On the low, leafy African plains surrounded by hills, stand four exclusive bush cottages of andBeyond Phinda Zuka Lodge. Catering to visitors who wish to experience Africa in an intimate, personalised way, the lodge is situated in Phinda Private Game Reserve and offers a tailor made adventure – providing personal game rangers, personal game drive vehicles and a dedicated chef and butler. Overlooking it’s own private waterhole, the lodge is perfectly positioned for excellent game viewing and enjoying the sounds of African wilderness. Ideal for small groups or people travelling as families, the cosy, luxurious cottages provide a retreat for peaceful relaxation.
Guests are greeted in the morning to the twitter of abundant birdlife and will fall asleep to the sounds of nocturnal game. The area boasts diverse species of birds and the lodge swimming pool is surrounded by sun-loungers, which afford a clear view of the waterhole and it’s regular callers, such as Nyala, warthog and elephant.
Game drives with experienced rangers give visitors an chance to see the Big Five, cheetah, giraffe, rhino and more. Warm and attentive staff are dedicated without being intrusive, and go out of their way to cater to guests every needs. Morning game drives serve legendary hot chocolate and shortbread, and on afternoon game drives, rangers select an idyllic spot to serve sundowners and snacks whilst watching the sunset. Walking safari’s offer a unique way to learn about tracking and get close to nature’s smaller wonders. Riverboat cruises and canoeing reveal Africa’s aquatic and amphibious wildlife.
Each cottage has it’s own private sitting area and at mealtimes, guests can choose to relax, or to get involved with the interactive kitchen, assisting the chef or requesting favorite dishes. Under a canopy of stars, the small Boma offers a traditional way of enjoying Africa after nightfall and guests will be escorted back to their cottages lest they encounter the freely roaming wildlife.
Previous visitors profess the lodge to be “absolutely amazing” and an “incredible place”. The obliging, personalised hospitality means that visitors will be able to enjoy their African experience in their own special tailor-made way.