We initially stayed for 2 nights at Forest lodge and although we enjoyed the different experience loved Mountain lodge better. The room layout at Mountain lodge in the huts is much nicer and the main lodge and pool area are much nicer. Although Forest is a much smaller more private lodge on Phinda the service and facilities at Mountain are much nicer. We were extremely lucky as we had the same ranger Jacques-pierre Joubert (JP) at both Forest and Mountain and Pat Zwane as our tracker. Both who are fantastic at their job if you have a choice!
We were also lucky enough to see all the big 5 and more and the last night was very special with them taking our group to the very top of the biggest hill on Phinda where we were able to have final drinks on our last evening safari. An extremely memorable trip and we were also very lucky to have a fun group for our safaris and great weather. That was one advantage of staying at both Forest and Mountain lodges as there terrain between the 2 lodges is different although no doubt the rangers could possibly take you to one or the other if you are only staying at one lodge for your holiday if weather/time permitting.
The staff at Mountain lodge were also fantastic and much more attentive than the staff at Forest lodge. A big thank you to Obed, Richard (for all his entertainment!) and the rest of the staff at Mountain for making our stay so memorable.
The pool area was conveniently close but a little cold to swim in. We were also lucky enough to have another bush dinner one evening which is quite an experience. Plenty of wildlife near the lodges and huts including Baboon and Nyala. My only photographic moment I missed was the morning I was cleaning my teeth in the bathroom and there was a large male Baboon sitting on the railing near the window. I am not sure who got a bigger fright!
We would definitely go back to Phinda if the opportunity to do another South African safari arises.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With wraparound views of the ancient Ubombo mountain range, Mountain Lodge balances itself majestically above its panoramic surroundings. The 24 suites scattered along the mountainside offer complete privacy and luxury. There's no end to the choice of taking in the view - spacious verandas with private plunge pools and layered guest areas each provide their own magnificent outlook. Delicious Pan African meals are enjoyed in the dramatic stone and reed boma, lit by the warm glow of dozens of candles and lanterns. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phinda Mountain Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve