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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.

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When 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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