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Norwalk, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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... More 

2 Thank Gerald P
Weipa, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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... More 

2 Thank Nicole M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

1 Thank Claire A
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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... More 

4 Thank Jenterz0828
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
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... More 

14 Thank JillyB371
Yavatmal, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
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... More 

3 Thank Shridhar_Jaju
Cedar Crest
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
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... More 

1 Thank ExcellentAdventures
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2015

For someone looking to experience the highest quality South Africa safari available, there is not better choice. At Vlei Lodge (for a steep price point) you will have you own private safari home complete with an infinity pool, amazing furnishings, gorgeous bathroom, and much more. You can literally sit on your porch and watch Nyalas prance across the grasslands and... More 

2 Thank C W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

I have never felt so spoilt. The staff at Phinda Vlei were genuinely warm, helpful and a pleasure to spend time with. Happiness' food was a delight and tasted even better with her big smile. The game drives with Ross and Dave were very good. Both extremely knowledgable, pleasant and we had wonderful cheetah and lion sightings! And the room!... More 

Thank Craig R
Massapequa, New York
1 review
Reviewed 26 December 2014

My first safari experience was amazing at the Phina Vlei Lodge. Although raining season we had no rain. The bush was thick , green and beautiful. I was concerned that I may not see as many animals but that wasn't the case. Ranger Martan and tracker were amazing and so knowledgeable. These guys took us on a fantastic safari adventure.... More 

Thank sweeterhog

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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 

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Address: Kwazulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Phinda Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 6
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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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