When it opened in 1991 andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, set in conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond’s 70,560-acre Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, was lauded as one of the first true eco-lodges.
Now, as the context of contemporary luxury safari evolves, the much-loved lodge has undergone an extensive rebuild, with a new elegant, minimalist interior design, which retains subtle references to its original ‘Zulu-zen’ décor, all to be revealed as the lodge welcomes guests back from December 2023.
The lodge is built in a rare sand forest, one of only a few left in the world, home to important endemic plant species, as well as some of South Africa’s rarest animals. Interior designers Fox Browne Creative, who have worked on the refurbishments of the other five lodges on the reserve, have partnered with architectural designer Jack Alexander to craft the new Phinda Forest Lodge, maximising the connection to the forest through wide open views throughout the lodge. Major structural additions include a family suite, a library and lounge, a newly reshaped and tiered pool, and significant upgrades to the main dining and bar areas. An all-new massage sala has been created next to the pool.
In line with andBeyond’s impact model, the lodge will offer immersive experiences focused on the conservation of species such as white and black rhinoceros and Temminck’s ground pangolin, bringing its guests experiences that go beyond the expectation of average luxury to leave our world a better place.