Vlei is probably our favourite lodge on the reserve. The suites are like individual chalets sited in the tree line on the edge of an open area of grassland (the vlei). The suites are sizeable and the furnishings are contemporary and very stylish. The front and sides of the suites are floor-to-ceiling windows that also fold away, so you really feel connected to the bush outside. The whole feel of the lodge is understated, elegant and very peaceful.
Phinda Private Game Reserve, part of the outstanding &Beyond family, was conceived in the early days of KwaZulu-Natal eco-tourism and became a flagship project for &Beyond. 23,000 hectares of pineapple and cattle farms were turned over to conservation and restocked with indigenous game. Today the game is flourishing, including the Big Five, and Phinda is also well known for its cheetah sightings, probably the best place in the province to see these sleek speed merchants. Phinda also covers an impressive seven different habitats, including the very rare sand forest.