Intimacy and romance on a rocky cliff face
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Activity adventure | Natural world | Off the beaten track | Safari | Wildlife
Offering the best big five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda is a large reserve spanning over 22,000 hectares and home two seven unique ecosystems. Against cliff face and overlooking a lush valley, Rock Lodge appears to be a small private castle. Located between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, it is home to unique wildlife, over 380 bird species and the marine diversity off the nearby coast is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Phinda is approximately 1.5 hours from Richards Bay Airport, with SA Express offering daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay.
Intimate and romantic, Rock Lodge offers six exceptional and luxurious suites, perched on rocky cliffs. Each suite has a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, private sitting area, personal bar, plunge pool and decking- from which panoramic views of the Leopard Rock and valley below can be admired. Three suites feature outdoor showers, and open wooden shutters allow guests to gaze upon the expansive vistas from the roof.
An a-la carte restaurant serves diners at the Phinda Rock Lodge, with a variety of meals on offer. Lunch is served either on the terrace, patio or in the dining room, and dinner held under the stars in an open-air boma. Guests can request to dine in the wild, eating within the bush amongst scenic views and wildlife gazing on the open plain in the distance.
Two daily game drives, commencing at dusk and dawn, provide ample opportunities for guests to spot the abundance of wildlife, including cheetah, lion, leopard, antelope and rhino. For those seeking something different to the game drives, specialist safaris including birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking and family and private safaris can be arranged. A variety of adventures including Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, endangered wild cats projects, swimming with whale sharks and whale watching can be arranged, alongside river cruises and canoeing on the Mzinene River.
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