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Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States
Reviewed 14 June 2015

Having stayed at Phinda Rocks last year I was expecting at least the same. NOT even close. Maybe it was the wrong season but the wildlife was scarce. The ranger consistently refused to go to the Vlei where we saw most of the animals but insisted on tracking animals we never found. Tracking is fine if you have days to...

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2Thank William J
Ohio
Reviewed 14 June 2015

This was our first safari experience and I can't say enough about the staff and the accommodations. The room was beautiful. We actually viewed the wildlife drinking from our private plunge pool. The food was amazing, chef Happiness actually gave you a choice of options for each meal, and customized according to our preferences. (My husband felt the food was...

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1Thank frequentflyer414
Fort Collins, Colorado
Reviewed 13 June 2015

This was our 3rd visit to Phinda Vlei Lodge and still amazing in every way. Devon, our guide, skilled in finding amazing sightings for us and his personality is upbeat and friendly. If you love birds, he's your guy. The rooms are lovely with private pools overlooking the vlei. Thank you Happiness for the best food on the planet and...

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1Thank mollydaisy
Norwalk, Connecticut
Reviewed 26 May 2015

We have been to Africa five times on safari over the past 20 years and we recently went to Phinda Vlei Lodge. To say that it was a wonderful experience is an understatement. It was--by far--the best safari experience we have ever had. Phinda Vlei struck the PERFECT balance between feeling like you are "one with nature" and being in...

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2Thank Gerald P
Weipa, Australia
Reviewed 26 March 2015

This was our first lodge and safari experience in Africa and what a start! Our room was fantastic and private, with a view of the Vlei, the animals were always in the immediate surrounds of our room. The bed was huge and comfortable, the plunge pool was a welcome relief in the heat of the day and the bath which...

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2Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

Where do I even begin?! What an incredible stay at Vlei lodge! After a long journey we were so warmly welcomed with cold towels and a delicious refreshment in such scorching heat. Soon after, we were shown to our room and I was overwhelmed, what a spectacular room! I think it is the best room at the lodge. We had...

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1Thank Claire A
Reviewed 6 February 2015

I loved absolutely loved Vlei Lodge, and I loved Phinda! When I first decided to go to Phinda, I was trying to figure out the easiest game experience to get to from London and I wanted to make sure to go with &Beyond (this is the 8th &Beyond lodge I have stayed at, so I obviously really love them:o)). This...

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4Thank Jenterz0828
Worcester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2015

Having been to Phinda before and stayed at Rock Lodge we thought we would try The North side so we chose Vlei, well what a big mistake that was, The lodge was very Dirty we did'nt think that it had been cleaned in months, the outside food seating area the floor was covered in food from weeks previous, the chairs...

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14Thank JillyB371
Yavatmal, India
Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

My wife and I spent the first four days of our South African honeymoon tour at Phinda Vlei Lodge. At the end of it, we joked with our tour operator that she should always plan for Phinda to be the last stop of visitors to South Africa, because you are not going to experience better hospitality anywhere else. Honestly, on...

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3Thank Shridhar_Jaju
Cedar Crest
Reviewed 10 January 2015

We spent four wonderful nights at Vlei Lodge (an all-inclusive safari lodge located in the southern section of the Phinda Game Reserve) in late December 2014. What a great experience! The Lodge is located in a grassy plain where numerous animals can be seen grazing in the distance. There are six accommodations total – two on one side of the...

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  • Pool
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Minibar
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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 

Additional Information about andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Address: Kwazulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Phinda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $317 - $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Phinda Vlei Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve
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“We had room 6, where passing elephants often drink from the plunge pool - a magical experience”
 of 5 bubbles pgcraig, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All, the rooms are perfect, each room contained in bungalow style.”
 of 5 bubbles Z3183XKmarionb, 25 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We had room 4 and had elephants visiting to drink from our plunge pool on the deck”
 of 5 bubbles Paul210156, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Can't go wrong with any of the lodges. There are only six...it's a small resort...all are in a great location.”
 of 5 bubbles ADuckatHeart, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 6 has a pool that is a favorite of the elephants.”
 of 5 bubbles Rutstra, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
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