This was our third &Beyond lodge in South Africa and we stayed 3 nights. We also stayed at Vlei Lodge and Ngala Tented Camp.
Rock is unique. It is built into the rock and has 6 unique rooms. We were fortunate to be at the top of the hill in room #1, which has magnificent sweeping views of the valley below.
All units have a plunge pool which warms to the sun durung the day making it the perfect temperature to relax after the morning game drive.
Rock lodge had a few customer service hicups and mainly it was a lack of comunication from the staff (i.e. food choices were not posted on boards like other properties, group dinner planned for one evening but we were not informed, etc....) but all in all, it is a very special and unique place.
The room is like a cave with a sitting area/bar, bedroom, large bathroom with tub and separate shower. It even has an outdoor shower.
Although this property it is not as posh as some other places (like Vlei Lodge), the character and outside deck/pool make up for it.
We woke up one morning at 4:30AM to Baboons fighting outside our room. One even tried to open the door (which is why they show us how to keep the animals out). Another Baboon sat on the oustide sill of the large picture window and watched us sleep - quite funny. Part of the experience/charm when you bunk in the bush with wild animals.
The game drives were excellent and we were fortunate to have Ranger Callie. She is a pro and quite fun to be around. The seven eco systems make for some interesting animal viewing and we were not disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge looks out over its own lush valley, like a small private castle amidst a tangle of wild African sights and sounds. The suites of this intimate and romantic lodge cling dramatically to steep cliffs with views across the valley. • Six air conditioned suites• Private plunge pools• Not suitable for children• 23 000 hectare private game reserve• Cheetah, black rhino and nyala ... more less