Zuka Lodge (Phinda Private Reserve, KwaZulu, Natal) South Africa
&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge is a home away from home. It is
an intimate safari retreat situated amongst densely wooded
hills studded with aloes overlooking a private (and very
popular) waterhole.African hospitality means treating each
guest as though your house were his own. At the sole-use
&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge we have taken this concept a step
further, giving you your own private holiday home in Africa!
With four bush cottages and a team of welcoming staff
completely at your disposal, feel free to create your own
Everything you need is right within reach - your personal
game ranger and game drive vehicle, an interactive kitchen
with a dedicated chef, a butler to see to your daily needs,
a comfortable library with Internet access and TV for the
children, a sitting room with a fireplace for evening chats,
your own swimming pool and even a private watering hole for
your own exclusive wildlife encounters. With no set
timetable or routine, savour the wonders of the bush at your
own pace and leisure.
The sky and savanna of &Beyond Phinda Homestead is
designed to make the most of the luxury of Africa’s wide
open spaces. Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated yet
refreshingly simple, the Homestead provides the ideal venue
to reconnect with friends and family.
The cropped garden lawn ends in a popular watering hole
that entices many a four-legged visitor. When the temptation
of the water gets too much simply take a dip in the
sparkling lodge pool or follow the example of the resident
water monitor lizard and bask immobile in the sun on the
extended pool deck.
Should you want a little privacy, each bush cottage has
its own private sitting area and ensuite bathroom. At the
end of the day, revel in the relaxation of an oversized
bathtub set in a circular stone bath chamber. Round off the
evening with a nightcap in the generous sitting room
overlooking the watering hole, where herds of antelope may
be settling in for the night or an opportunistic owl may be
making a meal of the insects attracted to the light shining
on the water.
The warm, friendly faces and helping hands of a full
complement of staff are ready to welcome guests on arrival.
Inviting rooms designed around retro trinkets, Zulu crafts
and sleek, contemporary touches reinforce the impression
that this private safari villa is designed for comfort and
ease.Generous courtyards, ponds and living areas that open
up to the landscape beyond embrace the surrounding bush,
inviting it into the spacious interiors.
Large sliding windows give a sense of space and light.
Beds are positioned to face the waking bush but there's no
need to jump out of bed early - with a dedicated game ranger
and tracker, as well as a private game drive vehicle, guests
set their own game drive times.
Activities / Wildlife
Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the
large mammals to the smallest antelope. However, it is the
faster of predators that has a special place here. Having
reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over
fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as
one of the best places to view and photograph these rare
cats. With much of Phinda dominated by a mosaic of various
savanna habitats, these speedy carnivores have plenty of
space to carry out their explosive hunting technique, as
well as enough cover to protect and shelter their cubs.
Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the
reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood
of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success
story at Phinda is that of both the white and the more
endangered black rhino. Brought back from the brink of
extinction, both the grass easting white rhino and the shrub
grazing black rhino are doing well at the reserve. While the
white rhino favors water holes and wallows, the black rhino
indulges its inquisitive nature in constant solitary
The elegant nyala antelope is a frequent sight at Phinda,
with the reserve boasting one of the highest densities of
the species. With its dark brown coat, buttery yellow legs,
shaggy mane and impossibly bushy tail, the male nyala is
particularly spectacular, while the female contents itself
with a less flashy chestnut coat. The rare sand forest in
the northern parts of Phinda is the perfect environment for
some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is
found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni,
one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen.
Begin or end your day with a leisurely cruise on the
Mzinene River. A game drive with your ranger will take you
down to the river. Wind your way along the reed-lined banks,
where fever trees, gnarled sycamore figs and acacias provide
nesting places for over 200 species of water birds that
inhabit this riverine system. Photograph these beautiful
birds in the soft light of dawn or dusk before returning to
From $650 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.