We stayed at Phinda Vlei Lodge in July 2014 as part of our third trip to South Africa. Like other reviewers, we agree that the entire staff was wonderful, friendly and would do anything to please. The food went on forever, accompanied by some very impressive South African wines. We ate lunch on our terrace daily, watching the animals (Nyala, monkeys and baboons) drinking from our pool but the highlight was the time the elephant briefly visited us. We also spent one of the nights on a game drive tracking a leopard and when we returned to the Lodge, the housemaid told us she had been trapped in our room because of the leopard drinking out of our pool.
Our room was lovely, spacious and comfortable with great views and all the usual &Beyond touches, a sentiment that was also shared by the other guests in our group.
Our ranger, Martin and tracker Abel were both highly skilled and passionate about their work. They know so much about the bush and were eager to share their stories and experience with us. They made sure that we saw the Big 5 as well as many other birds and animals of interest. The camaraderie between all rangers and trackers on the reserve was a delight to see. There was lots of humorous banter going on between them all.
Our whole experience was enhanced by the help and professionalism of all the staff from Alison our &Beyond consultant to Luke and his whole team on the ground. They were always trying to help and do whatever they could to make our stay more memorable. Even with a complete power failure on our last morning they managed to get a BBQ breakfast prepared and everything processed with good humour.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Phinda Vlei Hotel Phinda Private Game Reserve