Phinda Zuka Lodge

Game Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal


Set amid dense woodland beside a busy waterhole where animals congregate, Zuka Lodge offers an intimate, deeply private safari option.  If hired exclusively (the sole option from 2017 onwards), it essentially works as a personal holiday home, one with its own staff, pool, facilities and four ginormous cottages.  All around is the rest of Phinda Private Game Reserve, whose seven distinct ecosystems deliver memorable, Big Five-boasting safaris, and whose privileged position enables beach jaunts.


Spaced around a central homestead, each of the four air-conditioned cottages come with big, big bathrooms, freestanding stone tubs, a sitting room and fireplace and an outdoor game-viewing deck overlooking that ever-active waterhole.  Colourful displays of traditional Zulu hats adorn every bedroom.


The main homestead contains comfortable library with Internet access, a cafe-style kitchen and a gorgeous pool and deck which becomes especially popular during balmy afternoons.  Dinner is served inside, within the lovely garden or out amid the plains.  Exclusive hirers benefit from a personal chef, and can choose their own menus.


Exclusively booked Zuka Lodge?  Then you’ll have a dedicated ranger and tracker at your disposal, plus a 4x4 vehicle, and can choose how to structure days.  Otherwise, for those reserving individual rooms in 2016, there’s a relaxed daily programme.  Dawn game safaris are likely to deliver Big Five sightings, plus many a cheetah.  Evening safaris and their sundowners are also complimentary, along with birdwatching, educative ranger walks, canoeing and river cruises, while other activities – thrilling flights to Maputaland beaches, night-time turtle drives (November to January), deep sea fishing – cost extra.

Child Policy

Game drives are available to children aged 12 and over; those aged 6-12 are permitted on drives only at the manager’s discretion.  During exclusive hire, drives can be tailored for kids.  Childminding can be arranged (additional cost).

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