Phinda Private Game Reserve Kwa Zulu-Natal $$$$

There are actually six separate lodges on this private game reserve varying in price and amenities, but all offer the same excellent game viewing.  The reserve actually borders the Indian Ocean which puts it on the east side of South Africa.  It is accessible by regional air from Johannesburg.  Zuka Lodge and Getty House each has four suites and are each rented to families and/or four couples traveling together.  They each come with private chef and game ranger.  Rock Lodge is theire small top drawer lodge with six stone and adobe suites.  Forest Lodge has 16 Zulu Zen suites that blend into he lovely forest setting.  Phinda offers “Big Five” game viewing but they also have exceptional cheetah sightings.  The food and service is very up-market and the entire Phinda experience is worth a visit.