comes to the safari lodges one of the most famous has to be Phinda Game Reserve, made up of four lodges this amazing reserve offers something for everyone. So please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 


Not only is Phinda home to the Big 5 but it is also known for regular black rhino sightings and a wealth of cheetahs. For bird enthusiasts there is at least 380 species to admire. 


Phinda Private Game Reserve is perfect way to see the iconic wildlife of Africa and sample some of the best cuisine whilst doing so. This is perfect for families, couples and groups, just bear in mind with younger children they may only be accepted in certain properties as a safety precaution. 


South Africa has very distinct climatic zones meaning that weather can be very different at certain times of the year. For Phinda and the Northern Side any time of year is good dependent of what you’re after however for a better understanding look below:

December - February (Summer): Despite being known as the wet season it is beautiful. The bush is green, thick and vibrant at this time of year with an average temperature of 30°C - The reserve tends to be filled with many new-born animals at this time of year. 

March - May (Autumn): This brings around the dry season with temperatures around 25°C. This results in the bush being less dense and the waterholes being more frequently visited, therefore this is a perfect time for wildlife viewing. 

June - August (Winter): Similar to Autumn wildlife is easier to spot due to the dry season and the wilting vegetation. Temperatures do drop to lows of 12°C so pack warm. 

September - November (Spring): As with Summer the bush is thicker and lusher due to the wetter weather, however temperatures are around 25°C on average and can also be a very good time to see new-borns. 


A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays 



Top tips

  • Uniquely located in a coastal forest
  • Combine a stay here with multiple lodges and head between them on an adventurous walking safari
  • Common cheetah and black rhino sightings
  • Easy access to Durban International Airport ( 2.5 hours)


  • Local currency: South African Rand
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard (most places)
  • Time zone: GMT +2 hrs

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