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Phinda Zuka Lodge

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Exclusive & Family Luxury

From US$500

Lodge Description

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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



Lodge Details

Property Type

Semi-Permanent Tented Camp






Max. clients in vehicle


Private Airstrip or Road Transfers


Activities Included

Day & Night Game Drives, Walking Safaris.

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