Why I love the bush.

We were recently blessed with a 2 night stay at the incredible Phinda Mountain Lodge in Zululand. Phinda is the epitome of bush luxury and the staff honestly go out of their way to make you feel like royalty.   Time seems to go slower in the bush and 2 nights felt like a week.  We were also fortunate enough to have some amazing sightings, which included a black-backed jackal, porcupine, white-tailed mongoose, large spotted genet, white fronted vultures and a cheetah with her 3 cubs.

Beautiful (and verrrrry cold) plunge pool.

Game drives were out of this world!  Our rangers Nick (left) and Vince (right) made an entertaining and knowledgeable team. Go Team!

Tracking was fun!  Try and guess what these belong to…

How cute and fuzzy is this little guy!?

Sun downers whilst listening to a lion roar, pretty epic!

 …The next morning we saw this huge male.

Celebratory coffee/hot chocolate.

Bush walk  after breakfast – way too cool!  That’s an elephant thigh bone Ray is holding below and me with the hip bone.

Outdoor showers and boma dinners for the win!

This next bit was the absolute highlight for us!  A female cheetah with 3 cubs.  She also chased down a reed buck and made a kill right in front of us and then called her cubs over for dinner.  Unfortunately I don’t have pics of the actual kill as she chased it down a little too far for my 200mm.

Love this one ♥♥

Cook-up breakfast on top of a mountain, what a treat!

 Nick the hot chocolate guru.

Vince and Nick still friends even after a bird book mysteriously disappeared from the vehicle after an eagle sighting.  You guys are legends!


  1. Steve Wilson says:

    Great pictures as always. I recognize my shower buddy from Refugio Grey!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Wow, stunning pictures Lex… the cheetah pics are incredible. A little green actually over your superb sightings lol.
    Phinda looks absolutely amazing and so so luxurious!!! I think the hubby may have to take me there for our anniversary :)

  3. Fiona Kerr says:

    Stunning pictures! (as usual) and you look gorgeous! :)

  4. Nick and I also had such a great time…the two of you were awesome to take around. good things happen to good people!!

  5. Thanks for the comments ♥

  6. WOW!!! This is beautiful, Your photos are stunning! I am a photography student and this really inspires me :) I would love to meet you and maybe work with you one day. So natural. Thank you for giving me even more reason to get to Phinda and re-connect with my friends. Look forward to seeing some more :) Keep going you are great

  7. Thanks for the comment Vasti I really appreciate it ♥ Enjoy Phinda when you do go :)

  8. Catherine says:

    Wow beautiful pics and lovely story line. Looks like you had an amazing time and what wonderful hosts! Evidence of the true hospitality and care &Beyond take in all their guests, staff and community.

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