We spent 3 nights at Rock Lodge and 2 nights at Vlei Lodge, and also got to see Forest Lodge... and out of them all, Rock Lodge was my favourite. The rooms managed to combine spaciousness and luxury with a sense of cosiness and feeling close to nature. I loved the outdoor shower, and the bath that overlooked the bush setting where I could watch nyala's graze. I also adored the outdoor plunge pool where we had an elephant come to drink!
The meals were magnificent, especially those we ate outside on the deck. It was pure luxury, you didn't even have the hassle of choice for breakfast and lunch, they just brought a platter to the table piled high with food -- around 8-10 different dishes. Everything we tried was superb and the only shame is that we couldn't fit it all in!
The safari drives were incredible also and, I guess because of the layout of this side of the park, we seldom saw a fence (unlike on the rides from Vlei). The time we stayed the lodge was not full and so on several drives we had the jeep to ourselves. We saw so many animals and the guide and tracker were both very knowledgeable and friendly. They went out of their way to make it special with some lovely surprising touches, which I won't describe here because part of the joy of them was the surprise. Suffice to say, I had high expectations of Phinda and the experience exceeded them. If you have the chance to go to Phinda, go... and spend at least a few nights at Rock Lodge. It's worth every penny.
- 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. ... more less