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Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa - Now Updated with Pics! 
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 5:44 pm Reply with quote
slothwilliams
Joined: 05 Oct 2007
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Location: London
This was the first stop on our 2 leg honeymoon - the 2nd leg being Meeru leaving tomorrow night!!!!

We stayed at Forest Lodge in Phinda which is located in Northern Natal (the east coast of SA). What a phenomenal country and what a phenomenal game reserve (safari)!!!

Forest Lodge comprises 16 rooms, which are very private, set amongst a rare dry sand forest. The rooms are on stilts and it honestly feels like you float in the forest. So beautiful! And the best part is that the lodge is not fenced off so the animals are free to wander right around you. We often had Nyala right at the bottom of our stairs.

You really get your money's worth - the day goes something like this:

Early morning wake up call with tea/coffee and cake. Then onto your open vehicle for the first game drive of the day. Back for some breakfast at about 9:30am. Then some free time at the pool or the viewing deck. Lunch is around 1ish and then some afternoon tea at 3pm before the evening game drive. Dinner is around 7:30pm in the Boma under the African skies. Absolutely amazing, food is 5 star, and as plentiful as can be. The drinks are included in the price so you never have to worry about anything extra!

In our couple days at Phinda, we saw Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Cheetah with 5 cubs and much much more......

The staff go out of their way to help you - everyone is friendly (and they all remember your name!). On our first night we got back to our room to find a bubble bath had been run with a complimentary bottle of champagne sitting next to the bath. Candles had been placed next to the bath, and it was just sooooo romantic! On another night, we organised a private dinner on our verandah after the evening game drive. Wow, what an experience, and highly recommened. There is no extra charge for this although we did tip our waiter.

I would really recommend a safari to any of the South African game reserves - the whole experience was just so amazing!!!

Here are some pics from the holiday!























Very Happy


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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 8:15 am Reply with quote
AlisonD
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
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Location: Kent
Sounds fantastic I'm very envious. I lived in Mozambique in southern Africa for two years and did many game drives in South Africa while we were there.

What a fabulous start to married life and you get Meeru as well - it doesn't get much better than that!!

Many congrats and have a great time on Meeru

Alison

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:37 am Reply with quote
ivorfatarse
Joined: 12 Oct 2006
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Amazing,we did a kenyan safari years ago which was mind blowing.
Can i ask who you booked with,we keep saying we will go back to africa but meeru keeps popping up!!
Have a great time in meeru and congrats on the wedding Wink

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:11 am Reply with quote
surfinsandie
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Sounds an amazing place.

Sandie

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:51 am Reply with quote
slothwilliams
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We booked direct with CC Africa who own Phinda. We booked our own internal flights in SA as well as organising car hire.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:31 am Reply with quote
slothwilliams
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Just added some pics! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:35 pm Reply with quote
Helly
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Hi

WOW!!!!!!!

What amazing pictures. Being so close up to those wild animals must have been out of this world. You lucky people to experience that.

Regards
Helly.x

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:58 pm Reply with quote
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What absolutely fantastic shots, how amazing must that have been.

Helen Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:57 pm Reply with quote
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Absolutely amazing pictures Shocked

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