We spent three nights here - that means six game drives and some excellent meals. We were greeted by Kathryn who said she was off on leave that evening, so from then on we were looked after by her relief manager, Saskia, who was absolutely delightful at all times. This was our third 5* safari and the lodge was by far the best we have staid in. It is approached by a sandy path - if there is lion activity nearby you are escorted. The lodge contains everything you could possibly want, all included. We were in no 5 where elephants are known to drink but they didn't while we were there. A family of warthogs did though and both Nyala and Impala with giraffe walking past too. All excellent stuff.
Our ranger was Matt Vardey with his tracker Jabs. Three of the drives were exceptional with superb sightings of rhino, elephants, zebra, giraffe and especially lion - 19 in two days I think it was. The other drives, one in the rain, were less remarkable but it was no fault of the team if the animals were winning the game of hide and seek. It is exciting, varied terrain and we were amazed by Matt's skill doing all he could to find wildlife for us.
This lodge is not cheap but excellent value for money.. There is an additional charge for The Zulu Village Experience but that is certainly worth it to get to know more of the culture and lifestyle of these remarkable people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AndBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is the ultimate, romantic and totally private safari getaway. Its location amongst the trees on the edge of an open grassland offers fantastic game viewing, with each suite carefully positioned for a prime view of the animals coming out to drink. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Phinda Vlei Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve