&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

A SECLUDED, PLANTATION-STYLE, HIDEAWAY ON THE EDGE OF A RARE SAND FOREST

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Location

Access:

Airlink offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza

Seven-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

Three and a half-hour drive from Durban on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

Private charters from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s airstrip

Highlights

Safari

SAFARI GAME DRIVES

Day and night safaris. Big Five and iconic wildlife encounters

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BUSH WALK

Connect with the African bush

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CONSERVATION EXPERIENCES

Assist our conservation team with pangolin, rhino and elephant monitoring

Culture

CULTURAL INTERACTION

Gain insight into the noble Zulu tribe

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PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

Take advantage of our fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle

Accommodation

Suite

SUITES

Six air-conditioned suites

Teenagers

CHILD POLICY

Children 12 years and older welcome

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PRIVATE LAP POOLS

Looking out onto beautiful views

Amenities

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SWAROVSKI BINOCULARS

Complimentary use for the duration of your stay

Wifi

WIFI

Connect with the outside world

Gym

WELLNESS

Gym in a basket and in-room massage

Rates

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2020: JANUARY - DECEMBER
From ZAR 11,400 per person per night

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Welcome to Phinda Vlei

Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate and romantic safari lodge, overlooking a unique vlei (wetland system) on the edge of Phinda Private Game Reserve’s rare sand forest.

The reserve showcases one of the continent’s finest Big Five game viewing experiences and displays a magnificent tapestry of seven unique landscapes across an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of protected wildlife terrain. Guests at Phinda experience unforgettable interpretive game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, led by professionally trained &Beyond rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as a wide range of optional adventures in the bush and on the beach.

Phinda Vlei Lodge’s unique location offers ever-changing game viewing from the comfort of your suite. Set on the edge of a sand forest, and overlooking a vast grassy meadow, each of the six thatched suites ensure exclusivity and incredible wildlife sightings. The air-conditioned suites each feature a beautiful, plantation-style bedroom, with a luxuriously spacious ensuite bathroom and dressing room that effortlessly blends a sense of old-world luxury with quirky, contemporary features. The suite’s interiors showcase a mix of curated antiques and collectables combined with bold fabrics. Take advantage of a private lap pool and game viewing deck that overlooks lush plains and observe antelope and other curious wildlife grazing nearby, as well as a variety of birdlife.

Unwind in the beautiful surrounds of the main guest area, which also includes a handsome library, as well as a fire pit setting, ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda adventures Adventures such as a Specialist Walking and Tracking Safaris, a sleep out under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive, and other participative conservation experiences such rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also within easy access of the reserve are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach adventures, horseback riding, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist Safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.

Why we love it

IMPRESSIVE GAME VIEWING

28 555 ha of private, traversing across seven distinct habitats allows for a great diversity of landscapes and exclusive game viewing. Limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of Big Five wildlife.

ICONIC WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Phinda is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, but is best known for its large population of cheetah and black rhino. The sand forest is home to the shy suni and the rare red duiker, two tiny antelope that are seldom encountered elsewhere.

INTIMATE AND PEACEFUL

Situated in the ideal location between two habitats, the forest and grasslands, this lodge consists of just six intimate suites. You can look forward to an incredibly secluded, quiet and peaceful African bush experience overlooking a magnificent landscape.

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES

A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, an infrared Night Eye Experience, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities.

Going Beyond the Expected

Go ‘Beyond the Expected’ with a safari theatre experience. Led by our experienced guides, enjoy a morning bush cappuccino rendezvous and evening sundowner stop on your game drives, as well as a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars, for your use during your stay with us.

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Care of the Land, Wildlife & People

&Beyond's impact in conservation & community