Phinda Vlei Lodge

Blending beautifully into the surrounding bush, andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is the kind of place where you’re much more likely to see wildlife than people.

Blending beautifully into the surrounding bush, andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is a tranquil oasis in the middle of pristine wilderness. The lodge is built in the style of a turn of the century, plantation-style homestead and features 6 elegant, secluded guest suites. The suites boast antique tapestries, vintage cotton linens and elegant finishes. Each suite has it’s own gorgeous private pools that overlook grassy floodplains known as ‘vlei’ grazed by a wide variety of animals from elephants and lion to warthog.

If you can be tempted to leave your suite, meals can enjoyed in the communal main lodge on a spacious veranda. Also found here is a sumptuous sitting room, handsome library and a convivial fire pit ideal for chatting with fellow guests and enjoying a drink before dinner. For recreation, your personal butler can arrange a gym bag containing equipment for workouts.

The wilderness surrounding andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge comprises of seven unique habitats, ranging from rare sand forest to wetlands and forest. Go in search of the many, many creatures that live here on twice-daily game drives, on guided bush walks or on seasonal river cruises. For something different, visit a Zulu village, discover Maputaland beaches or visit an endangered cats project.


How to get to andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

If coming from Johannesburg, the most convenient way to access Phinda Vlei Lodge is to fly into Richards Bay airport. On arrival you are met and transferred by road to the lodge (approximately 2 hours).

Activities at andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

  • Game drives morning and evening
  • Guided bush walks
  • River cruises
  • Village visits
  • Conservation project excursions

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge Highlights

  • A truly sophisticated property at the edge of a grassy floodplain
  • Offering views from the bathtub, personal pool and canopied bed
  • With butler service and flexible dining options
  • Access to seven unique habitats inhabited by a huge array of wildlife
  • A wide range of activities from cultural visits to thrilling bush walks

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Accommodation at Phinda Private Game Reserve

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge is an architectural wonder - a collection of suites seemingly suspended from cliff face over a valley many metres below.

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Blending beautifully into the surrounding bush, andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is the kind of place where you’re much more likely to see wildlife than people.


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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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