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Phinda Zuka Lodge

Intimate Safari Lodge overlooking a private, wildlife-rich watering hole in the & Beyond Phinda Reserve, KZN.
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Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal


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 small intimate lodge with all the right touches.

Encompassing an impressive 28,555 hectares (70,560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Phinda Private Game 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 on an individual room booking basis or as a sole-use villa for private gatherings. 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.

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.

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.
Specialist safaris can be arranged in advance and focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.


    Three meals daily
    Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees and refreshments on game drives
    Safari activities
    One hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
    Emergency medical evacuation insurance

    Special rates require a minimum 2 night stay.


Meaning sixpence in Zulu, Zuka Lodge offers guests a new experience of Phinda’s pristine wilderness. The Lodge’s four intimate cottages are set 15 metres (50 feet) apart, featuring verandas overlooking a busy waterhole where a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen. Sitting areas feature built-in sofas which double as beds for parents travelling with children 5 years and younger. Bedrooms have air-conditioning and fans and are ensuite, with a circular stone bath chamber, double showers, separate w.c and twin hand basins.


With its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is often described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, a magnificent tapestry of woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, interspersed with mountain ranges, rivers, marshes and pans. Home to 1 000 hectares of Africa’s remaining rare dry sand forest, the reserve is situated in close proximity to the unspoiled beaches and spectacular coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, offering an unmatched combination of bush and beach adventures.

Special SADC Rate


per person sharing per night. Book within 21 days of travel. Valid until 18 March 2024.

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night.

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