Consistently getting rave reviews, Phinda Zuka Lodge is the perfect safari venue for groups and family get-togethers to celebrate special occasions. Zuka can accommodate up to eight guests in exclusive luxury, with your own butler, chef and staff, your own dedicated open safari vehicle, driver and personal guide who’ll happily show you some of the best game viewings in southern Africa.

  • Overlooks an active, popular waterhole where game congregate day and night
  • Intended for exclusive use groups of up to 8 people
  • Your own staff, chef, butler and dedicated safari team with an open 4WD vehicle
  • Go-as-you-please itinerary with flexible game drives at your own pace and style
  • Excellent chance to see cheetah and other big cats
  • Home to the Big 5 and a surprising variety of wildlife, courtesy of 7 distinct habitats
  • Easy drive to warm Indian Ocean beaches with excellent scuba and snorkelling

Phinda Zuka Lodge overlooks a well-attended waterhole. Comprising the main lodge and four bush cottages, Zuka is an exclusive-use safari venue with your own team of staff, ideal for small group and family get-togethers.

Exclusive Small Group Safari Experience

The four en-suite cottages are generously spaced apart to ensure your privacy. Each overlooks the busy waterhole and has its own private veranda.

At Zuka, you’ll have your own safari guide and dedicated vehicle, and you decide the pace and length of your game drives where you’re every likelihood of excellent sightings on each outing.

Other nearby activities which can be included are guided walks, rhino tracking, birding walks, canoeing, boating and fishing trips, ocean-going fishing, visits to local cultural villages, beach outings with excellent snorkelling and scuba opportunities. Some activities may be at an additional cost.

Responsible Tourism

The &Beyond Group is pro-active in its conservation and community upliftment programmes. The lodges in Phinda have a small ecological footprint. The basic values of: “Care of the land. Care of the wildlife. Care of the people,” are interwoven into their daily operations. There are large-scale conservation projects involving leopard, endangered rhino and ranger training; a major focus on education with the building of schools and classrooms, training, providing bursaries and adult education; creating employment with sustainable vegetable gardens and sewing co-operatives; providing health care clinics; recycling, alternative energy and clean water sources are among their numerous projects. Please speak to any of the staff if you’d like to get involved.

Getting There

By air: Phinda has a good quality tar airstrip and flying in is an easy option (there are virtually daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Richards Bay). A light aircraft service operates between Richards Bay and Phinda.

By road: From Johannesburg - approx. 6½ hours; from Durban – 3 hours and from Richards Bay – 2 hours. Road transfers are available.

Our Take on Phinda Zuka Lodge

An exceptional, intimate safari lodge, perfect for group getaways in absolute peace and tranquillity. It’s very well located, overlooking an active waterhole/wetlands area so you can literally do your game watching from the privacy of your own bedroom or bathroom. And, of course, all the famous &Beyond hospitality, intuitive staff and expert guides are at your service.

  • Accommodation and all meals, teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Safari activities
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Laundry
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, beers and cigars
  • Telephone calls
  • Adventures at Phinda
  • Government bed levy, conservancy and/or park fees
  • Landing fees
  • Safari shop purchases
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
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