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Phinda Zuka Lodge
is located in the Phinda Mkhuze
area of the Natal Northeast
region of Natal
in South Africa
Phinda is a 230 square kilometre private reserve which covers a range of habitats including mountain forests, savanna and vegetated coastal dunes. It contains a full range of wildlife and is considered to be one of the leading private game reserves on the continent.
Phinda Zuka Lodge is set in a gentle valley to the northeast of the reserve. It is essentially a single very high quality house containing comfortable lounge and dining areas, plus an outside dining boma and a decent swimming pool. Guest accommodation is in just four detached and rather stylish guests suites. The lodge can only be rented in its entirety for groups of up to eight guests, so is great for a group in search of privacy and quality.
An unusually broad range of activities includes vehicle safari, walking safari and night vehicle safari inside the reserve, with motorboat safari and canoe safari on the nearby Mzinene River and visits to local Zulu villages. Day trips down to the coast can also be arranged for diving and snorkelling, although these are paid extras.
The main potential downsides at Phinda Zuka Lodge are that the reserve itself is fenced, traversed by a public access road and quite busy with safari vehicles. The fact that guests can self-drive right up to the lodge also detracts from the sense of wilderness. There is the potential for adverse weather conditions Dec/Apr. The lodge itself is relatively pricey and some people may find the immediate setting a little less scenic than they might have hoped.SeasonsPrices