WILD

RESTORED

PROTECTED

PRESERVED

Zuka Private Game Reserve is the cornerstone property of a pioneering land assembly that was founded in 2001. Today, 20 years later, this progressive rewilding project has thus far expanded to 10,300 hectares of environmentally restored and protected northern Zululand and stands as a beacon of light as to what is possible on our planet.

 “Caring for wilderness, wildlife and people is multifaceted. There are many models. This is ours.”

~ TARA GETTY ~

 “Caring for wilderness, wildlife and people is multifaceted. There are many models. This is ours.”

~ TARA GETTY ~

Where we are

Zuka Private Game Reserve is 10,300 hectares of the Munywana Conservancy, a formal Protected Area bordering a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Zuka Private Game Reserve’s proximity to the Indian Ocean, and the Lebombo Mountains creates dramatic topography with varied geology and soils from the ancient sea bed and historic volcanic activity; in turn supporting an array of habitats and vast biodiversity.

Map of the countries of Africa and where Zuka Private Game Reserve lies
WATCHING

Active during the day on @zukaprivategamereserve cheetah have keen eyesight enhanced by those distinctive black tear marks that run dramatically down  from the inner corner of their eyes. This clever design helps reflect some of the daytime glare – handy for a daytime hunter.

#Cheetah
#Bigcat
#GoldenEye
#FacialMarkings
#Predator
#Speed
#GrassyPlains
#ThisIsAfrica
#Safari
#NaturePhotographer
#WildlifePhotography 

📸 Mike Kirkinis

WATCHING

Active during the day on @zukaprivategamereserve cheetah have keen eyesight enhanced by those distinctive black tear marks that run dramatically down from the inner corner of their eyes. This clever design helps reflect some of the daytime glare – handy for a daytime hunter.

#Cheetah
#Bigcat
#GoldenEye
#FacialMarkings
#Predator
#Speed
#GrassyPlains
#ThisIsAfrica
#Safari
#NaturePhotographer
#WildlifePhotography

📸 Mike Kirkinis
...

GRASS

Crucial to @zukaprivategamereserve in diversity and abundance, are the species of grass here. 

Informing us on how healthy the reserve is, guiding our restoration and habitat management plan or simply being responsible for our biodiversity, are just a few reasons why the Getty Asterism team of ecologists are passionate about grasses!

#Biodiversity
#Grasslands
#GoldenHour
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#HealthyHabitat
#GettyAsterism
#Scientists
#ExcitedAboutEcology
#NorthernNatal
#SouthAfrica

@faunafloraint

📸 @paula_louw

GRASS

Crucial to @zukaprivategamereserve in diversity and abundance, are the species of grass here.

Informing us on how healthy the reserve is, guiding our restoration and habitat management plan or simply being responsible for our biodiversity, are just a few reasons why the Getty Asterism team of ecologists are passionate about grasses!

#Biodiversity
#Grasslands
#GoldenHour
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#HealthyHabitat
#GettyAsterism
#Scientists
#ExcitedAboutEcology
#NorthernNatal
#SouthAfrica

@faunafloraint

📸 @paula_louw
...

LEOPARD SPOTS

We’re enjoying so many beautiful leopard sightings here at @zukaprivategamereserve.

Their eyes, markings, behaviour and energy is mesmerising; their relaxed presence reflects the restored and protected status of the land.

#LeopardMarkings
#Pantherapardus
#SafariSightings
#BigCats
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

@pantheracats
@faunafloraint
@earthshotprize
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @antonlouw74

LEOPARD SPOTS

We’re enjoying so many beautiful leopard sightings here at @zukaprivategamereserve.

Their eyes, markings, behaviour and energy is mesmerising; their relaxed presence reflects the restored and protected status of the land.

#LeopardMarkings
#Pantherapardus
#SafariSightings
#BigCats
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

@pantheracats
@faunafloraint
@earthshotprize
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @antonlouw74
...

ROAD TRIP

Driving to @zukaprivategamereserve go carefully, you never know what you might encounter!

#Elephants
#Wild 
#CoolRoadTrip
#AfricanAdventure
#SafariStories
#RoadSigns
#OffTheBeatenTrack
#KwaZuluNatal
#Worldheritagesites
#ThisIsAfrica

@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@andbeyondphinda
@isimangaliso 

📸 @dylan_pons_photography

ROAD TRIP

Driving to @zukaprivategamereserve go carefully, you never know what you might encounter!

#Elephants
#Wild
#CoolRoadTrip
#AfricanAdventure
#SafariStories
#RoadSigns
#OffTheBeatenTrack
#KwaZuluNatal
#Worldheritagesites
#ThisIsAfrica

@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@andbeyondphinda
@isimangaliso

📸 @dylan_pons_photography
...

JOYFUL!

Empowering Communities 

Enabling Conservation

The methodology of @africa_found is collaborative, with an emphasis on responding to local needs and aspirations!

