Phinda Forest Lodge

Set in the rare Sand Forest floor beneath a canopy of towering torchwood trees

Phinda Forest Lodge, one of the world’s first eco-designed luxury lodges, encompasses 16 glass suites standing on tall stilts and set in the rare Sand Forest floor beneath the dense canopy of the towering torchwood trees. The decor of ‘Zulu meets Zen’ lends a calming atmosphere and retreat. In spite of glass walls, your absolute privacy is assured and your calming retreat has been decorated as if Zulu meets Zen. You will have a sweeping view of one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet.

The dainty forms of dwarf forest antelope dart among and below the suites, raised on stilts to float between the sandy forest floor and the leafy canopy above. Waking up to rustling forest sounds and bird song, surrounded by delicate leaf-filtered light, a pervading sense of peace and calm will set the tone for your entire day. Cradled in a deep maze of ancient vegetation, each air conditioned suite provides serene, reflective spaces to watch the secrets of the forest unfold. The dappled green shade works its magic on guests and animals alike, providing an intimate glance into the world of the forest dwellers. Tiny suni and red duiker graze among the vines and massive tree trunks, and a short walk to the main guest area could easily become a close encounter with a graceful nyala or an agile impala.

Fresh duiker tracks in the sandy paths point the way towards the lodge’s rim flow pool, where you can relax in the shade of the wooded canopy. While away an afternoon on the spacious private veranda of your suite, secluded from all except an occasional red tonga squirrel in the treetops. Invite the tranquillity of the forest inside with you and take a soak in your oversized bathtub with huge glass windows offering yet another perspective on the play of leaves and light outside. Mealtimes on the open air dining deck bring about their own distractions, as monkeys frolic in the branches and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife grazes on the open plain in the distance. In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the dense foliage above.

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