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Phinda Vlei Lodge
Six stilted glass and thatch suites in the rare Dry Sand Forest. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, bath, separate shower and separate w.c. All suites have a personal bar on the deck and private plunge pools.
Inviting and stylishly designed sitting and dining areas with fireplaces and expansive viewing decks. Guests are welcome to visit the African crafts shop at Forest Lodge.
Twice daily game-drives in open 4x4 game viewing vehicles, nature walks and excellent birding on Phinda Private Game Reserve. Riverboat cruises and canoeing along the Mzinene River. Optional Phinda Adventures, at an additional cost, include coastal flights, beach excursions including snorkelling and scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, turtle viewing (season Nov/Dec/Jan), horse riding and cultural visits.
Phinda Mountain Lodge lies within the 17 500 hectares/43 250 acres of Phinda Private Game Reserve, in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Phinda neighbours the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site –- to the east and is only 30km/19 miles due west of the white-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean
Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Phinda Airstrip. Daily scheduled flights by SA Express from Johannesburg International Airport to Richards Bay Airport. Transfers from Richards Bay Airport to Phinda are available by road (approximately two hours) or by light aircraft (approximately 30 minutes). Transfers are at an additional cost and subject to availability of aircraft and weather conditions. Transfer by road from Durban International Airport to Phinda in an air-conditioned minibus (three hours) and a one-hour air transfer is also available. Phinda is accessible by road by two-wheel drive vehicle -- driving time from Johannesburg is six hours and from Durban is three hours – on excellent roads from both cities.
Seven distinctly different habitats, Big Five destination with excellent cheetah, white rhino, elephant, nyala and lion viewing, Diverse bird watching with approximately 400 different species, Rare Dry Sand Forest is home to the shy suni and red duiker, Largest privately owned population of nyala in the world, Proximity to the Indian Ocean offers guests a unique opportunity of viewing elephant, turtles, cheetah, whale sharks, rhino and dolphins in one day, Dynamic model in wise land management and wildlife conservation, Affords guests an insight into Zulu culture, crafts, history, tradition and modern day living, Visits to local communities, Bush breakfasts and romantic bush dinners, Intimate – maximum 12 guests, Private plunge pools, Specialist Safaris: Leopard Research, Birding, Rhino-Darting, and Bush Skills Adventures.