#Listening
#Supporting
#Empowering
#Socialinfrastructure
#SustainableLivelihoods
#EnterpriseDevelopment
#YouthEmpowerment
#Conservation
#Research
#ZukaPrivateGameReserve
@tgetty
@jessica.s.d.getty

📸 @antonlouw74

JOYFUL!

Empowering Communities

Enabling Conservation

The methodology of @africa_found is collaborative, with an emphasis on responding to local needs and aspirations!

#Listening
#Supporting
#Empowering
#Socialinfrastructure
#SustainableLivelihoods
#EnterpriseDevelopment
#YouthEmpowerment
#Conservation
#Research
#ZukaPrivateGameReserve
@tgetty
@jessica.s.d.getty

📸 @antonlouw74
...

TINY ANTELOPE 

The Suni, tiny, rare and shy, is an inhabitant of sundappled thick undergrowth here on @zukaprivategamereserve

#Suni
#TinyAntelope
#KwaZuluNatal
#ForestAntelope
#ShyAntelope
#UnsusualCreatures
#BestSafari
#Biodiversity
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@faunafloraint

TINY ANTELOPE

The Suni, tiny, rare and shy, is an inhabitant of sundappled thick undergrowth here on @zukaprivategamereserve

#Suni
#TinyAntelope
#KwaZuluNatal
#ForestAntelope
#ShyAntelope
#UnsusualCreatures
#BestSafari
#Biodiversity
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@faunafloraint
...

ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

If the wildlife vet is carrying out some work on @zukaprivategamereserve there’s an opportunity to collect some data and we seize it.

This young elephant is darted and sedated while the team carries out multiple tasks in one swift, calm operation; it’s wonderful to be up close to this creature.

#Elephant
#Pachyderm
#UpClose
#ProfessionalWildlifeVet
#ResearchersInTheWild
#TheBestDayJob
#ElephantConservation
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@simonjamesnaylor
@miketoft

📸 @jessica.s.d.getty

ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

If the wildlife vet is carrying out some work on @zukaprivategamereserve there’s an opportunity to collect some data and we seize it.

This young elephant is darted and sedated while the team carries out multiple tasks in one swift, calm operation; it’s wonderful to be up close to this creature.

#Elephant
#Pachyderm
#UpClose
#ProfessionalWildlifeVet
#ResearchersInTheWild
#TheBestDayJob
#ElephantConservation
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane
@simonjamesnaylor
@miketoft

📸 @jessica.s.d.getty
...

SAFARI SCENE

Located between the Indian Ocean and the Lebombo Mountains, the open grassy plains and rolling hills of @zukaprivategamereserve offers a dreamy sunset.

#Safari 
#AfricanSunset
#Zebra
#Wildebeest
#Acacia
#OpenSavannah
#NorthernZululand
#IndianOcean
#LebomboMountains
#GoldenHourInAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @dylan_pons_photography

SAFARI SCENE

Located between the Indian Ocean and the Lebombo Mountains, the open grassy plains and rolling hills of @zukaprivategamereserve offers a dreamy sunset.

#Safari
#AfricanSunset
#Zebra
#Wildebeest
#Acacia
#OpenSavannah
#NorthernZululand
#IndianOcean
#LebomboMountains
#GoldenHourInAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @dylan_pons_photography
...

BLACK RHINO 

The resolute black rhino, not easily seen as it browses on trees and shrubs, gives little warning of its presence!

It’s always a thrill to see these critically endangered animals in their natural habitat here @zukprivategamereserve although viewing from a vehicle is certainly a little more relaxing than on foot!

#BlackRhino #Dicerosbicornis #CriticallyEndangeredSpecies #RhinoConservation #Browser #Herbivore #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild

@faunafloraint 

📸 @antonlouw74

BLACK RHINO

The resolute black rhino, not easily seen as it browses on trees and shrubs, gives little warning of its presence!

It’s always a thrill to see these critically endangered animals in their natural habitat here @zukprivategamereserve although viewing from a vehicle is certainly a little more relaxing than on foot!

#BlackRhino #Dicerosbicornis #CriticallyEndangeredSpecies #RhinoConservation #Browser #Herbivore #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild

@faunafloraint

📸 @antonlouw74
...

SAFARI STYLE 

We have loved collecting books and building our African library here at Zuka House, where the safari rhythm slows you down and opens up some time for reading…

@boyd_varty
@charlesorchard
@paula_louw
@ralphlaurenhome
@cecileandboyds
@zukaprivategamereserve

#Safaristyle #Library #BushInteriors #Collections #SafariHouse #NaturalDecor #LampLight #ReadingOnHoliday #SlowDown

📸 @june_joubert_photographer

SAFARI STYLE

We have loved collecting books and building our African library here at Zuka House, where the safari rhythm slows you down and opens up some time for reading…

@boyd_varty
@charlesorchard
@paula_louw
@ralphlaurenhome
@cecileandboyds
@zukaprivategamereserve

#Safaristyle #Library #BushInteriors #Collections #SafariHouse #NaturalDecor #LampLight #ReadingOnHoliday #SlowDown

📸 @june_joubert_photographer
...

