RESTORED   PROTECTED   PRESERVED   WILD

 

Integrating environmental, animal and marine conservation with rural social development describes Zuka best; caring for wilderness, wildlife and people is multifaceted. There are many models. This is ours.

Zuka Private Game Reserve is the cornerstone property of a pioneering land assembly founded by Tara and Jessica Getty in 2001. Today, 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.

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GLADSTONES

Adventure ~ Family ~ Safari

ZUKA HOUSE

Eclectic ~ Sanctuary ~ Africa

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ZUKA HOUSE

Eclectic ~ Sanctuary ~ Africa

THE COTTAGE

Tranquil ~ Heart ~ Comfort

IMPACT

Our story in bite sized chapters!

THIS IS ZUKA

FARM TO TABLE

Harvesting root vegetables, leafy greens, herbs and salad from our regenerative Khula Farm is exciting and that’s before we get cooking and eating! 

Neville heads Khula Farm and his experience in growing organically is important, particularly when it comes to considerately controlling the insects and monkeys who love feasting on the bounty before us!

#KhulaFarm
#Harvest
#Organic
#Food
#Regenerative
#Farming
#Resiliant
#FoodSystems
#OrganicCooking
#GettyAsterism
#Ecology
#Companion
#Planting
#GoodFood
#SouthAfrica

FARM TO TABLE

Harvesting root vegetables, leafy greens, herbs and salad from our regenerative Khula Farm is exciting and that’s before we get cooking and eating!

Neville heads Khula Farm and his experience in growing organically is important, particularly when it comes to considerately controlling the insects and monkeys who love feasting on the bounty before us!

#KhulaFarm
#Harvest
#Organic
#Food
#Regenerative
#Farming
#Resiliant
#FoodSystems
#OrganicCooking
#GettyAsterism
#Ecology
#Companion
#Planting
#GoodFood
#SouthAfrica
...

VOICES

The word Zulu means « sky » and it’s possible this traditional choir can fill the sky with their voices as they sing at sunset!

#Singing
#Voices
#Choir
#Music
#Traditions
#Sunset
#Storytelling
#ZuluChoir
#ZuluNation
#Sky
#Safari
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsAfrica

VOICES

The word Zulu means « sky » and it’s possible this traditional choir can fill the sky with their voices as they sing at sunset!

#Singing
#Voices
#Choir
#Music
#Traditions
#Sunset
#Storytelling
#ZuluChoir
#ZuluNation
#Sky
#Safari
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsAfrica
...

PLAYING

There’s a theme in nature: playing is teaching, learning and living!

#Lions
#PantheraLeo
#Playfulness
#Nature
#Teaching
#Learning
#Playing
#LionKing
#Africa
#Safari
#Savanna
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

PLAYING

There’s a theme in nature: playing is teaching, learning and living!

#Lions
#PantheraLeo
#Playfulness
#Nature
#Teaching
#Learning
#Playing
#LionKing
#Africa
#Safari
#Savanna
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
...

LISTEN

To the sound of the water as these giants tussle in the dam!

#Elephants
#Water
#Playing
#Swimming
#Soundscape
#AfricanBush
#AfricanElephant
#ElephantBull
#SouthAfrica
#Africa
#Safari
#Wildlife
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

LISTEN

To the sound of the water as these giants tussle in the dam!

#Elephants
#Water
#Playing
#Swimming
#Soundscape
#AfricanBush
#AfricanElephant
#ElephantBull
#SouthAfrica
#Africa
#Safari
#Wildlife
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
...

HEALTHY LAND

Protecting varied habitats, committing to restoration practices and applying intelligent ecological solutions creates healthy land.  This perfect protected wilderness allows wildlife to thrive and biodiversity to increase. Simple!

