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Kensington, MD
Reviewed 2 September 2015

How amazing to be dropped into the middle of the bush, surrounded by every kind of animal and bird you've imagined, and yet living in a luxurious "villa," dining on delicious food, and learning about the region and its inhabitants from knowledgeable and charming guides. Other reviewers have described the daily routine and the excellent meals. I will just give...

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Fairview, Texas
Reviewed 12 August 2015

For the second year in a row, we had the opportunity to stay at the Vlei Lodge this past April for three nights/four days. It was wonderful. There are only six chalets and the service is five star including the wonderfully prepared meals. We went out on two game drives each day and one evening we dined with others from...

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1Thank KEITH10
Devon, UK
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I had been looking at the reviews for Vlei Lodge for over two years and I was pretty sure that I was going to love it, but it exceeded even my expectations. Kathryn, the manager at Vlei greeted us as soon as we arrived. We had just driven from Rock Lodge so we were quite early and had to wait...

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1Thank Palmer_7
Miami, Florida
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Phinda is a special place. It is one of the largest private reserves in So Africa, available only to the few guests that are staying there. This means that you could go all day without seeing another vehicle. It also means that if you are dead set on seeing a black rhino that day, you might have to track him...

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1Thank interterra
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The rooms here are big enough to be generous one bedroom apartments. The food is SO GOOD - They didn't nickname the chef Magic for no reason. We saw amazing animals and the staff were impeccable. The attention to detail was amazing, from the hot water bottles waiting in the game drive vehicle every morning to the little surprises like...

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1Thank Rebecca S
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Amazing experience. We selected andBeyond because of their ethics and involvement in conservation efforts. How there is a 1 star rating on TA is just plain incorrect. If you're looking for a hotel experience with a gym and good wifi, this isn't your place. The lodge is set in the middle of a private game reserve off the beaten path....

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3Thank CJM123
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 17 June 2015

We were there in late May this time and the animal viewing was excellent, lots of cats, including leopards which are harder to see. Good elephant sightings, including a large herd we tracked, white and black rhino, hippos, giraffe, zebra and all the other hoofed animals. No wild dogs, also difficult to find. We stayed at both Rock and Vlei...

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3Thank Chicago60604
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 June 2015

We had a lodge directly overlooking the Vlei with a plunge pool that was a favourite watering hole for lots of the animals including a huge bull elephant that was no more than 6 feet from us (slightly scary but awesome sighting). The game drives were fabulous. As Dave are guide said "quality not quantity" but we had no complaints...

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2Thank TonyEnduranceRunner
Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States
Reviewed 14 June 2015

Having stayed at Phinda Rocks last year I was expecting at least the same. NOT even close. Maybe it was the wrong season but the wildlife was scarce. The ranger consistently refused to go to the Vlei where we saw most of the animals but insisted on tracking animals we never found. Tracking is fine if you have days to...

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2Thank William J
Ohio
Reviewed 13 June 2015

This was our first safari experience and I can't say enough about the staff and the accommodations. The room was beautiful. We actually viewed the wildlife drinking from our private plunge pool. The food was amazing, chef Happiness actually gave you a choice of options for each meal, and customized according to our preferences. (My husband felt the food was...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

Address: Kwazulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Phinda Private Game Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 15,040 - ₹ 17,503 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Room 3 is close to the reception, but all seem good.”
jenpen2734, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are private. You may have to share your plunge pool with thirsty elephants though!”
johnsJ119NO, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“rooms 4-6 are best for elephants visiting your pool”
  • At our suite's own deck pool
, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All of the bungalows have great views and are close to the lodge.”
elpee182, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had room 6, where passing elephants often drink from the plunge pool - a magical experience”
pgcraig, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
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