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Phinda Vlei Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Phinda Vlei Lodge offers exquisite, classic style and intimacy against the backdrop of truly wild Africa in all her splendour. The lodge comprises six elegant thatched suites to offer that exclusive safari experience.

At a Glance

  • Each suite has its own private plunge pool

  • Excellent game viewing due to the seven different habitats

  • Sit on your private deck and watch animals come to drink

  • Enjoy a romantic dinner in the privacy of your suite

  • Exclusive and intimate experience with only six suites

Adventure, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Phinda has both black and white rhino as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Sit on the deck in the main area and watch game wander across the plains in front of you.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Phinda Vlei Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to KwaZulu Natal and the north coast


Phinda Reserve is cradled in the arms of the Ubombo Mountains and flanked to the east by golden beaches and the Indian Ocean, in KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of Africa’s most diverse wilderness areas, boasting seven ecozystems and an extraordinary range of wildlife.

Phinda Vlei Lodge is an elegant and exclusive lodge whose stilted suites of thatch, teak and glass overlook Phinda’s unique ’vlei ’ or pan system at the edge of the forest. Each of the six suites boasts a large, airy double bedroom with spacious en-suite bathroom and gorgeous free standing tubs, private plunge pool and outdoor deck, ideal for bird and game watching.

Relax and unwind in the comfortable sitting area in front of a warm and inviting open fireplace. Savor delicious and innovative Pan African meals, served on the expansive game viewing decks or in a beautiful and remote bush setting.

Here you can enjoy twice daily game drives, interpretive bush walks where you can explore the fascinating ecozystems of the rare dry sand forest and canoeing/boat cruises on the Mzinene River. You can also go diving in the Indian Ocean or why not take to the skies to get a totally different perspective of the Phinda Game Reserve's wonderfully diverse landscape.


Phinda Vlei Lodge offers six spacious air-conditioned suites with an en-suite bathroom featuring inviting free standing tubs, private plunge pool which brings welcome respite from the heat of the African sun and outdoor deck, ideal for bird and game watching.


Children over the age of 8 years are welcome at Phinda Vlei Lodge. Children under 12 years can partake in game drives at the guide’s discretion.


Facilities at the Phinda Vlei Lodge include a private bar and plunge pool in each suite. The lodge offers expansive viewing decks and a comfortable sitting area. The lodge also offers in room massages.


Swimming, game drives, walking safaris, boat cruises and canoeing are all complimentary at Phinda Vlei Lodge. Activities at an additional charge include scuba diving and scenic flights for an astonishing bird's-eye view of Phinda's varying habitats. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecozystems - a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The diverse wildlife this brings is nothing short of sensational.

Location & Directions

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Vlei Lodge lies within the northern region of the 56 800 acre Phinda Private Game Reserve. Situated in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, neighbors the iSimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site to the east and is only 30 km (19 miles) due west of the white-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

When to go

As a country in the Southern Hemisphere South Africa's seasons are the reverse of the north - with winter in June-August and summer December-February. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Phinda Vlei Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to KwaZulu Natal and the north coast

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