Phinda Vlei Lodge is the most intimate and elegant safari accommodation within Phinda Private Game Reserve, situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This unique corner of the world encompasses seven distinct habitats sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including Africa's iconic Big Five.

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Phinda Vlei Lodge is an exquisite lodge comprised of only six thatched suites. Its position on the edge of the forest affords guests breathtaking views over the sweeping vlei meadows, a wildlife playground where the never-ending parade of wildlife come to drink from the watering hole. The ever-changing game viewing is a constant treat here, with the panoramic vistas visible from almost every room, whether from the comfort of the bed, within the soaking bathtub or shower, or, of course, in the private deck’s plunge pool stretched out toward the horizon. Watch the details of the bush come to life as the antelope, giraffe, and zebra ambling in the plains, monkeys putting their finest antics on display, a dazzling variety of birdlife zipping from blade to branch, and the elephant and impala come to share in the soothing waters of the plunge pool. From this vantage point, guests are likely to see more animals than people during their stay.

Secluded and romantic, Phinda Vlei Lodge is an architectural gem full of light Asian inspired structures and warm African interiors. Private butler service sees to every necessity and desire, while a variety of intimate dining settings—whether a romantic fireside boma dinner or a surprise bush location—keep the safari experience lively and diverse.

Located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the World Heritage Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park, Phinda Vlei Lodge is surrounded by 54,500 acres of Phinda’s prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife, including Africa’s Big Five and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Because of this unique location, guests of Phinda Vlei Lodge experience only the most up close and personal game encounters, taking advantage of exciting game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air, and on the beach. Come face-to-face with lions and rhino before breakfast, swim with dolphins after lunch, and catch a marlin before dinner – that’s the Phinda experience, one of the most exciting safari destinations in Africa.

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