Having just returned from the andBeyond Vlei lodge at Phinda with my wife and son (23), I would say that overall this was a great experience. The only reason I can't overly "glow" with this review is that we had just spent 3 days at the andBeyond Leadwood Lodge in Sabi Sands, which was just perfect. Having said that, the staff, Rangers and Trackers did just about everything they could do to make our stay memorable, and it was. The game was plentiful, and the sheer numbers of animals here is astounding. We especially enjoyed "tracking" and observing what we came to call "our cheetahs", a mother and her two cubs, for multiple hours on several days, as they hunted for prey. Our Ranger, Martin, had a wealth of knowledge that was amazing, even knowing the page numbers in the books of birds and animals that he would bring along on each drive! In addition, his sense of humor kept us laughing throughout. Our Tracker, Abel, was great, as were the staff of the lodge, including Happiness the chef, Irene, Precious, France, Michael,and Sarah.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Phinda Vlei Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve