Phinda Vlei

Artfully sandwiched between forest and grassland in a unique wetland you’ll find the intimate Phinda Vlei (that’s ‘vlei’ as in ‘flay’). Just six plantation-shuttered suites, with their thatched roofs and quirky wallpaper, take you back in time to the sprawling turn of the century homesteads of KZN’s well-heeled sugarcane and pineapple barons. If you’re looking for unusual safari experiences, this is it. Harness your inner wildlife vet and lend a hand in the reserve’s many research and conservation programmes. How many people get to say they ear-notched a rhino or gave a pregnant elephant an ultrasound? Exactly. 


*That’s short for KwaZulu-Natal. Best pronounced with a “zed” not a “zee”.

Stuff we love

The best of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Flying over bumps on a white-knuckle 4×4 ride as you race to towards a darted black rhino.
  • Holding your breath as a herd of elephants drinks from your plunge pool mere feet away!
  • The never-ending supply of homemade goodies and wonderfully belt-busting feasts. (With a chef called Happiness, is it any wonder?)

Phinda Vlei in pictures

Lodge activities

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Bush Walk
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Camp pool
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Game Drive
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Night Drive
Night Drive
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