Zuka Lodge | Phinda Game Reserve | 1 July 2011

Posted by Juné Joubert on August 4th, 2011

‘n Droom Vakansie! My husband and I, with good friends, had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay at the Zuka Lodge, on the Phinda Private Game Reserve! Ek kan nie iemand laat verstaan hoeveel dit vir ons beteken het nie! (: Happy! I go crazy over nature and wild animals! I’m not just saying so. My heart is pounding just writing these simple words, whilst recalling our experience at Zuka (the best possible place to be close to the wild). I’m astounded with God’s goodness, and Him knowing that this is the one blessing that I (if I had the chance) would’ve asked for.. And without asking … …
well, I hope the photos show a bit of what I feel, and am trying to say.

We were greeted by the friendliest staff possible! And treated like VIP’s (: Werner did not allow me to carry my camera on me for the first 12 hours – as he knew that I’ll be going frantic for the rest of the time we’ll be there (my hubby knowing me well, and looking out for me (: So there’s no photos of our first game drive – which was gorgeous and exciting (but relaxing without a cam).. our first dinner .. and so .. only my love, snuggling away in our beautiful room.. he actually does not know about these..

Above: Andries, the best and friendliest chef ever! There’s not one moment we can remember being hungry – and that’s a lot said, coming out of Werner’s mouth – he is ALWAYSSSS hungry (outside of Phinda that is).

They are Werner’s favourites on the drives.. look at the little one chewing in our faces – mooi “toe-mond-kou”

The Swanepoel-fam! Our beautiful family of friends. It was awesome having them with us! John and Werner did the Cape Epic together this year..

The morning game-drives start real early.. thus Chad being sleepy on the right..
But no matter what the time, Kelvin on the left usually puts on this “money-maker-face” (as he would call it)! (:
Beautiful Rianda, and their oldest, Christopher are in the middel.

According to me – the most beautiful lion – one blue and one brown eye. But it’s because he got hurt in the one. Still .. gorgeous.

The two brothers – sweet.

The boys.

Rianda made sure she got me on film as well. Thanks!

Above: Please see the little “kabouter” to the left.. Chad, you’re walking on air!

Best night ever! We were soooo close to this guy.. giving his “territory call”.. goosebumps .. awe .. feel small .. fearful .. and the next moment he looks cuddly again!
I’ll try put on the video-clip later…

Dinner, laughs and wine outside..

Thanks Andries!!!

Above: Luke… they call him Crazy-Luke .. and later we found out why.. this Game-Ranger MADE our game-drives the best!!! He drives over/under/through anything, to get us the best possible views. Dankie Luke! Dit was mal-lekker!

Lizel is in the back there – our hostess .. felt like we made a new friend! The Zuka-guys are truly so warm, we had a blast!

After a good and long season, I could not have asked for a better rest… and these were only the photos of our first full day there.. (:

*** Tara and Jessica , we can not thank you enough! ***

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11 Responses to “Zuka Lodge | Phinda Game Reserve | 1 July 2011”

  1. Wow June! die foto’s lyk awesome! hoop julle het lekker gerus, jy verdien dit! :)

  2. Did u guys win the lotto? Very nice

  3. Sjoe meisie!! Jou talent slaan altyd my asem weg!!

  4. Ellen le Roux

    Feels good to see of your photos again – absolutely beautiful.

  5. Hi julle outjies. Wow, nee dit lyk lekker hoor! Amazing shots ook June.

  6. Hi June, I am viewing these pictures with all the other boys and girls here at Zuka House, and we cant believe that we actually work in this beautiful place, your photos are amazing, we love it!!!!! thank you sooooooo much. xxxx the team.

  7. Thank you Lizel! Please tell everyone we miss you guys so much! You are the best!

  8. JY.IS.FENOMENAAAAAL!!! WOW WOW WOW… woorde het ek nie, maar dis ongelooflik mooi. ek ruik skoon die bosveld en voel nou lus vir sterrekyk! jy’t ‘n ongelooflike talent vriendin – moet nooit hiermee ophou nie!!!xx

  9. Wow, so amazing, ek wens ek kon nou gaan. :)

  10. Sjoe, wow, dit lyk amazing!!!! June, jou werk is STUNNING!!! WOW!

  11. Lekker Juna! Ek en Somine was self nou by Phinda (dankie Ed!!!) om ons witstebrood af te sluit, en sjoe, dis darem super bederf. Jy vang darem alles daarvan mooi deur ‘n lens vas.

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