Depart Ponta Mamoli this morning and cross the border into South Africa, driving along the coast to the Phinda Private Game Reserve. This 55,000 acres of pristine wilderness is situated in the lush Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal with 7 distinct habitats providing opportunities to see the rarer wildlife species such as endangered cheetah and black rhino. Due to the large size of this private reserve, Phinda offers one of the most personal and exclusive wildlife experiences in all of South Africa. The area is rich with wildlife including lion, cheetah, elephant, impala, warthog and buffalo, and Phinda is known for having some of the best trackers in all of South Africa. On daily game drives you’ll get to experience the skillful talents of your lead guide and tracker who work in unison to locate wildlife as large as Elephant and elusive as cheetah.
Phinda Vlei Lodge is situated in the sand forest habitat, with each individual luxury chalet offering private views out onto an open grassland and water pan (vlei) where wildlife regularly congregate to feed and drink. When not out on game drives tracking wildlife indulge in a cooling dip in your private plunge pool and watch as the wildlife comes to you! The sand forest where the lodge is located is a unique ecological zone which is only found in this part of South Africa. Your guide will be sure to point out endemic ferns, orchids and other floral species which add to the unique character and biodiversity of the area.
Additionally, the Phinda wildlife reserve is within the traditional kingdom of the Zulu tribe and they strive to incorporate insight into the local Zulu culture through traditional Impi warrior dances and village visits see the ambition and enthusiasm being put into recording and sharing Zulu history and traditions. Overnight for 3 nights at Phinda Vlei Lodge.