#GettyAsterism
#NaturalHabitats
#earthshotcapetown2024 
#AfricanSavanna
#Cheetah
#Rhino
#Birdlife
#Grasses
#Bushveld
#Biodiversity
#Wildlife
#Wilderness
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Sunlight
#Ecology

HEALTHY LAND

Protecting varied habitats, committing to restoration practices and applying intelligent ecological solutions creates healthy land. This perfect protected wilderness allows wildlife to thrive and biodiversity to increase. Simple!

#GettyAsterism
#NaturalHabitats
#earthshotcapetown2024
#AfricanSavanna
#Cheetah
#Rhino
#Birdlife
#Grasses
#Bushveld
#Biodiversity
#Wildlife
#Wilderness
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Sunlight
#Ecology
...

PANGOLINS!

It’s World Pangolin Day 2024! We LOVE pangolins and Zuka Private Game Reserve is actively involved in the reintroduction, monitoring and protection of this incredible species that is the most illegally trafficked mammal on earth.

#Pangolin
#GroundPangolin
#TemmincksPangolin
#WorldPangolinDay
#WorldPangolinDay2024
#Mammal
#AfricanWildlife
#Africa
#SouthAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Conservation

PANGOLINS!

It’s World Pangolin Day 2024! We LOVE pangolins and Zuka Private Game Reserve is actively involved in the reintroduction, monitoring and protection of this incredible species that is the most illegally trafficked mammal on earth.

#Pangolin
#GroundPangolin
#TemmincksPangolin
#WorldPangolinDay
#WorldPangolinDay2024
#Mammal
#AfricanWildlife
#Africa
#SouthAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Conservation
...

MARINE

We love heading northeast out of the reserve, through @isimangaliso wetland park and the coastal dune forests, to meet the long stretch of pristine wild coastline. 

And so too, we are avid supporters of protecting the marine world through @oceanfamilyfoundation💧and the wonderful @oceanswithoutborders programme 🦈

#MarineLife
#Safari
#IndianOcean
#Coastal
#DuneForest
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

MARINE

We love heading northeast out of the reserve, through @isimangaliso wetland park and the coastal dune forests, to meet the long stretch of pristine wild coastline.

And so too, we are avid supporters of protecting the marine world through @oceanfamilyfoundation💧and the wonderful @oceanswithoutborders programme 🦈

#MarineLife
#Safari
#IndianOcean
#Coastal
#DuneForest
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
...

LOVE STORY 

Every story has a beginning.  No matter how infinite and wide the matrix of history before and around the beginning of anyone’s story, there is always a true beginning.
 
For Zuka Private Game Reserve, Dave Varty is that.  He is our source, our beginning, and today, this Valentine’s Day, is his 70th Birthday! 
 
A lifetime of custodianship of @londolozi  his vision of wilderness preserved, wildlife protected, and community intricately involved in both, formed a deeply caring and wise blueprint which catalysed the world of safari tourism with conservation into a positive impact model through Africa, and this has been the model for decades now.
 
The ripple effect from Dave and his family lights the world. 
 
Zuka Private Game Reserve, is just one story that would not exist without him! 🧡

#happybirthday 🎉
#gratitude 
#beginnings 
#source 
#visionary
#restoration 
#wild
#inspired
#conservation
#healinghouse 
#africanvillage 
#family
#nature
#legacy
#lovestory

LOVE STORY

Every story has a beginning. No matter how infinite and wide the matrix of history before and around the beginning of anyone’s story, there is always a true beginning.

For Zuka Private Game Reserve, Dave Varty is that. He is our source, our beginning, and today, this Valentine’s Day, is his 70th Birthday!

A lifetime of custodianship of @londolozi his vision of wilderness preserved, wildlife protected, and community intricately involved in both, formed a deeply caring and wise blueprint which catalysed the world of safari tourism with conservation into a positive impact model through Africa, and this has been the model for decades now.

The ripple effect from Dave and his family lights the world.

Zuka Private Game Reserve, is just one story that would not exist without him! 🧡

#happybirthday 🎉
#gratitude
#beginnings
#source
#visionary
#restoration
#wild
#inspired
#conservation
#healinghouse
#africanvillage
#family
#nature
#legacy
#lovestory
...

