andBeyond Phinda Homestead, the sole-use safari villa at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, has reopened following the complete rebuild of the lodge.
Tucked into the edge of a dappled forest, the lodge looks out over an open clearing, its architecture blending perfectly 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 maximises the feeling of being outdoors.
Spacious flat-roofed walkways and shaded area open out onto sun decks and a sparkling 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 flavours, 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.
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 are in the evening hours.
An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the centre of the guest experience, allowing hearty meals to be prepared at the heart of this comfortable bush home.
Flavours and fragrances from the hanging herb garden situated off the front kitchen enhance the delicious fare prepared for guests.