Phinda Vlei Lodge

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At Phinda Vlei Lodge simply spending time in your spacious suite is like being on safari. With each suite carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink and panoramic vistas from even your shower or bathtub, the game viewing never stops!

Set on the edge of the forest and overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole, this wildlife playground brings your game encounters up close and personal. Each morning and early evening the animals appear, dotting the sweeping vlei in a never-ending wildlife parade.

Whether from the intimate guest areas or the seclusion of your own suite, watch the daily details of the bush come to life, from the antics of the monkeys and the prolific birdlife to the herds of zebra or families of warthog ambling along the open vlei.

Why visit Phinda Vlei Lodge:
- Day and night game drives, walking safari and river cruises
- Secluded and romantic; light Asian inspired structures with warm African interiors
- Phinda Adventures Zulu village tours, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives, scuba safaris, black rhino tracking on foot, visits to endangered wild cats project, swimming with whale sharks
- Specialist Safaris birding, photographic, rhino capture and research, tracking, walking, family and private safaris
- Perfect for Couples, wildlife enthusiasts, keen birders
- Situated between two habitats, the forest and the grasslands

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: All year round; best game viewing from March to end of September.
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN: Children are welcome. See our Family Travel page.
GUEST SAFETY: The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
LODGE AMENITIES: Private lap pools, butler service, variety of intimate dining settings

Accommodation at Phinda Vlei Lodge:
Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate romantic, private safari destination.

Overlooking the Reserves unique vlei (wetland) system on the edge of the sand forest, its location offers ever changing game viewing from the comfort of your bed, your shower or your private plunge pool
At Phinda Vlei Lodge simply spending time in your spacious suite is like being on safari.

With each suite carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink and panoramic vistas from even your shower or bathtub, the game viewing never stops!

Set on the edge of the forest and overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole, this wildlife playground brings your game encounters up close and personal. Each morning and early evening the animals appear, dotting the sweeping vlei in a never-ending wildlife parade.

Whether from the intimate guest areas or the seclusion of your own suite, watch the daily details of the bush come to life, from the antics of the monkeys and the prolific birdlife to the herds of zebra or families of warthog ambling along the open vlei.

Activities available at Phinda Vlei Lodge:
- Twice daily game drive
- Scuba diving
- Maputuland beach adventure
- Turtle nesting adventure
- Tracking black rhino on foot
- Swim with whale sharks
- Zulu village tour
- Photographic safaris
- Family safaris and more
- Luxury walking safaris
- Nature walks

Family travel at Phinda Vlei Lodge:
Children are welcome at Phinda Vlei Lodge.
Game drives are available to children aged twelve years and older. Children aged six to twelve are permitted on game drives at the lodge managers discretion.

Designed especially for children visiting &Beyonds lodges, WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.

Health and Climate:
SUMMER (OCTOBER-APRIL)
Daytime temperatures above 35˚C / 95˚F

WINTER (MAY-SEPTEMBER)
Night-time temperature rarely drops below 10˚C / 50˚F

Lush and hot in summer, with many young animals. Winter thins out the vegetation and cools things down for the best game viewing.
Cancellation Policy:
At confirmation: 10% of total reservation value
Less than 45 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value.
Facilities & Services:

Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Parking (off-street - covered)
English
Other Language
Swimming Pool
Directions:

By Air:
Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Phinda Airstrip.
Daily scheduled flights by SA Express from Johannesburg International Airport to Richards Bay Airport.
Transfers from Richards Bay Airport to Phinda are available by road.

By Road:
Phinda is accessible by road by two-wheel drive vehicle -- driving time from Johannesburg is six hours and from Durban is three hours.
The turn-off from the N2 is between the towns of Mkuze and Hluhluwe and is clearly sign-posted.

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Units and Rooms

Suites

Count: 6
Max Persons: 2
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