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      Phinda Vlei Lodge

      Game Viewing on the Edge of the Vlei in South Africa

      Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 23,000 hectares (56,800 acres) of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, including that of cheetahs, Phinda features Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), endangered black rhinos, and 415 bird species. Phinda is described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, with its seven distinct habitats - a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, river courses, marshes and pans. Phinda is a wilderness sanctuary where intimate encounters and rare discoveries can be experienced firsthand. With unspoiled beaches and spectacular reefs nearby, and an abundance of wildlife, Phinda offers the perfect bush and beach adventure. Fringing the Reserve’s unique vlei (wetland) system along the edge of the rare sand forest, the sophisticated Vlei Lodge at Phinda is intimately integrated into the surrounding African bush. Gracious and elegant, this charming lodge in comprised of six thatched suites decorated in a subtle blend of North and West African styles, with hints of Balinese influences. Each suite, complete with luxurious en-suite bathroom, dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck, overlooks the grassy vlei where guests can observe herds of grazing antelope, zebra and a dazzling variety of birdlife. The atmosphere is exclusive and personal, with a mixture of understated sophistication and sheer luxury. Relax in private plunge pools and watch the drama of the African wilderness unfold, or unwind in the comfortable sitting area in front of a warm and inviting open fireplace. Savor delicious and innovative Pan-African meals, served on the expansive game viewing decks or in a beautiful and remote bush setting, creating lifelong memories. Explore the pristine sanctuary of Phinda with a fascinating game drive, offered twice daily and accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker team eager to expand your knowledge of the wilderness and share in your wildlife encounter experiences. Explore on foot and get even closer to Phinda’s incredible diversity with an interpretive bush walk experience, or glide along the Mzinene River and experience the wild along tranquil, cool waters as you take in the vast wilderness around you. Enjoy scuba diving adventures, a luxury walking safari, a black rhino tracking experience, horse riding trails in the bush, specialist birding or even take part in a leopard research specialist safari at an additional cost.

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      Availability & Pricing

      The availability calendar for this property is not yet connected. Please call one of our safari specialists at 800-995-8689 to request current availability.

      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $843 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, South Africa
      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • # of Beds: 12 beds
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Pool, Wi-Fi
      • Type: Lodge
      • Included: Accommodation, three meals daily, safari activities: game drives, a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for use on game drives, night drives, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), Mzinene River boat cruise, canoeing on the Mzinene River, outdoor dining, sundowners, soft drinks, house wines, house brand spirits and beers, tea and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip, medical evacuation insurance
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        Additional Cost:
        Curio shop items, champagne, cognac, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, scenic helicopter tours, spa treatments, Maputaland Beach Adventure, Indian Ocean scuba safari, Black Rhino tracking on foot, turtle nesting adventure (November - February), swimming with Whale Sharks, Zulu Village tour

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        Glide along the water in your silent, people-powered craft, getting a little closer to the animals before they hear you coming.

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        Curios/Fine Art Shopping

        Bring a Little of Africa Home

        Bring home a piece of Africa, whether it's a small momento or an incredible piece of art that captures how you feel in this incredible environment.

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        There is a different world waiting for you below the surface, and safaris there can be much more colorful.

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        Educational Excursion

        Learn fascinating facts and understand the bigger picture. Knowledge can make safari viewing even more enthralling.

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        Game Drive

        Head out into the wilderness to see the incredible daily drama of predator/prey and the ancient circle of life.

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        Game Viewing by Boat

        Ride along the rivers edge to see which animals stop by for a drink.

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        Outdoor Dining

        A lunch or dinner out in nature is one of the hallmarks of a luxury African experience. Your connection to the landscape is undisturbed and the food tastes even more special in this most wonderful of settings.

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        Photo Specialty

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        Scenic Helicopter Flight

        Buzz above the scenic landscape and get a bird's-eye view of wildlife. A scenic helicopter flight is a unparalleled way to experience Africa.

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        Spa Service

        Treat yourself to a spa service. It's a great way to feel civilized in between wild experiences.

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        Walking Safari

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