- Intimate and private option for a South Africa safari
- Private plunge pools and viewing decks
- The Phinda Reserve and surrounding sand forest
- "Big five" game drives and safari experience
- Surrounding wetland system teaming with wildlife
- Very romantic, perfect for honeymooners and romantics
- Lodge Type: Luxury Safari Lodge
- Location; Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
- Lodge Size: 6 Thatched Suites
- Recommended Stay: 2-5 nights
Discover The Perfect Safari Getaway At Phinda Vlei Lodge - Where Absolute Luxury Meets Wild Adventure
Experience the unparalleled luxury of AndBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, one of the most unique offerings in KwaZulu-Natal. Nestled amidst a captivating sand forest and enchanting wetland, this lodge presents an extraordinary birding experience, showcasing the finest avian species in South Africa. Immerse yourself in the vibrant wildlife and birdlife as you overlook a bustling waterhole from the lodge's strategically positioned suites, offering seclusion and intimacy.
A truly idyllic and romantic destination, Vlei Lodge is the perfect choice for the discerning traveller seeking a truly unforgettable experience.
Discover the stunning beauty of the Phinda Reserve with its diverse landscapes, from grassy hills to dense forests and wetlands. Join a game drive and witness various wildlife species in their natural habitat. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on your private verandah, or relax by your own plunge pool while savouring the tranquil atmosphere. You can be sure of a truly magical stay with skilled staff and knowledgeable guides.
At AndBeyond Vlei Lodge, every significant detail has been carefully considered and designed to provide guests with the perfect getaway.
Phinda Private Game Reserve, located in the picturesque Zululand region of KwaZulu Natal, is a true gem for wildlife enthusiasts. Between the magnificent Mkuze Game Reserve, the renowned Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, and the awe-inspiring Indian Ocean, Phinda offers an unrivalled experience in the heart of nature.
Spanning an impressive 29,000 hectares, this expansive reserve is renowned for providing guests with an extraordinary opportunity to encounter the majestic "Big five" - lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. But the wildlife encounters don't stop there. Phinda is also home to elusive cheetahs, endangered black rhinos, and many plains game, creating a captivating tapestry of biodiversity.
While exploring the reserve's diverse landscapes, you'll be surrounded by the untouched beauty of pristine bushveld. Phinda boasts seven distinct ecosystems, each with its own unique charm. Every step reveals a new world waiting to be discovered, from the lush woodlands and vibrant grasslands to the tranquil wetlands and enchanting forests. Marvel at the majestic mountain ranges, follow the meandering river courses, and lose yourself in the ethereal marshes - Phinda truly offers an immersive experience like no other.
And let's not forget about the avian wonders that grace the skies above. With over 380 species of birds calling Phinda home, bird enthusiasts will be delighted by the vibrant colours and melodic symphonies that fill the air.
So, if you're seeking an unforgettable wildlife adventure in a breathtaking setting, Phinda Private Game Reserve is the perfect destination. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, embrace the thrill of close encounters, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Rooms And Suites
There are six exquisitely designed double suites in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by nature's beauty. Each Phinda Vlei Lodge suite is adorned with elegant glass-fronted windows that offer breathtaking views of wildlife, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the enchantment of their surroundings. With thatched roofs adding a touch of rustic charm, these suites provide a luxurious retreat for the discerning traveller.
Step inside and discover a world of comfort and indulgence. The air-conditioned suites are thoughtfully appointed with personalised mini-bars, ensuring every need is catered to. Rest assured that privacy is paramount as you unwind on the expansive viewing deck, basking in the tranquillity of the wilderness, or take a refreshing dip in the inviting plunge pool. The suites are strategically positioned to guarantee the utmost seclusion, allowing you to fully embrace the serenity of your surroundings.
Prepare to be pampered in the lavish en-suite bathrooms, where luxury meets relaxation. Luxurious free-standing bathtubs beckon, offering a blissful sanctuary for rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the cascading water of the showers while his and hers basins provide ample space for your personal care rituals. With more space than one could ever imagine, these bathrooms redefine indulgence and offer a sanctuary for ultimate comfort.
Welcome to a world where every detail is meticulously crafted to create an unforgettable experience. Welcome to a sanctuary of luxury and tranquillity, where nature's wonders unfold before your eyes. Welcome to a Phinda Vlei Lodge where dreams come true and memories are made.
Cuisine And Wine
Indulge in a truly captivating culinary journey, immersing yourself in the rich and diverse flavours of Pan-African cuisine when visiting Phinda Vlei Lodge. Talented chefs have meticulously crafted each dish to tantalise your taste buds, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast that will energise you for the adventures ahead. Picture yourself savouring a delectable spread of freshly baked pastries, exotic fruits, and mouthwatering hot dishes. Whether you prefer a light and healthy option or a hearty breakfast to fuel your day, we have something to satisfy every palate.
