The Homestead at &Beyond Phinda is a totally private sole-use safari residence. An exclusive hideaway for the world’s travel connoisseur, it blends luxury and laidback bliss with true wildlife adventure. Stylish and sophisticated, yet refreshingly simple, The Homestead celebrates the luxury of Africa’s wide open spaces with its sky and savanna theme.
A private safari villa designed for comfort and ease, The Homestead at &Beyond Phinda provides the ideal venue to reconnect with family and friends. Retro trinkets, Zulu crafts and sleek, contemporary touches add sophistication, while generous courtyards, ponds and living areas that open up to the landscape beyond embrace the surrounding bush. Large sliding windows give a sense of space and light, dominated by breathtaking vistas of Africa.
An interactive kitchen awaits guests’ instructions, whether it’s the simple joys of having their favourite meals prepared for them or the pure pleasure of being surprised at meal time. Plump cushions beckon from around the sparkling swimming pool while more active guests can enjoy a workout in a gym that boasts incredible views of the wilderness outside. Complete with private ranger, tracker, butler and chef, as well as exclusive use of an open 4×4 safari vehicle, The Homestead is ideal for family celebrations and special occasions.
A stronghold for the elegant cheetah and the endangered black rhino, as well as the famed Big Five, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses 23 000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal. A birding haven, the reserve is described as Seven Worlds of Wonder, thanks to its seven distinct habitats, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest interspersed with mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. Home to 1 000 hectares of Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest, the reserve enjoys easy access to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs of Sodwana, offering a unique combination of bush and beach adventures.
Guests at &Beyond Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, led by expert &Beyond-trained rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as exciting optional adventures in the water and on the beach.
&Beyond Phinda is accessible to guests in two-wheel drive vehicles. Phinda lies six hours by road from Johannesburg, three hours from Durban and an hour and a half from Richards Bay.
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Federal Air operates a daily direct return flight from OR Tambo to Phinda. Sa Express offers daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay, followed by an hour and half transfer to the reserve. Phinda Airwing can also arrange private charters from anywhere in South Africa directly to the reserve’s airstrip.
Weather & climate
&Beyond Phinda has a subtropical climate with hot, humid and wet summers from September to April and warm to cool and dry winters from May to August. Rainfall averages about 1 000 mm per annum and much of it comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected throughout the year.
Summer: Daytime temperatures may rise above 35˚C
Winter: Nights rarely drop below 10˚C
The currency is the South African rand.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for South Africa. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.