andBeyond Phinda Homestead, the popular sole-use safari villa at andBeyonPhinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, has reopened on September 1, 2018 following the complete rebuild. The new lodge, which comes with a dedicated ranger, tracker team, and safari vehicle, allows guests the rare opportunity to completely personalize their safari experience.
Tucked into the edge of a dappled forest, the lodge looks out over an open clearing, its architecture blending into its natural surroundings. Blurring the boundaries between the guest and the bush, the lodge’s living areas consist of large covered open spaces, while the clever use of large expanses of glass maximizes the feeling of being outdoors. Spacious flat-roofed walkways and shaded area open out onto sun decks and a swimming pool that extends out into the open pan. Rammed earth walls and recycled timber accents bring the natural feel into the indoor spaces.
Raw, earthy materials are combined with quirky accents, as well as the area’s local flavors, to create an elegant and contemporary bush home. Inspired by the natural surrounding and the local Zulu culture, the interiors are furnished in clean lines and earthy tones, with highlights of burnt clay, aloe and red. Traditional Nguni hides, intricate basketwork and colourful crafts, all sourced directly from the local communities, are featured throughout the home, paying homage to the area’s proud and vibrant Zulu culture
The design elements used to create Phinda Homestead are proudly and uniquely South African. One-of-a-kind Zulu reed tassel curtains were sourced from a local roadside stall and now take pride of place in the ensuite bathrooms. Hand-woven Zulu baskets produced by Khanyisele Crafts in the Nongoma community are also featured throughout. Zulu basketwork and weaving are celebrated throughout, with subtle lattice patterns brought to play in the most unexpected areas. Quirky design touches pay homage to the history of the land where the reserve is situated, which was once dilapidated cattle and pineapple farms before being reclaimed for conservation and transformed into a renowned Big Five game reserve.
Inviting guest areas blend into private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms where bathtubs look out onto the bush outside. Open to the cooling breezes, shared living spaces invite guests to interact with each other, as well as with the landscape outsid
A calming water feature in the entrance sets the tone for this soothing and elegant bush home, while the lodge design caters perfectly for al fresco dining. The deep veranda boasts a breakfast bar that converts into a cocktail in the evening hours. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the center of the guest experience, allowing hearty meals to be prepared at the heart of this comfortable bush home. Flavors and fragrances from the hanging herb garden situated off the front kitchen enhance the fare prepared for guests.
A gym and massage area cater to guest comfort, while a nanny’s room is available for child minders or staff traveling with the family.
The much-loved lodge, which is booked as a single unit for families or groups of friends, comes with a dedicated ranger and tracker team, as well as a private safari vehicle. Game drives times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalized safari.
andBeyond designs personalized high-end tours in 15 countries in Africa, five in Asia and four in South America, offering discerning travelers a rare and exclusive experience of the world as it should be. We own and operate 29 extraordinary lodges and camps in iconic safari, scenic and island destinations in Africa and South America. This enables us to positively impact more than 9 million acres of wildlife land and 3,000 kilometres (1,864 miles) of coastline.
Established in 1991, andBeyond strives to leave our world a better place than we found it through our care of the land, wildlife and people, and the delivery of extraordinary guest experiences. We have established an intimate relationship with some of the world’s last remaining unspoiled natural places and the communities that surround them. In combination with our highly-skilled guides and rangers, this allows us to deliver extraordinary guest experiences that feel profoundly meaningful.
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