Fodor's Expert Review Vlei Lodge

Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Fodor's Choice

Your suite at this comfortable lodge, tucked into the shade of a sand forest, is so private it's hard to believe there are other guests. Made of thatch, teak, and glass, they have a distinct Asian feel and overlook a marshland on the edge of an inviting woodland. The bedrooms and bathrooms are huge, and each has a private plunge pool (one visitor found a lion drinking from his) and outdoor deck. The lounge-living area of the lodge has a dining area, and a large terrace under a canopy of trees, where breakfast is served. The bush braai, with its splendid food and fairy-tale setting, is a memorable occasion after an evening game drive.

PROS

  • superb views over the floodplains
  • intimate
  • Wi-Fi en suite

CONS

  • lots of mosquitoes and other flying insects
  • no children under 12
  • expensive

QUICK FACTS

Resort
RomanticViews
Intimate
Remote
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 011-809–4300

HOTEL DETAILS

6 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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