Fodor's Expert Review Mountain Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve, Off R22, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, 3960, South Africa

This attractive thatch lodge sits on a rocky hill overlooking miles of bushveld plains and the Ubombo Mountains. Wide verandas lead into the lounge and bar, with their high ceilings, dark beams, and cool tile floors. In winter guests can snuggle into cushioned wicker chairs next to a blazing log fire. Brick pathways wind down the hillside from the lodge to elegant split-level suites with mosquito nets, thatch roofs, and large decks overlooking the reserve. Children are welcome, although those under five are not allowed on game drives and 6- to 11-year-olds are permitted only at the manager's discretion.

PROS

  • great mountain views
  • very family-friendly
  • guaranteed a warm welcome

CONS

  • rather bland interiors
  • pricey if you take the kids (pricey even if you don't take the kids)
  • pricey if you take the kids (pricey even if you don't take the kids)
  • not the best choice for couples seeking solitude

QUICK FACTS

Resort
FamilyViews
Lively
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 011-809–4300-Reservations

HOTEL DETAILS

25 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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