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Phinda Zuka Safari Lodge is an exclusive-use establishment, positioned in a private wooded area of the Phinda Reserve.


  • Four private bush Suites offer en-suite bathrooms with oversized baths and indoor showers
  • Suites have private seating areas that overlook an active waterhole.
  • Private day & night safaris when booking as an exclusive-use lodge

You should know

  • Children of all ages welcome

The details

Phinda Private Game Reserve is a diverse 28 555 hectare park located in KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve is positioned between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline. The landscape is lush with grassy woodlands and sweeping mountain ranges. It is the home of Africa's famous Big Five.

Phinda Zuka Safari Lodge is an exclusive-use establishment, positioned in a private wooded area of the Phinda Reserve. This well-appointed lodge which got its name from the Zulu term for "sixpence" , caters to your every need with the services of a personal game ranger and game drive vehicle, an interactive kitchen with a dedicated chef, a butler to see to your every need, a comfortable library with Internet access and TV, a sitting room with a fireplace, a private swimming pool and private waterhole. With no set timetable or routine, your safari experience is tailored to suit your needs.

Four private bush Suites offer en-suite bathrooms with oversized baths and indoor showers, as well as their own private sitting areas that overlook the waterhole.

Activities offered at the lodge include twice-daily private game drives conducted in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, Zulu village tours, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba and ocean safaris, black rhino tracking on foot and participative conservation experiences.

Phinda Private Game Reserve's unique meeting of riverine and rare sand forest habitats is home to a huge selection of wildlife, including lion, giraffe, white and black rhino, antelope, elephants, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and wildebeest, as well as 415 bird species.

Phinda Zuka Lodge is ideal for families and small groups looking for an exclusive safari experience.

Price includes

  • Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.
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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Stay 4 Pay 3 - Terms & conditions apply
Last minute SPECIAL
Long stay discounted rates: Stay for 6+ nights and save up to 20%: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary.
Honeymoon SPECIAL
One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Minimum 2 night stay
$ 690 USD
$ 690 USD
SPECIAL - Great news, you appear to be from a SADC country and can enjoy the discounted rate shown!
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
We are able to arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.

Packages that include this lodge

9 Day Kruger & KwaZulu Fly-Drive Explorer
3 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
2 nights at Zimbali Resort with breakfast
3 nights at Phinda Zuka Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
Flights: Johannesburg -> Nelspruit -> Durban
Car rental arranged for pick up in the Kruger & KwaZulu Natal
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$ 540 USD
Per person per night
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Zuka Lodge only has a few rooms so we had the entire place to just our friends and family. It was set away from everywhere nestled in a valley and you truly felt a part of the bush. The staff had the perfect blend to give one privacy yet attend to your every need. The rooms were very different and yet had the right touch all around to make one feel at peace. The food was incredible and with everything we asked for was provided. We had cold rainy weather yet the fire crackling in the lounge made the experience cozy and welcoming. Our guides were perfect and we traveled right across the reserve to get a specific viewing. If you want a private, homely experience in the bush with healthy and tasty food then this is exactly right. We had very specific dietary requirements and these were met exactly. It is not as sophisticated as Forest Lodge and is perfect for a group of friends or family. You have your own guide, ranger and vehicle so you can do what you want when you want. We were made to feel genuinely welcome and all the staff were perfect. I can highly recommend the & Beyond experience.
It is never easy travelling with kids and I am always so conscious of them being noisy at mealtimes or disturbing other hotel guests. Especially in the bush which is a place of quiet. So ZUKA LODGE was a fantastic fit for 2 families as has 4 well decorated, luxurious rooms (each with separate entrance) and so you have the place exclusively to yourself. It feels like your own safari lodge (a beautiful one too). The main area, lounge and dining room is well designed with lovely big fireplace (we needed it!) and a separate TV room which allowed those who wanted to catch up on the Tour de France to do so in peace. Our guide, Barry was experienced and worked in sync with our animated tracker Simi. We saw great game - cheetah, lion, elephant etc and Barry also allowed us to enjoy some birding. andbeyond had placed a little backpack with book and colouring in in the kids room and each of them (age 4 - age 8) bought this along on each game drive and lists were made and pictures drawn which kept them very busy (and their parents happy). Time was made for kids to stretch their legs and enjoy a hot chocolate and we were always welcomed back to camp with the most delicious meals. And early kids dinner accommodated. Hats off to the chef!
No surprise, this was the highest end accommodations of our trip and it felt like it. Pricey? Sure. But you are not going to get this kind of experience, and situation, for less. And many places charge much more.Nicely situated and well appointed. Friendly host staff. The chef was quite good, and very agreeable to our dietary preferences, though it took several back and forth discussions to get it right. He was clearly trying and there is no question that both the chef and the baker had world class skills!Because the usual ranger was on their week(s) off, we had two different rangers while there, preferring Richard for this balanced combination of knowledge and friendliness.One day, one of the couples in the lodge wanted to stop at the large lodge (Mountain Lodge) to visit the shop. It was interesting to see this large facility in contrast to our small lodge. Unless one had a larger group or the cost was significantly less or one really needed some of its amenities, it’s hard to see the appeal of the Mountain Lodge. At the Zuka lodge, there are four rooms/huts... and apparently they will be reducing that to three, so that on any given game drive, you'll have at most six people in the vehicle.
We spent 3 nights at Phinda Zuka, for a family celebration. The staff, spearheaded by the fabulous butler, Ndumiso, were amazing and kind and catered to our grandchildren, involving them in a myriad of lodge activities when they weren't out in the bush or on drive. Top class babysitters were laid on for the baby. The game viewing down south is very good, big 5 in one day which was, in huge measure, due to the extraordinary skill of our ranger, Dumi and tracker Simmy. And there is something fantastic about having a lodge for exclusive use. We dined under the stars and in the boma around a crackling fire and had a seven course candlelit formal anniversary dinner . Great fun, outstanding andBeyond hospitality and reaffirmation that any andBeyond lodge will deliver over and above a great experience. If you want to take a group or family for a bush holiday consider Zuka, is a worthy choice. only negative the lunch menu selection leaves a lot to be desired...they could learn from the Forest chefs.
Magical stay at Zuka. Small and very personalised lodge. Totally comfortable surroundings. Really does feel like your home. Mesmerising waterhole. So much going on there. Always a new animal or bird coming to visit. Great food. Game drives, saw lion kill, cheetahs on the hunt and a close encounter with a black rhino! All made come even more alive by our ranger Matt, along with Toby from Rock Lodge.
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Feb 19, 2024
Smooth booking process
Smooth booking process. Looking forward to the trip.
Koen Cardon
Feb 17, 2024
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about…
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about my wife and me. Communication has been good via email, especially with the difference of eight hours of time zones.
Lee Easter
Feb 16, 2024
High quality, excellent service, Lisa is fantastic !
Kim Brink
Feb 7, 2024
Excellent trip planning
Sara did such an outstanding job coordinating our trip! I couldn’t have done it without her!!!
Feb 6, 2024
The communication provides…
The communication provides is second to none. Their response rate is amazing, and they had our entire trip planned in just a few days!
Hannah Westbrook
Feb 4, 2024
Dolan was incredible!
Dolan was incredible!
Michael O
Feb 2, 2024
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Feb 1, 2024
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Good communication and prompt replies to queries.
Jan 31, 2024
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