Game Reserve

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Why the Phinda
Game Reserve
is special

Almost all of the big animal game species that had occupied the region for countless millennia disappeared last century. The cause was ill-advised farming and cattle-raising practices that decimated the wildlife and degraded the soil.

In the early 1990s, &Beyond (formerly called CC Africa) began acquiring the land to restock wildlife relocated from distant reserves. Phinda aptly means "return" in Zulu.

Today, Phinda once again is rich in major game wildlife. And, &Beyond voluntarily returned the ownership of the land to the local Zulu tribes, from whom it now leases the real estate.

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Wildlife variety

The reserve has nearly every major safari animal - lions, elephants, cheetahs, white rhinos and even the rare black rhinos. Phinda is also acclaimed for its birding, especially during migratory periods.

Different eco-systems

The 22,000 hectares (85 square miles) of Phinda comprise seven distinct eco-systems. You see a wide variety of vegetation and animal habitats.

Sunrises and sunsets

Phinda has stunning sunrises and sunsets because of its sweeping vistas and proximity to the ocean.

Seven venues

Phinda has six luxury safari lodges and one walking-safari camp. Click the blue links below for my pages on those seven venues:

Rock Lodge
The other six Phinda venues

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