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Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

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Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

Hello there -

We're planning a July trip to Phinda, and my wife - who is very averse to bugs in her room - is wondering if this is a problem at the lodges on the reserve, and is wondering if there is a lodge that would have the least bugs. She's not concerned about creepy crawlers (snakes, gekkos, cockroaches, etc.) outside, but doesn't want them scampering across her while she sleeps or living under the bed - it creeps her out.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Many thanks,


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1. Re: Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

I have never seen bugs in my room on safaris in the summer and autumn. I might be wrong but aren't there fewer bugs aroubds as well in July (winter). Keep Windows shut at night especially if you have a light on

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2. Re: Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

From what I can remember, Phinda Mountain lodge had screens on the doors to keep creepy crawlies out, but this is Africa and it would be impossible to keep everything out, but we never saw any in our room at Phinda.


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3. Re: Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

Hi Eric

First I would like to say that you will have an amazing time in Phinda. It is a wonderful place and offers unbelievable game viewing.

We have just returned from Phinda and have stayed in Forest Lodge. Two years ago I had the pleasure to stay in Mountain Lodge. All the rooms were spotless and we didn't have any bugs. Forest Lodge had screen doors and as far as I remember Mountain as well. If you keep them shut there is a good chance to keep all the creepy crawlies out.

BUT, and I am sorry to say, you will be in the middle of the bush in Africa and nobody can guarantee that there won't be a bug in your room.

Don't worry to much about the bugs, just enjoy the African bush and you will return with some unforgettable memories.

Enjoy and regards from Germany,


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4. Re: Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

You've had some pretty good feedback to your question. Generally, insects are not a problem in the rooms. Cleaning staff are in and out every day, of course - sometimes more than once. You are looking at a winter visit which should be drier and colder. This will slow down the bugs. Strange as this may sound, I don't remember ever seeing a scary-sized bug in a South Africa room in the safari lodges. Botswana, yep. South Africa, no. But maybe the best answer to such a specific question about a specific reserve would be - we don't know.

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5. Re: Phinda Lodges: Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, Oh My

I thought the same thing before we went on safari - I imagined that there would be more bugs & they would be ENORMOUS, man-eaters. That was not the case - we just spent 5 days at Timbavati (beautiful) in traditional rondavels, open to the elements - if there are huge bugs out there, they have no interest in scaring tourists. We even did a bush walk to view some of the smaller wildlife & still saw very little in the way of bugs - I think you will be pleasantly surprised. But, as someone else said it is wild Africa & difficult to make any guarantees.

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