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&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Kwazulu Natal

Location :
Phinda Vlei Lodge lies within the 15 000 hectares of Phinda Reserve (northern sector), in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Phinda neighbours the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park to the east and is only 30 km due west of the white fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Activities :
Twice a day, you may take a game drive in an open Land Rover. An experienced ranger will reveal the sights and sounds of wild Zululand.

Other activities :
- bush walks,
- private bush breakfasts and Moonlit bush dinners,
- visit a Zulu Cultural Village (optional extra),
- bird-watching and birding safaris,
- horse riding (optional extra),
- “Flight of the Fish Eagle” air safari (optional extra),
- canoeing and river boat cruises,
- scuba diving (bring your certificate along) and beach adventures including snorkelling (optional extra),
- deep sea fishing (optional extra),
- turtle viewing (November/December/January) on Maputaland beaches (optional extra),
- white rhino tracking.
Suites of thatch, teak and glass built on stilts overlook Phinda Vlei Lodge’s unique “vlei” or pan system. On the verge of a forest, this century-old wetland wilderness is a favourite roaming ground of lightning-fast cheetah.
The suites are suspended above the Sand Forest floor. They overlook a natural vlei system. You can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner on your outdoor viewing deck or cool down in your private plunge pool.
The suites feature ethnic fabrics, hand-crafted cane and timber-framed panels. The décor is a subtle blend of North and West African styles with hints of Balinese influences. The unique architectural design creates the illusion that man-made structure exists between you and the African wilderness.
The reception, lounge and bar areas of this secluded lodge overlook a tranquil vlei. The shaded terrace is a superb vantage point for bird-watching. The lounge has a fireplace, books and a well-stocked drinks cabinet.
The dining area overlooks the expanse of grassy vlei. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is served in sumptuous surroundings.

Accommodation :
Six twin-bedded (all convertible to double beds) air conditioned stilted glass and thatch suites float gently above the rare Sand Forest floor, overlooking a natural vlei system. Each suite is complete with en-suite bathroom including bath, shower, twin hand basins and private w/c, personal bar, private plunge pool and outdoor deck. Romantic candlelit dinners can be served on the suite deck.

Amenities :
The dining,lounge and shaded terrace areas of this intimate and secluded camp look out over a tranquil open grassy vlei. The lounge features a fireplace, comfortable sofas, books and a well stocked drinks cabinet.