Go Tell it on a Mountain!
Conservation Corporation Africa‘s (CC Africa) Phinda Mountain Lodge has completed a comprehensive makeover of its suites, main lodge, pool and terraces. “The grand old lady of CC Africa is looking too beautiful,” says Marketing Director Nicky Fitzgerald, “and the millions invested into Phinda Mountain Lodge have been worth every cent so that we are extremely proud of its transformation.”
Each of the 25 new suites features an ensuite bathroom, private sitting area and spacious veranda complete with private plunge pool and an open-air shower. The completely new, U-shaped main lodge, with central al fresco courtyard, consists of cozy sitting areas leading out onto a shaded terrace with breathtaking views of the Ubombo Mountains and surrounding grasslands. Mountain Lodge’s executive chef whips up locally inspired meals, served either in the traditional stone and reed boma or in a clearing in the bush under an umbrella of twinkling stars.
In addition to Mountain Lodge, there are five other lodges at CC Africa‘s Phinda Private Game Reserve: Rock Lodge, Vlei Lodge, Forest Lodge, Zuka Lodge and Getty House. “Phinda is very much the crucible of all the values that we hold so dear,” says Fitzgerald, “that are simply summarized in CC Africa’s core ethic: ‘Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People.'”
Originally built in 1992, Phinda Mountain Lodge was one of the first lodges in CC Africa’s portfolio to embrace the company’s vision for 4ecotourism. Meaning “The Return” in Zulu, Phinda is an exemplary example of successful ecotourism – firstly restoring misused farmland to its pristine state over 16 years ago, restocking it with the Big Five and other wildlife, and then returning ownership of 9,500 hectares of the land to the local communities in 2007.
About CC Africa: CC Africa owns and operates more than 45 safari lodges and camps throughout Southern and East Africa and is now branching out to India in cooperation with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. As Africa’s leading ecotourism company, it is dedicated to conserving the wildlife surrounding its properties and to contributing to the local communities while simultaneously creating a luxurious and memorable experience for travelers.