Well true to the Phinda name this was a return visit. 2nd to Vlei and 3rd to Phinda. And it was as special this time as the first. As a game reserve it just keeps delivering the most amazing experiences Combined with the fabulous people it evokes emotions and memories that we relive almost every day. Leaving is a wrench.
This time, we had 2 villas, number 3 and number 6 overlooking the main plain. We had heard that elephants can come to drink from the pool at number 6 but never could have predicted 37 doing it on one day. We sat in the room and just savored the most amazing moment watching the interaction and behavior with each other.Something I will never forget. Returning to be welcomed by Michael, Happiness the Chef and meet Mandla was as much a treat as the wildlife . With Mandlas service, Happiness special food , to then spend time with Warren the ranger and Abel our tracker and what they found for us was just incredible. A lion kill, Cheetah kill, Cheetah cubs, lions roaring on the road in the dark, Leopard, Black Rhino and the list goes on. If Abel got of the truck, it wasn,t if he tracked something, but when he was going to find it. For those 4 precious nights you feel a part of something special and the only sad moment is when you have to leave.
- 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