DISCOVERIES

Our Getty Asterism team are making frequent discoveries on the reserve and are expanding their areas of interest into paleontology and anthropology.
 
With our present-day proximity to the Indian Ocean and, understanding that Zuka Private Game Reserve was historically beneath the ocean, we get to find these amazing fossilised marine creatures. 

These are ammonites, which became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period – 66 million years ago!
 
www.gettyasterism.earth

#GettyAsterism
#Fossils
#Ammonites
#Cretaceous
#Paleontology
#Ecology
#ResearchArea
#Ancient
#Ocean
#Discoveries
#Preserved
#Wild

DISCOVERIES

Our Getty Asterism team are making frequent discoveries on the reserve and are expanding their areas of interest into paleontology and anthropology.
 
With our present-day proximity to the Indian Ocean and, understanding that Zuka Private Game Reserve was historically beneath the ocean, we get to find these amazing fossilised marine creatures.

These are ammonites, which became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period – 66 million years ago!
 
www.gettyasterism.earth

#GettyAsterism
#Fossils
#Ammonites
#Cretaceous
#Paleontology
#Ecology
#ResearchArea
#Ancient
#Ocean
#Discoveries
#Preserved
#Wild
...

PROTECTED

The rhino dehorning process that we carry out to deter poaching incidences is repeated methodically as the horn starts to grow back.

Yes, it’s a new profile we see on these animals in the wild with their horns removed, however, this approach has proven that alongside our security measures, pressure from poaching is significantly reduced.

Conservation success stories!

#WhiteRhino
#Rhino
#Conservation
#ConservationSuccessStories
#earthshotcapetown 
#NaturalWorld
#Habitats
#AntiPoaching
#Protected
#endangeredspecies 
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa
#SouthAfrica

PROTECTED

The rhino dehorning process that we carry out to deter poaching incidences is repeated methodically as the horn starts to grow back.

Yes, it’s a new profile we see on these animals in the wild with their horns removed, however, this approach has proven that alongside our security measures, pressure from poaching is significantly reduced.

Conservation success stories!

#WhiteRhino
#Rhino
#Conservation
#ConservationSuccessStories
#earthshotcapetown
#NaturalWorld
#Habitats
#AntiPoaching
#Protected
#endangeredspecies
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa
#SouthAfrica
...

WILDLIFE VETS

As much as Zuka Private Game Reserve and the wider Munywana Conservancy conservation practices are about NOT interfering with natural processes, there are times when intervention is appropriate and optimal.

That’s when the wildlife vet comes to attend with their calm expertise in handling animals like this cheetah. 

To maintain an extensive gene pool for successful reproduction within the conservancy, new cheetah are reintroduced. A crucial part of this process is a temporary GPS tracking collar. Today it’s time for this to be removed!

#Cheetah
#Vulnerablestatus
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#BigCat
#Cats
#Conservation
#WildlifeVet
#Vet
#Genetics
#Wildlife
#Nature
#Reintroduction
#Tracking
#SouthAfrica
#Africa

WILDLIFE VETS

As much as Zuka Private Game Reserve and the wider Munywana Conservancy conservation practices are about NOT interfering with natural processes, there are times when intervention is appropriate and optimal.

That’s when the wildlife vet comes to attend with their calm expertise in handling animals like this cheetah.

To maintain an extensive gene pool for successful reproduction within the conservancy, new cheetah are reintroduced. A crucial part of this process is a temporary GPS tracking collar. Today it’s time for this to be removed!

#Cheetah
#Vulnerablestatus
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#BigCat
#Cats
#Conservation
#WildlifeVet
#Vet
#Genetics
#Wildlife
#Nature
#Reintroduction
#Tracking
#SouthAfrica
#Africa
...

PURPOSEFUL

Leopards know what to do.

#Leopard 
#PantheraPardus
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved 
#Conservation
#Coexistance
#Wild
#AnimalSymbolism
#Authentic
#Courage
#Resourceful
#Mythology

PURPOSEFUL

Leopards know what to do.

