We stayed at Phinda Vlei Lodge for four nights in August of 2008 and had a wonderful experience. As it is very small (only six cabins), the service is attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The food was excellent. There were always plenty of variety at breakfast and several choices of entree at both lunch and dinner.
The rooms are lovely, with a private deck (including a plunge pool) overlooking the Vlei. We enjoyed sitting there in the afternoon, watching a procession of animals come to drink from the pool.
The reserve is large, but the guides know their way around and are in constant communication, so the odds of spotting some good game are high. We even stumbled on some lions on our drive from the airstrip to the lodge (we didn't mind being late for lunch!!) and had amazing sightings of cheetah, elephant, rhino, etc.
If you are going to do another safari while in South Africa, three nights at Vlei might be enough. But we loved all four and recommend it highly
- 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