Phinda Zuka Lodge

Bordered by lush green valleys and densely wooded hills studded with aloes, Phinda Zuka Lodge sits in the Reserve’s western region. With just four thatched Zululand bush cottages, this intimate lodge is ideal for family gatherings and special occasion safaris. As an exclusive-use lodge, a private ranger/host, tracker, butler, chef, and sole-use of an open 4x4 safari vehicle are all included, allowing guests to tailormake their safari adventure.  Characterised by hues of blue and stone, with a strong emphasis on shape and texture, Zuka’s overall ambience is that of cool, coastal bush style - a sophistication of simplicity. The charming cottages are set 15 metres apart, overlooking a busy waterhole where birdlife flourishes and a diversity of wildlife is regularly seen. Each cottage boasts a luxurious en suite bathroom, complete with a circular bath chamber, double shower, and twin hand basins. Siesta-inviting lounge chairs on the private verandas allow for gentle contemplation.  Guest areas include an interactive café style kitchen, indoor seating and dining areas, an intimate library with internet access, and a swimming pool with an extended wooden deck overlooking the surrounding African wilderness.


    Should you want a little privacy, each bush cottage has its own private sitting area and en suite bathroom. At the end of the day, revel in the relaxation of an oversized bathtub perfectly situated in the middle of a circular stone bath chamber. Round off the evening with a nightcap in the generous seating 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 insect life attracted to the light shining on the water.


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                Your personal chef is waiting in the interactive kitchen, so choose your own menu or opt to be surprised. Join in the cooking or just give instructions and watch your favourite recipes take shape! Indulge in lively banter with friends or family at the large dining table, or take in the scenery with an al fresco meal in the garden.

                  Phinda Zuka Lodge Activities

                  Game drives are conducted twice daily in an open air safari vehicle in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, accompanied by an armed ranger and Zulu tracker. Interpretive bush walks are a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the African bush, accompanied by an armed ranger. The Mzinene River canoeing allows you to coast smoothly down the Mzinene River in a sturdy canoe disturbed only by the dipping of your oars and the occasional splash of a water bird. Take in the riverine vegetation and the local bird life, and, if you’re lucky, your quiet approach might earn you a choice wildlife sighting as the animals come down to drink. On a Mzinene River boat cruise you will glide down the river at sunrise or sunset, watching the smaller denizens of the bush perform their morning or evening rituals. Listen to birdsong chiming from the surrounding trees and watch the lazy splashes of hippo or crocodile as they wake from their slumber.

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