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    Phinda Vlei Lodge

    Phinda’s intimate and luxurious Vlei Lodge offers a tranquil oasis set in the middle of the game reserve. This Big 5 reserve in KwaZulu Natal is known for close-up sightings of cheetah, and rare black rhino, and is home to a spectacular range of wildlife and birds. Estuaries and lakes feature hippo and crocodile populations while nearby beaches are the breeding ground for Leatherback Turtles. Phinda Vlei Lodge offers views of the surrounding landscapes and is thick into wilderness. Game drives are hosted twice daily by remarkable rangers and trackers across the seven ecosystems within the reserve. Specialist Safaris are available for keen birders and photographers, while the proximity to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean allows for excellent scuba safaris and ocean safaris offering breath-taking marine life sightings. With limited vehicle access in the park, overcrowding is prevented and careful off-roading practices by expert rangers allow for thrilling close-up wildlife encounters. Besides Big 5 game drives and bushwalks guests can embark on cultural tours, conservation efforts, sleep-outs under the stars, infrared Night Eye safaris, snorkelling in the ocean, and turtle hatching in season.

    Six luxury suites at Phinda Vlei lodge offer your own private oasis with spacious bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms and showcase a mix of elegant antiques and collectibles. Each suite is position in the wilderness offer complete privacy with decks and private plunge pool. The perfect place to unwind and watch the wildlife pass by right in from of you. Back at the lodge, stylish communal areas are ideal for viewing abundant birdlife and wildlife roaming by and an incredible terrace makes for romantic dinners surrounded by lanterns under the glistening African skies. Phinda Vlei lodge decor is rich in fine art, vintage style cottons and curated antiques, and has been is inspired by the elegant plantation style homesteads from KwaZulu-Natal’s sugarcane and pineapple barons.

    In addition to Phinda Vlei Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to a family of 5-star lodges, Rock Lodge, Forrest Lodge, Phinda Homestead and the family-friendly Mountain Lodge. All of the lodges offer a unique high standard safari experience in ultimate luxury.


    • Game drives
    • Walking and Tracking Safaris
    • Sleepout under the stars
    • Infrared Night Eye drive
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    • Zulu village tours
    • Africa Foundation community visits
    • Night turtle drives (seasonal)
    • Scuba safaris
    • Ocean safaris
    • Specialist Safaris
    • Swimming pool


    • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
    • Game viewing from your suite
    • Close-up wildlife encounters
    • Exclusive accommodation

    Closest airport

    • King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
    • Richards Bay Airport
    • Phinda Airstrip

    Children policy

    Vlei lodge welcomes children over 12 years.


    2 x Game drives per day, guided bushwalks, all meals, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from the lodge airstrip.


    Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, reserve conservations & gate fee, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, mini-bar and transfers.

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable
    • Rates displayed are valid to 10 January 2024

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Suite

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Natural tones and organic materials make for 6 luxurious contemporary suites with incredible views from each private deck and rim-flow pool overlooking vast wild plains. Suites feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, a min-bar, Read morebathtubs and 4 of the 6 units offer an outdoor shower for extraordinary bathing experience. This is romantic bushveld luxury at its best. Less

    Refer to T&C's above

    Price R 20,720 per person, per night

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    By Road

    The reserve is a 3.5-hour drive from Durban, 2-hour drive from Richards Bay, or a 7-hour drive from Johannesburg with all routes along the N2 highway. The entrance to the reserve is 22km from the highway.



    Fly from all major centres in South Africa to Durban’s international airport. Flights on selected airlines are available to Richards Bay. Private charters from any location in South Africa can be arranged to the Phinda airstrip.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
    • Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes
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