- Perched on a hilltop with great views
- Located within Addo Elephant National Park
- Game drives, good animal diversity
- Guided expedition walks, cave exploration
Kuzuko Lodge is set within a private area of Addo Elephant National Park along the southern coast of South Africa. Thanks to its hilltop location, it offers guests breath-taking views of both the Zuurberg Mountains and the Karoo Plains below. The word ‘Kuzuko’ means ‘place of glory’ in the local Xhosa language and there’s no denying that the lodge fits its description. It offers a peaceful, secluded retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of big towns and cities; here, visitors can immerse themselves in nature and relax in wonderful surroundings.
The Addo Elephant National Park has plenty of memorable sights and experiences to offer. It’s South Africa’s third largest national park and is home to an elephant population of around 600 - a huge number considering that when the park was founded back in 1931, there were only 11 in the area. While the elephants are one of the main features, many other animals call the area home, such as black rhinos, Cape Buffaloes, lions, antelopes, hyenas and more. Game drives from the lodge are possible at various times of day, depending on the time of year. Guided expedition walks and cave exploration treks are also offered.
The accommodation comprises 24 luxurious, air-conditioned chalets, each one with its own private deck with superb views of the surrounding area. The well-equipped chalets are tastefully decorated in a contemporary style. All have en-suite bathrooms with bathtub and walk-in shower, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, a TV and a minibar. When not exploring the park’s wildlife, there are plenty of on-site facilities to make use of. These include an infinity pool, a wellness centre, a curio shop and a restaurant with a deck for outdoor dining. Menus consist of local and national dishes, with food freshly prepared using local ingredients.
Kuzuko Lodge welcomes children of all ages and offers plenty of facilities and services to ensure families with younger ones in tow have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. There’s a babysitting service available, along with camping cots, an outdoor playground and child-friendly menus. Age-appropriate outdoor activities are also provided, from treasure hunting and cultural experiences, to private safaris. For down time between activities, there’s a family lounge complete with board games, Wii and a DVD collection. Parents are advised to request a chalet with a child-friendly deck that offers improved safety without compromising on the view.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019