PLAY MORE 

@zukaprivategamereserve teaches us really simple lessons!

#LionPride #LionCubsPlay #PlayMore #Safari #AfricanBush #NaturalWorld #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild

@zukaprivategamereserve
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 Lawrence Weitz

PLAY MORE

@zukaprivategamereserve teaches us really simple lessons!

#LionPride #LionCubsPlay #PlayMore #Safari #AfricanBush #NaturalWorld #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild

@zukaprivategamereserve
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 Lawrence Weitz
...

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

A fresh start and a time of inspiration, affirmations and possibilities could mean learning something new? At Zuka House we have a beautiful piano - it’s never too late to learn…

@steinwayandsons
@voyseywallpaper
@jeanclerte
@cecileandboyds

#NewYear #FreshStart #LearnSomethingNew #Hobbies #SteinwayPiano #Artwork #Photography #SafariStyle #SafariInteriors #BushHouse #LionessAndPalm #Wallpaper #WallArt #Zululand
@zukaprivategamereserve

📸 @june_joubert_photographer

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

A fresh start and a time of inspiration, affirmations and possibilities could mean learning something new? At Zuka House we have a beautiful piano - it’s never too late to learn…

@steinwayandsons
@voyseywallpaper
@jeanclerte
@cecileandboyds

#NewYear #FreshStart #LearnSomethingNew #Hobbies #SteinwayPiano #Artwork #Photography #SafariStyle #SafariInteriors #BushHouse #LionessAndPalm #Wallpaper #WallArt #Zululand
@zukaprivategamereserve

📸 @june_joubert_photographer
...

MORNING SUN

Watchful cheetah on @zukaprivategamereserve as the morning sun bathes the grass.

#ANewDay #Cheetah #Focussed #UpClose #Safari #SavannahLife #Sunlight #BigCatPhotography #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild #SouthAfrica
@faunafloraint
@pantheracats
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @dylan_pons_photography

MORNING SUN

Watchful cheetah on @zukaprivategamereserve as the morning sun bathes the grass.

#ANewDay #Cheetah #Focussed #UpClose #Safari #SavannahLife #Sunlight #BigCatPhotography #Restored #Protected #Preserved #Wild #SouthAfrica
@faunafloraint
@pantheracats
@bayalaprivatesafarilodge
@sungulwane

📸 @dylan_pons_photography
...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Zuka means sun, dawn and sunrise in different languages and as the sun rises on this first day of a brand new year,  @zukaprivategamereserve invokes the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: 

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year”

#Happy2023
#ANewYear
#ANewDay
#DawnBreaking
#SouthAfricanSunrise
#BushLife
#SafariMorning
#LionsRoaring
#RalphWaldoEmerson
#WriteItOnYourHeart
#EveryDayTheBestDay
#ThisIsAfrica

🎬@jessica.s.d.getty
🎥@dylan_pons_photography
🎼@_paintmusic_

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Zuka means sun, dawn and sunrise in different languages and as the sun rises on this first day of a brand new year, @zukaprivategamereserve invokes the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year”

#Happy2023
#ANewYear
#ANewDay
#DawnBreaking
#SouthAfricanSunrise
#BushLife
#SafariMorning
#LionsRoaring
#RalphWaldoEmerson
#WriteItOnYourHeart
#EveryDayTheBestDay
#ThisIsAfrica

🎬@jessica.s.d.getty
🎥@dylan_pons_photography
🎼@_paintmusic_
...

CLOSING 2022

A long distance view over @zukaprivategamereserve as we peacefully share one of the last sunsets of 2022 with a coalition of cheetah.

#Gratitude #Stillness
#Peace #Sunset
#AfricanLandscape
#CaptureTheMoment
#CloseOfTheYear
#BigSky #BigDreams
#healthandwellness 

@zukaprivategamereserve @bayalaprivatesafarilodge @sungulwane @landrover 

📸 @dylan_pons_photography

CLOSING 2022

A long distance view over @zukaprivategamereserve as we peacefully share one of the last sunsets of 2022 with a coalition of cheetah.

#Gratitude #Stillness
#Peace #Sunset
#AfricanLandscape
#CaptureTheMoment
#CloseOfTheYear
#BigSky #BigDreams
#healthandwellness

@zukaprivategamereserve @bayalaprivatesafarilodge @sungulwane @landrover

📸 @dylan_pons_photography
...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

With love from @zukaprivategamereserve
🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄

#ChristmasInTheBush #ZukaHouse #merrychristmas

📸 @jessica.s.d.getty

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

With love from @zukaprivategamereserve
🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄💫🎄

#ChristmasInTheBush #ZukaHouse #merrychristmas

📸 @jessica.s.d.getty
...

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“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future.”

~ DAVID WHYTE ~

“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future.”

~ DAVID WHYTE ~