Lodges

&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge

Complete privacy, dense bush and a waterhole as busy as Starbucks

&Beyond Phinda Zuka Lodge

Built around a waterhole that attracts hundreds of animals daily, from elephant, cheetah, lion, wobbly-legged giraffe, antelopes (including kudu) and warthog to snakes and many birds, Phinda Zuka is a heavenly lodge. There are just four cottages tucked into the bush and densely wooded hills, so Zuka is the ideal getaway for a honeymoon party or family groups of up to eight. It's an exclusive-use lodge with a dedicated host and ranger, tracker, butler, chef, and private safari vehicle. This upmarket destination is not cheap, but a visit is worth every cent.

At the lodge

The hotel

The communal lodge area, with its simple and sophisticated decor of cool colours and rich textures, is where guests gather for meals and to chat to the chef about their likes and dislikes. Trust his judgement, though – who imagined that peanuts and tomatoes could make such a delicious soup! Meals are served indoors or on the porch facing the watering hole. There's also a lovely sitting area, a small but well-stocked library with internet and TV, a pool and viewing deck.

The rooms

The wildlife roams freely here, so security guards will escort to to your stone-and-thatch suite, one of just four (each is 15 metres from its neighbour), all overlooking the waterhole. The furnishings are super-comfortable, with subtle African artefacts and fabrics. Each cottage has an indulgent stone-walled en-suite bathroom with a deep tub, double shower and twin hand-basins, and views. Private verandas and comfy lounging chairs are perfect for an afternoon siesta and to watch the waterhole, camera to hand.

On safari

Experiences

Set your own schedule here. Go on long or short game drives, track the gorgeous cheetah, shy leopard or solitary and super-strong black rhino (rescued here from the brink of extinction), or take a night drive to see the nocturnal creatures and watch elephant looming ghostlike out of the the darkness. Photograph animals at the waterhole, hike on foot to see the birds, or simply settle back to soak in the choral sounds of nature.

When to go

Phinda by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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