&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge

An exclusive safari retreat overlooking a private, wildlife-rich watering hole

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Highlights

SAFARI GAME DRIVES

Day and night safaris. Big Five and iconic wildlife encounters

BUSH WALK ADVENTURE

Connect with the African bush

IMPACT EXPERIENCES

Assist our conservation team with pangolin, rhino and elephant monitoring

CULTURAL INTERACTION

Gain insight into the noble Zulu tribe

PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

Take advantage of our fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle

Location

Access to our lodge:

Airlink offer daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza

Seven-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

Three and a half-hour drive from Durban on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

Private charters from anywhere in South Africa can be arranged to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s airstrip

Accommodation

LUXURIOUS SUITES

Four air-conditioned suites

SPACIOUS FAMILY SUITES

Can be booked as a sole-use villa

WELCOMING CHILD POLICY

Children of all ages are welcome

WILDCHILD PROGRAMME

Fun, interactive activities to discover new experiences & cultures

CHILDMINDERS AVAILABLE

Caring, qualified staff members available to watch the little ones

Amenities

SWAROVSKI BINOCULARS

Complimentary use for the duration of your stay

WIFI AVAILABLE

Connect with the outside world

WELLNESS TREATMENTS

Gym in a basket and in-room massage

Rates

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2020: JANUARY - DECEMBER
From ZAR 8,565 per person per night

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Welcome to Phinda Zuka

Set amongst the densely wooded Zuka Hills of Phinda Private Game Reserve, studded with aloes and overlooking a small private waterhole, lies Phinda Zuka Lodge, a private sole-use villa, ideal for families and small groups.

Encompassing an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the reserve showcases one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, and is home to Africa’s Big Five, as well as 436 bird species.

Just four individual thatched Zululand bush suites, make up this intimate lodge that can be reserved as a sole-use villa for private gatherings, or on an individual room booking. Phinda Zuka’s overall ambiance is that of cool, coastal bush-style; embodying the sophistication of simplicity. The charming suites cluster around a popular waterhole where a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen and birdlife flourishes. Each suite boasts a luxurious ensuite bathroom, complete with a circular bath chamber, double showers and twin hand basins. Comfortable lounge chairs, on private verandas, allow for gentle contemplation or an afternoon siesta.

Guest areas include an interactive café-style kitchen, indoor sitting and dining areas, an intimate library and a swimming pool with an extended wooden deck overlooking the surrounding wilderness.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as a Specialist Walking and Tracking Safaris, a sleepout under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive, and other participative conservation experiences such rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also on offer within easy access of the reserve are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach adventures, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist Safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.

Why we love it

IMPRESSIVE GAME VIEWING

28 555 ha of private, traversing across seven distinct habitats allows for a great diversity of landscapes and exclusive game viewing. Limited number of vehicles at sightings and sensitive off-roading practices affords close-up sightings of Big Five wildlife.

ICONIC WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Phinda is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, but is best known for its large population of cheetah and black rhino. The sand forest is home to the shy suni and the rare red duiker, two tiny antelope that are seldom encountered elsewhere.

SOLE-USE EXCLUSIVITY

Equipped with your own dedicated ranger, tracker, butler, chef and safari host, not only does Phinda Zuka Lodge offer the ideal home-away-from-home, game drive times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to your preferences to create a fully personalised safari.

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES

A variety of incredible adventures are available, including twice-daily game drives, nature walks, conservation and community experiences, sleep outs, village tours, an infrared Night Eye Experience, specialist safaris, as well as nearby ocean activities.

Going Beyond the Expected

Go ‘Beyond the Expected’ with a safari theatre experience. Led by our experienced guides, enjoy a morning bush cappuccino rendezvous and evening sundowner stop on your game drives, as well as a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars, for your use during your stay with us.

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