We had a lodge directly overlooking the Vlei with a plunge pool that was a favourite watering hole for lots of the animals including a huge bull elephant that was no more than 6 feet from us
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Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Phinda Vlei Lodge
- Only one of six suites
- There has been elephants that have mistaken your plunge pool as a watering hole
- Three words to describe this lodge; silky, tranquil and abundant.
Facilities includePlunge pool Room service Restaurant Bar Outdoor shower or bathtub
- Game drives
- Diving safari
- Turtle nesting
- Boating safaris
- Beach adventure
- Visit Zulu village
- Swim with whale sharks
- Black rhino tracking on foot
Seasons in South Africa
About Phinda Vlei Lodge
Elegant and serene, the gracious spaces of &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge are designed for quiet contemplation of the African bush. With each suites deck opening up onto a dazzling view of the clearing beyond, combine your game viewing with a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool, but be prepared to share it with a thirsty elephant or impala!
Each suite boasts not only a private sitting area and en-suite bathroom, but also a dressing room and game viewing deck, so you may not ever want to leave, even for meals. Not that you will have to - private dining in your suite can be arranged, as can more social meals on the dining deck or even on the edge of the Vlei. On clear, cold winter nights keep the chill at bay in front of a roaring fire in the sitting room before retiring to the comfort of a warm bed.
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!
Located between the azure ocean waters and the lush World Heritage Site iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Phinda's 23 000 hectares comprises seven distinct ecosystems, including the rare sand forest.
How to get there
Flying to Phinda Private Game ReserveScheduled flights are available directly from Johannesburg to Phinda on some days of the week. Scheduled domestic flights are available from Johannesburg to Durban International Airport or Richards Bay Airport. Self-drive is possible from Johannesburg or Durban.
When to go
Best time to travel is all year round. Lush and hot in summer, with an abundance of young animals. The vegetation becomes thinner in the dry winter months and the cooler temperatures allow for the best all-round game viewing.
Min 24°C/75°F Max 32°C/90°F
Min 8°C/46°F Max 23°C/73°F
Currency=South African Rand. Credit cards are also widely accepted.
Travelling with children
Traveling with Children &Beyond's WILDchild programme brings the wonder of Africa alive for children as young as six. Supervised by expertly trained rangers, each day is packed full of exciting activities that highlight the wonders of each safari destination.
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