South Africa: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda_Game_Reserve_Luxury_South AfricaTalk about re-populating the world with greatness. Over eighteen years ago, the region Phinda Private Game Resort now occupies (57,000 acres to be precise), used to be almost barren. Ivory hunters, farmers, and the government had killed nearly all forms of wildlife. That is, until CCAfrica (Conservation Corporation Africa) bought the land and decided to do a little multiplying. Stocking the area with 2,000 once indigenous animals like white rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, and lions, it’s now a model for what conservation and preservation can look like. The animals have done so well we’re even told they’re mating. We’re also hear that CCAfrica is considering adding some (less glamourous, but just as important) smaller wildlife like servals and jackals.

The area is so large that you can also experience seven different ecosystems all in one trip: ilala palm savanna, montana grassland, riverine forest, acacia thornveld, sand forest, open grassland, and natural pan systems.

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If that’s not cool enough, in the lush KwaZulu-Natal region of Southern Africa sandwiched between Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda offers four luxury lodges that promise to not disappoint; complete with running water, private plunge pools, and stellar cuisine.

@ $7,000 for  one week of game viewing bliss.


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