#Leopard
#PantheraPardus
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Conservation
#Coexistance
#Wild
#AnimalSymbolism
#Authentic
#Courage
#Resourceful
#Mythology
...

SKY SAFARI

We are a birding paradise with 450 different species that call Zuka Private Game Reserve home. 

Both our varied habitats and proximity to the Indian Ocean, offer diverse vegetation and water bodies, creating a vast interconnected system that attracts and supports a myriad of bird life.

#Birdlife
#BirdLifeSouthAfrica
#Migration
#Swallow
#Weaver
#GuineaFowel
#Kingfisher
#Vulture
#Eagle
#Beeeater
#Safari
#Binoculars
#Swarovski
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

SKY SAFARI

We are a birding paradise with 450 different species that call Zuka Private Game Reserve home.

Both our varied habitats and proximity to the Indian Ocean, offer diverse vegetation and water bodies, creating a vast interconnected system that attracts and supports a myriad of bird life.

#Birdlife
#BirdLifeSouthAfrica
#Migration
#Swallow
#Weaver
#GuineaFowel
#Kingfisher
#Vulture
#Eagle
#Beeeater
#Safari
#Binoculars
#Swarovski
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
...

VENOM OR MEDICINE?

Is there a creature who invokes more reverence, symbolism, myth or fear?

Probably not.

#Snakes
#Symbolism
#Mythology
#Legend
#Venom
#Medicine
#Reptiles
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#WildlifePhotography
#VenueEarth
#EarthCapture

VENOM OR MEDICINE?

Is there a creature who invokes more reverence, symbolism, myth or fear?

Probably not.

#Snakes
#Symbolism
#Mythology
#Legend
#Venom
#Medicine
#Reptiles
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#WildlifePhotography
#VenueEarth
#EarthCapture
...

DRUMBEAT!

Traditional dancing is rich and important in the Zulu culture - and learnt from a young age! 

The drums beat to a rhythm that’s hard to catch and each dance is associated with a particular ceremony and story.

The movement, drums, shields, spears, skins, timing, clapping, posturing, whistling and the shrill calls of married women will hold you spellbound!

#ThisIsZuka
#Dancing
#Movement
#Heritage
#Ceremony
#Storytelling
#Warriors
#Singing
#Celebrating
#TraditionalCostume
#Drums
#Zulu
#ZuluCulture
#Africa
#KZN
#Kwazulunatal 
#Preserved

DRUMBEAT!

Traditional dancing is rich and important in the Zulu culture - and learnt from a young age!

The drums beat to a rhythm that’s hard to catch and each dance is associated with a particular ceremony and story.

The movement, drums, shields, spears, skins, timing, clapping, posturing, whistling and the shrill calls of married women will hold you spellbound!

#ThisIsZuka
#Dancing
#Movement
#Heritage
#Ceremony
#Storytelling
#Warriors
#Singing
#Celebrating
#TraditionalCostume
#Drums
#Zulu
#ZuluCulture
#Africa
#KZN
#Kwazulunatal
#Preserved
...

COASTAL

With our proximity to the coast, we have a strong connection to the Indian Ocean, and we love spending time there.

With permission, this is what we get to experience! 

#Coastal
#SandDunes
#Pristine
#MarineLife
#IndianOcean
#Seascapes
#Beach
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa
#SeaTurtles
#VenueEarth
#EarthCapture

COASTAL

With our proximity to the coast, we have a strong connection to the Indian Ocean, and we love spending time there.

With permission, this is what we get to experience!

#Coastal
#SandDunes
#Pristine
#MarineLife
#IndianOcean
#Seascapes
#Beach
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa
#SeaTurtles
#VenueEarth
#EarthCapture
...

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement;
the greatest source of visual beauty;
the greatest source of intellectual interest.
It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worlth living.”

~ DAVID ATTENBOROUGH ~

27°50’16”S   32°15’38”E

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