Fodor's Expert Review Forest Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Fodor's Choice

Hidden in a rare sand forest, this fabulous lodge overlooks a small water hole where nyalas, warthogs, and baboons frequently come to drink. A real departure from traditional safari lodges, it's very modern, with a vaguely Japanese Zen feel, thanks to glass-paneled walls, light woods, and a deliberately spare, clean look. The effect is stylish and very elegant, softened by modern African art and sculpture. Suites use the same architectural concepts as the lodge, where walls have become windows, and rely on the dense forest (or drapes) for privacy.

PROS

  • magical feeling of oneness with the surrounding bush
  • modern conveniences
  • lovely views from the pool

CONS

  • being in a glass box could make some visitors nervous
  • not for traditional tastes
  • cell phone reception can be iffy

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 011-809–4300-Reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

16 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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