Phinda Private Game Reserve is located in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 43,240 acres (17,500 hectares) of prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Phinda Reserve has scenic rivers, floodplains and open pans. As the ecosystem is primarily riverine, wildlife includes hippos, crocodile, nyala, bushbuck, red duiker, suni and black and white rhino. It is home to cheetah, leopard and lion.