Phinda Zuka Lodge

4.9 /5
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Overlooking a busy waterhole, the small and exclusive Phinda Zuka Lodge delivers an intimate, flexible safari experience in KwaZulu Natal's fantastic Phinda Resource Reserve. Your group will be given a dedicated vehicle and private ranger who will help you to tailor-make your safari experience to your requirements.

You decide the time to go on twice-daily game drives, head off on guided bush walks or enjoy motor boat safaris down the Mzinene River. Add variety to your safari experience with an optional trip to the nearby Indian Ocean where you can discover the abundant marine life on snorkelling and scuba diving excursions.


  • Set in Phinda Private Game Reserve, famous big five territory
  • Relaxed and comfortable design
  • Sole-use villa - groups of up to eight
  • Private vehicle, guide, chef & butler - making your stay personalised and special
  • Viewing decks overlook busy waterhole
  • Excellent family safari villa


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Beach activities
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Horse riding
  • Private game-drives
  • River cruises
  • Scenic flights
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Photographic safaris



Phinda Zuka Lodge has four thatched Zulu-style bush cottages. The cottages are set 15 metres apart and offer privacy, peace and quiet; each features a private veranda overlooking a waterhole.

The rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation and feature air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms - complete with a circular bath chamber, double shower and twin hand basins - with beautiful views over the wetlands.


The facilities at Phinda Zuka Lodge are excellent. You'll have the use of a personal chef and butler and the main lodge overlooks a busy waterhole - its deep-shaded verandas and comfortable armchairs provide the perfect place for wildlife viewing.

A relaxed café-style kitchen and an intimate library make up the main living areas, a great area to return to after a day outdoors.

Other facilities include a swimming pool, internet connectivity and even a TV for the kids if you want.


Dinner can be an informal affair at Phinda Zuka where you can chat with your personal chef over a meal in the café-style kitchen.

This lodge is also known for its great bush breakfasts, served after a game drive, while another great gourmet experience is to dine out in the bush under the starry African night sky.

General facilities

  • Wi-fi available
  • Swimming Pool
  • Computer facilities
  • Laundry service
  • Library


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2023-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $575
2023-01-11 — 2023-06-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $775
2023-09-01 — 2024-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $775

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Phinda Zuka Lodge

Tom Melaugh

"This was our sixth safari holiday and we have stayed in 8 different lodges and we feel that the time spent with you at Zuka was the most enjoyable and memorable of them all. This is entirely due to the team effort of the whole Zuka family."

John Kopiski

"It was great; homely and we were well looked after. The staff African dance and song evening was a great treat and a very nice touch!"

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