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South Africa / andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

The joy of Vlei Lodge is that you can admire ever changing game viewing from the comfort of your bed, shower or private pool. Intimate and inviting, luxurious suites overlook the vlei at the edge of open meadowland, which is complete with its own watering hole.

There are just six suites, each on stilts with an expansive double bedroom and en-suite bathroom boasting a free standing bath tub. Outside, the private plunge pool promises be in high demand after a morning or afternoon spent on the safari trail.

Inspired by the past of its KwaZulu-Natal landscape, decor takes direction from the lavish homes of the pineapple and sugarcane plantation barons that historically inhabited the area, with quirky suites exuding a sense of both homeliness and nostalgia.  

Herds of zebra and families of warthog frequent the vlei, monkeys abound and the birdlife has to be seen to be believed – a veritable parade of wildlife headed up, of course, by the Big 5.

Enjoy a smooth Tapanga rum on the veranda before your game drive, try your hand at canoeing, or take a boat cruise on the Mzinene River (seasonal) before returning to the lodge to enjoy innovative Pan-African cuisine that will sate the heartiest of appetites.

from £580 pppn

Price is per person per night, based on 2 sharing on a fully inclusive basis with game viewing activities.

Children of all ages are welcome.

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Our pricing aims to give an indication of the price range from low to high season. Low season for South Africa is generally between the months of May to September, high season runs from mid December to Easter. Supplements may apply to peak periods such as Christmas and Easter. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and itinerary prices include return economy flights from London. Regional departures and single supplements are available on request. Accommodation only prices do not include flights. Where prices for our hotels, lodges and camps are shown as fully inclusive this generally includes all food and drinks but in most cases will exclude certain premium branded spirits, premium wines and Champagne. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

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When is the best time to visit South Africa?

A year round destination, but expect cooler weather in the Eastern and Western Capes during winter, between June and August. Mpumalanga stays warm year round with temperatures, humidity and rainfall all increasing in the summer months between October and March. The whales return to the waters around Hermanus from July to November, and the spring months of August and September are particularly colourful along the Garden Route. The prime time for game viewing is generally the drier winter and spring months from April to September when animals frequent the waterholes. During the wetter summer months between October and March, animals can still be viewed but are more widely dispersed – from December to February there may be more sightings of newborn animals.

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