Safari Review | Phinda Getty House and Zuka Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve

See elephant in Phinda Private Game Reserve while on a game drive.
In the western region of CC Africa's Phinda Private Game Reserve are two exclusive-use lodges for the ultimate private safari: Getty House and Zuka Lodge.

By Carrie Hampton

Getty House is an eight-guest private residence overlooking an extinct volcano, now covered in lush green vegetation and ringed by gently rolling hills. It incorporates sandstone, thatch, timber and glass. Interiors are elegantly earthy, with airy free-flowing spaces furnished with a mixture of classical and contemporary furniture that feels homely rather than extravagant.Named by Condé Nast Traveler in 2007 as one of the world's 130 top new hotels, Getty House attracts an exclusive clientele and is ideal for those who seek total seclusion or who may want a holiday out of the limelight. This is guaranteed, as Getty House comes with its own butler, chef, ranger and tracker, as well as sole use of a private safari vehicle.The intimacy at this lodge lends itself to moments of quiet contemplation and reflection in the library or in deep-seat lounging chairs on the private veranda overlooking a well-used waterhole. Social gatherings happen at the swimming pool and in the café-style kitchen, where anyone can get involved in creating the feast orchestrated by a white-hatted chef.Zuka Lodge also has a dedicated team to look after its guests, who are accommodated in four contemporary thatch-and-stone bush cottages surrounded by densely wooded hills and lush valleys.An important aspect of both Getty House and Zuka Lodge is the ability to tailor-make each day to suit the desires of its guests. Activities to choose from include game drives, bush walks, riverboat cruises, snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing and turtle-watching at night.View Phinda Zuka Lodge

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