&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is an intimate private safari destination overlooking a 23,000 hectare private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Sitting on the edge of the sand forest, its location offers ever-changing views of the incredible wildlife, from the comfort of your bed, your shower, or your private game-viewing deck.

Elegant and gracious spaces have been designed for quiet contemplation in the wilderness. Six thatched suites look out onto a parade of animals, each suite boasting not only a private sitting area and ensuite bath, but also a dressing room and game-viewing deck where guests can share a private plunge pool with a thirsty elephant.

Dining takes places on expansive viewing decks open to the night sky. Of course private in-suite dining can also be arranged, so you can spend your evenings in total privacy, gazing at the rugged landscape or sipping a glass of wine in front of the roaring fire.

Every activity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, from tracking black rhinos on foot and marvelling at turtles nesting by the sea, to swimming with whale sharks or visiting a Zulu village. Even the most well-heeled travellers will be amazed by the sights, sounds, and sensations on offer at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate KwaZulu Natal into a greater South Africa and African holiday. Take a look at Ultimate Southern Africa as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge Information

Location & Getting There:

&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge sits on Phinda Private Game Reserve, encompassing 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The property is a 8-hour drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or a 3.5-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport in Durban.


Elegant and serene, the gracious spaces of &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge are designed for quiet contemplation of the African bush. Six suites boast private game-viewing decks that open onto dazzling views of the clearing beyond. Be prepared to make fast friends with a thirsty elephant or a curious impala when cooling off in your private plunge pool. In addition, each suite boasts an ensuite bathroom, a dressing room, and a fireplace, perfect for romantic nights.

With each suite carefully positioned for a prime view onto the bush, the parade of animals never stops, whether on the deck, in the shower, or even in bed. Indeed, the expert design of the property virtually guarantees that you will see more animals than people during your stay. And all from the luxurious surroundings of a private safari lodge, outfitted with exquisite furnishings, natural materials, and modern comforts designed to make you feel at home.


Outdoor private plunge pools


As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day, and your morning game drive where you may spot cheetahs, lions, and leopards, oh my. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before setting out for more adventure. Perhaps rhino tracking, turtle nesting, or a scuba safari under the sea.

In between more delicious meals, on the social dining deck or served in-suite, the landscape is yours to explore with safari options, trips to the Maputaland beach, or afternoons in an authentic Zulu village, getting a glimpse into tribal culture and the rituals of daily life.


Children are welcome at &Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge. Game drives are available to children 12 years and older. Younger children will enjoy the special WILDChild Programme, designed especially for kids.

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