KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge is an intimate safari retreat situated amongst the densely wooded hills of the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Four thatched Zululand bush cottages overlook a private watering hole, popular with all manner of wildlife, from elephants to impalas, rhinos to lions.
The intimate lodge is ideal for private family gatherings and special occasion safaris when booked as an exclusive-use lodge. Individual bookings are also available, and no matter what the occasion, the full complement of staff will welcome you with warm African hospitality, giving you the sense of being at home.
Your every need and desire has been considered. Take advantage of a personal game ranger and game drive vehicle, an interactive kitchen with a dedicated chef, a butler to see to your daily needs, a comfortable library with Internet access and TV for the children, a sitting room with a fireplace for evening chats, your own swimming pool, and even a private watering hole for your own exclusive wildlife encounters. With no set timetable or routine, savour the wonders of the bush at your own pace and leisure.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate KwaZulu Natal into a greater South Africa and African holiday. Take a look at Ultimate Southern Africa as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge Information
- Location & Getting There:
&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge sits on Phinda Private Game Reserve, encompassing 23,000 hectares of prime wilderness land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The property is a 8-hour drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or a 3.5-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
At &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge four traditional thatched Zululand bush cottages and a thoughtfully curated selection of social spaces sit amongst the densely wooded hills. Awash in calming hues of blue and stone, with a strong emphasis on shape and texture, the lodge is the embodiment of sophistication and simplicity, recalling cool, coastal, bush style.
The charming cottages are centred on a busy watering hole, regularly visited by birds and wildlife. Each cottage boasts a luxurious ensuite bathroom, complete with a circular bath, double showers, and twin hand basins. Comfortable lounge chairs on private verandas encourage afternoon siestas, under the shade. Guest areas include an interactive café-style kitchen, indoor sitting and dining areas, an intimate library with internet access, and a swimming pool with a wooden deck overlooking the surrounding wilderness.
Private open 4x4 safari vehicle
Dedicated ranger/host, tracker, butler & chef
At &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa. Each day begins with a morning game drive where you’ll be on the lookout for the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos) plus an elusive cheetah or two. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before setting out for more adventure. Perhaps rhino tracking, turtle nesting, or a scuba safari under the sea. In between more delicious meals, the landscape is yours to explore with safari options, trips to the Maputaland beach, or afternoons in an authentic Zulu village, getting a glimpse into tribal culture and the rituals of daily life.
If you have booked &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge for sole use, the dedicated team of staff will be at your disposal, including a ranger and tracker, as well as 4x4 safari vehicle, and you can choose to spend the day as you wish instead of following the program set out.
Children are most welcome when family-friendly &Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge is booked for exclusive use. Game drives are available to children 12 years and older. Younger children will enjoy the special WILDChild Programme, designed especially for kids.