For lunch, treat yourself to an array of delectable dishes that showcase the vibrant culinary heritage of Africa. The lunch menu celebrates African gastronomy, from fragrant stews bursting with local spices to refreshing salads made with the freshest ingredients.
As the sun sets and the day draws to a close, prepare yourself for an enchanting dinner experience like no other. Choose to dine on the game viewing deck, where you can feast on delicious delicacies while taking in the breathtaking sights and sounds of the African wilderness. Alternatively, indulge in the intimate ambience of the elegant dining area, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner under the starry African sky.
But the culinary delights at Phinda Vlei Lodge don't end there. Imagine waking up to the crisp morning air and embarking on an exhilarating game drive. After witnessing the beauty of African wildlife, reward yourself with a memorable bush breakfast. Delight in a gourmet spread set against the backdrop of the serene wilderness, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of nature.
For those seeking an even more intimate dining experience, private dining on your suite's viewing deck. Imagine being surrounded by the untouched beauty of the African landscape as you indulge in a culinary masterpiece prepared exclusively for you and your loved ones. Let the romance of the setting enhance the flavours of each carefully crafted dish, creating a truly unforgettable dining experience.
The central guest area of Phinda Vlei Lodge is a true haven of tranquillity, nestled amidst breathtaking natural surroundings. Offering a seamless blend of comfort and elegance, this enchanting space boasts an array of inviting lounges, each thoughtfully designed to provide panoramic views of the awe-inspiring landscape.
With cosy fireplaces, a small library filled with literary treasures, and elegant dining areas, guests are treated to an unforgettable sensory experience. Step out onto the expansive wooden decks, where you can immerse yourself in nature's symphony and soak in the serenity of the surroundings.
Every detail has been meticulously crafted to ensure a memorable stay, complemented by the warm and attentive staff, always ready to go above and beyond to make your visit truly exceptional.
Wildlife activities at Phinda include morning game drives, where you can embark on thrilling adventures through the African bush to witness the wonders of nature. Experience the excitement of mid to late-morning bush walks, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the wilderness. In the afternoon, venture out on game drives that extend into the evening, providing unique opportunities to spot elusive nocturnal animals.
Optional activities for guests staying at Phinda Vlei Lodge encompass cultural Zulu village tours, where you can learn about the rich traditions and history of the local community. During the turtle nesting season, you can join night turtle drives to witness these magnificent creatures laying their eggs on the beach. For adventurous souls, scuba safaris offer a chance to explore the vibrant marine life of the Indian Ocean. An ocean safari allows you to marvel at the beauty of the ocean while encountering its diverse inhabitants.
For those seeking unique encounters, you can participate in tracking black rhinos on foot, getting up close to these majestic creatures while contributing to their conservation. Specialist safaris cater to specific interests, including birding safaris for avid birdwatchers, photographic safaris for capturing stunning wildlife moments, rhino capture and research safaris to learn about conservation efforts, tracking safaris to follow the trails of elusive animals, luxury walking safaris for more intimate experience, and private safari vehicles for exclusive game drives tailored to your preferences.
At Phinda Vlei Lodge, immerse yourself in an array of wildlife activities, each offering an extraordinary opportunity to connect with nature and create unforgettable memories.
Families and children are most welcome at AndBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, with special kid-friendly menus; babysitting options are available, as is a WILDchild programme.
If you have a family in tow, look at Phinda Forest or Phinda Mountain. Vlei Lodge is more of an adult-orientated affair; young children will quickly run out of things to do.
Spa And Wellness
Guests can indulge in luxurious in-room spa treatments and massages designed to provide the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. From soothing aromatherapy massages to invigorating facials, the dedicated team of therapists is here to ensure that every guest feels pampered and refreshed during their stay.
Treat yourself to a blissful spa experience right in the comfort of your safari suite.
Phinda Vlei Lodge is more than just a luxury safari retreat - it's an immersive journey into the heart of the African and Zululand wilderness.
From the stunning local dishes to the heart-thumping game drives, from the unforgettable bush breakfasts to the luxurious in-room spa treatments, every aspect of your stay is designed to leave an indelible imprint on your heart.
If you're looking for something more than the typical tourist experience that brings you face-to-face with the untamed beauty of the African wilderness, then there's no looking further—AndBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is the place to be.
Rates from R20 720.00 per person
- Phinda Vlei Lodge Rates
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- 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