&Beyond is the world's leader in luxury experiential travel, designing personalised luxury safaris in 15 African countries, as well as arranging bespoke tours in India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Chile and Argentina. Through this, we sustain hundreds of rural communities and millions of acres of precious, sometimes endangered wildlife land.

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&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate romantic, private safari destination. Overlooking the Reserve’s 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.

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About the Lodge

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Why Visit

  • 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


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.

Fast Facts

  • Best time to travelAll year round; best game viewing from March to end of September.
  • Recommended for ChildrenChildren are welcome. See our Family Travel page.
  • Guest SafetyThe lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
  • Lodge AmenitiesPrivate lap pools, butler service, variety of intimate dining settings
  • LanguagesAfrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Sepedi.
  • WildlifeCheetah, White & Black Rhino, Nyala Antelope, and more. Find out more about Wildlife.
  • CurrencySouth Afrian Rand (ZAR)
  • Capacity6 Rooms, 12 guests maximum

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Beach and bush, wildlife and culture, the marvels of nature and the wonders of the ocean depths, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve has it all.

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Activities Include

  • A Night Under the Stars
  • Black Rhino Tracking on Foot
  • Endangered Wild Cats Project
  • Family Safari
  • Indian Ocean Scuba Safari
  • Luxury Walking Safari
  • Maputaland Beach Adventure
  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
  • Photographic Safari
  • Private Safari
  • Specialist Birding Safari
  • Swimming with Whale Sharks
  • Tracking Adventure
  • Turtle Nesting Adventure
  • Zulu Village Tour
Learn More about Phinda Vlei Lodge
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    The days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.

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    True African hospitality lies at the core of &Beyond's lodges and camps throughout the continent.

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    &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate romantic, private safari destination.

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