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Phinda Vlei Lodge

Wonderfully stylish luxury lodge in the &Beyond Phinda Big 5 Reserve. Northern KZN.
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The & Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve borders the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in Northern KwaZulu Natal.


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.
Phinda Private Game 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 29 866 ha (73 800 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 such as a specialist walking and tracking safaris, a sleep out under the stars, 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 trip, 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.

Phinda Vlei Lodge lies within the 23 000 hectare (56 800 acre) & Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To the East of Phinda is iSimangaliso /Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. To the west of Phinda are the white-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean, only 30kms (19 miles) away.


    Three meals daily
    Soft drinks
    House wines
    Local brand spirits and beers
    Teas and coffees
    Refreshments on game drives
    Safari activities
    1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
    Emergency medical evacuation insurance
    Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip


The & Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was formed about 20 years ago along the borders of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – one of Africa’s most ecologically diverse regions. Farmland was restored back to its natural habitats and stocked with big game animals. Seven different eco systems exist on the reserve including forest and coastal, and its variety renders it perfect for an escape of luxury and adventure. Conservation Corporation Africa has built four private lodges in the reserve, each in its own environment with differing qualities.


We love the luxurious dark wood finishes which give the stylish suites a distinctly sensual feel – add the private plunge pools and it’s the perfect spot for a romantic breakaway!
With Phinda boasting seven distinct habitats, you’ll enjoy your game drive viewing in wonderfully diverse surroundings.

Special SADC Rate


per person sharing per night. Book within 21 days of travel. Valid until 18 March 2024.

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night.

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