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Phinda vlei lodge extended dining deck 2400

Phinda Vlei Lodge

Discover Phinda Vlei Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal covers 23 000 hectares of 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 of cheetah and the rare black rhino.

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.

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  • Game drives in open vehicles, led by expert rangers and Zulu trackers
  • Specialist walking safaris and infrared Night Eye drives
  • Sugar-cane planation-style suite interiors
  • Secluded, quiet and peaceful African bush experience

At a glance

  • 6 Suites
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • All Inclusive
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Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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INSIDER TIP

"Don't be alarmed if you find your plunge pool visited by elephants that often come to quench their thirst."

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ACTIVITIES

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