As a family we have stayed at all the Phinda Lodges but Zuka Lodge is definitely our favourite. This is mainly due to the exclusive use of the lodge and the privacy that is achieved as a result. This last trip to Zuka by far exceeded all previous stays at Phinda and this was down to the staff, in particular the professionalism of manager. On this particular trip Zuka completely exceeded all expectations from the moment we arrived. Being a fussy bunch we outlined on arrival what we liked (and didn't) and every whim was catered to including boma nights (every night) and a over-the-top New Years Eve dinner. A big mention must go to the Chef and his team for creating the best meals we have had at all &Beyond Lodges. A perfect combination of authentic South African dishes to suit the environment we were in! The lodge is perfect understated luxury set next to a watering hole. The elevated pool is a great place to watch the wildlife while lounging in-between game drives.
I haven't mentioned anything about the game viewing but lets just say 'tick' to all the big 5. Including mating leopards. Incredible! Some of the most breath taking sightings in 3 days. Phinda really does deliver on the game viewing experiences.
The lodge now feels like a home away from home, and because of this we never wanted to leave! Thank you to all the Zuka team for an incredible and memorable stay! Phinda means 'The Return' and we just can't wait to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate safari retreat, andBeyond Phinda Zuka Lodge is situated amongst densely wooded hills studded with aloes. Available as a sole-use private villa, everything guests need is right within reach - a dedicated game ranger and game drive vehicle, an interactive kitchen with a dedicated chef, a butler, a comfortable library with Internet access and TV, a sitting room with a fireplace for evening chats, their own swimming pool and even a private watering hole right in front of the lodge. ... more less