- Intimate and private
- Private plunge pools
- The Phinda Reserve
- Game drives
- Staff and guides
- Very romantic
- Lodge type Luxury Safari Lodge
- Location; Zululand
- Lodge size; 6 suites
- Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Experience one of KwaZulu-Natal's more unique and luxurious offerings, Phinda Vlei Lodge
For those who are interested in birding, the surrounding forest and wetland make for one best birding experiences in South Africa. That is not forgetting the wildlife on view of course.
The lodge and her six suites are positioned at the edge of a forest overlooking a waterhole teaming with wildlife and birdlife. Vlei Lodge is a small secluded, intimate and private option for those wanting something unique.
A truly romantic destination the more discerning traveller.
Phinda Private Game Reserve in the Zululand region of KwaZulu Natal is nestled between the Mkuze Game Reserve, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Indian Ocean.
Comprising of 29 000 hectares, the reserve is famed for offering guests an excellent chance of sighting the "Big 5", cheetah, black rhino and other plains game as well as over 380 species of bird all the while being surround by pristine bushveld.
Phinda contains seven distinct ecosystems; woodland, grassland, wetland, forest, mountain ranges, river courses and marshes.
Six luxuriously appointed double suites with glass-fronted windows and thatched roofs, all suites feature air-conditioning, personalised mini-bars and views of wildlife.
Suites are positioned in such a way that guests are guaranteed the utmost in privacy when on relaxing on the viewing deck or in taking a dip in the plunge pool.
En-suite bathrooms are of a luxurious nature with free-standing bathtubs, showers, his and hers basins and more space then one would know what to do with.
Delicious Pan African cuisine whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner all served either on the lodges game viewing deck, dining area or out in a beautiful bush setting under the African stars.
A bush breakfast is a must for all that stay, the perfect ending for a morning game drive. Private dining on your suites viewing deck is an option for those with romantic intentions.
The central guest area of Phinda Vlei Lodge offers stunning views from the various lounges, fireplaces, small library, dining areas and wooden decks.
The entire area is inviting and stylish with exceptionally friendly staff always on hand to assist.
Wildlife activities that are included;
- Morning game drives
- Mid to late morning bush walks
- Afternoon into evening game drives
Activities that are optional when staying at Phinda;
- Zulu village tours
- Night turtle drives (seasonal)
- Scuba Safaris
- An ocean safari
- Tracking Black Rhino on foot
Specialist Safaris include
- Rhino capture and research
- Luxury walking
- Private safari vehicles
Families and children are most welcome at Phinda Vlei Lodge, special kid-friendly menus; babysitting options are available as is a WILDchild programme. To be honest, if you have a family in tow, rather look at Phinda Forest or Phinda Mountain. Vlei Lodge is more of an adult orientated affair; young children will run out of things to do rather quickly.
In-room spa treatments and massages are available for guests.
Rates from R11 400.00 pp
- Three meals daily
- Soft drinks
- House wines
- Local brand spirits and beers
- Teas and coffees
- Refreshments on game drives
- Safari activities
- One hour nature walks
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
- Administration fee
- Telephone calls
- Safari shop purchases
- All items of a personal nature
- Fine wines
- Premium brand spirits and cigars
- Government bed levy
- Conservancy or park fees
- Landing fees
- Phinda Adventures
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season