Phinda Vlei Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal covers 23 000 hectaresof land encompassing seven unique ecosystems. Exciting game viewing offers guests the chance to spot the Big Five as well as marine species like dolphins and turtles and 415 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings cheetah and the rare black rhino.

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  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

Phinda is home to 6 magnificent lodges. Vlei Lodge is situated along the edge of the rare sand forest, integrating into the surrounding bush. This charming lodge comprises 6 thatched suites decorated in the plantation-style. Each of the suite features a luxurious ensuite bathroom, private plunge pool and game viewing deck which overlooks a grassy meadow where one can observe herds of grazing antelope and zebra.

Delicious and innovative cuisine is served on the expansive outdoor decks or in a beautiful and remote bush setting, creating lifelong memories.

Getting There

3 hr drive from Durban, 6 hr drive from Johannesburg, 1.5 hour drive from Richard's Bay or private charter flights from anywhere in South Africa into Phinda's airstrip.


Game drives in open 4x4 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.

Read what our previous clients thought of Phinda Vlei Lodge

Review of Phinda Vlei Lodge

Richard Shaw & George Ribeiro-Justo

Phinda Vlei lodge, in contrast to Phinda Forest Lodge, has only 6 suites and is much more exclusive, with our fellow guests seemingly all there to really experience and enjoy the wildlife experience. The accommodation at Vlei is of the highest quality, as is the lodge team, managed so well by Tyler. The chef, 'Happiness' and our butler Micheal, were so helpful and professional, as was our ranger and guide,…

02/12/2019 Read full trip review

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Mike Bryan & Jacqueline Laux

Fantastic. Staff great. Food superb. Safaris, guides, trackers all top notch. Rooms clean, comfortable and very well appointed.

30/09/2018 Read full trip review

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