We stayed 4 nights at Forest and 4 nights at Vlei. Overall I liked Vlei better and you can read my review I posted about Vlei. The food was very good. I liked the younger chef better than the older man. He was more innovative and creative. Food was very good though. Our room was fascinating because each "cotttage" is on the sand forest floor will full glass walls. Fascinating. It was very dark though during the day and obviously no views since you are on the floor of a canopied forest. last protected sand forest floor in the world and you are privileged to be staying in it! I highly recommend a visit to local creche to see the children and the good things that &Beyond is doing to support local communities. The children sang songs for us and we gave out books and lollipops.
We used a specialist ranger, privately hired, named Mike Karantonis from Africa Direct. Having been on safari at Madikwe we wanted to raise the bar for our experience. He was exceptional and worth the extra money. We are going to Masai next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the award-winning Forest Lodge fuses architecture and conservation. The lodge was hand built by local artisans, with a minimal footprint on the forest floor – not one tree was felled during construction. An exquisite contradiction, floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside, while the dense tree canopy shelters and provides privacy. Floating on stilts above the forest floor while dainty suni graze below, the 16 Zulu Zen suites blend harmoniously into the dappled shade. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Phinda Forest Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve