We had a phenomenal experience at Phinda Vlei. We saw all of the Big 5, had numerous opportunities to capture photos, and had several encounters with wildlife back at the lodge. Our guide (Marc) and tracker (Chris) were a pleasure to be around. They did an excellent job tracking the animals and adding variety to our experience. The food was abundant and excellent, expect to put on a few pounds while you're there. Some people may not like the "game reserve" approach, but for my first safari it was great. The reserve is plenty large enough that it still feels like you are out in the open, and we still had to track / search to find the animals on any given day. The massages were ok but not great, but other than that, we had an excellent trip and I would highly recommend.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Phinda Vlei Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve