andBeyond's Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site - Phinda comprises 17 500 hectares (43 240 acres) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Phinda Rock Lodge consists of six romantic, air-conditioned suites, suspended from the side of a rocky cliff. Each suite has a spacious bedroom with en-suite bath, shower, twin hand basins and W/C, private plunge pools, private sitting area, personal bar and deck offering unrivalled views of spectacular Leopard Rock and the valley. Three of the suites also feature outdoor showers.
The guest dining and sitting areas have imposing fireplaces and open out onto a shaded deck with sweeping views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld below and beyond.
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