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  • Private section of the renowned Addo Elephant National Park
  • Epic vistas from the lodge's hilltop location
  • Luxurious safari experience

Kuzuko Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

70km from Somerset East

 

-33.2126, 25.4982

About

Building a luxury lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park was no easy task, but after 20 months of construction, the magnificent Kuzuko Lodge was eventually opened. Working with the local community, Kuzuko has crafted a balance between nature and tourism, a form of conservation tourism that ensures sustainability while allowing visitors to experience the full glory of the Karoo. 

Guests are housed in 24 large and luxurious thatched chalets, each with a private deck offering spectacular views of the malaria free Karoo Bushveld. All chalets feature full en-suite bathrooms, a mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and a television. The restaurant and bar, deck, swimming pool and dining room also offer stunning views which guests can enjoy while savouring the top class cuisine. 

Kuzuko is blessed with a huge variety of activities – each of which is conducted by a well-trained and knowledgeable guide whose goal is to keep you entertained and safe. Game drives depart the lodge at sunrise and sunset, revealing the unique fauna and flora on the reserve. 

A cheetah walking safari will get you up close and personal with the world’s fastest land mammal, allowing for unique photo opportunities and a new appreciation for these impressive predators. The self walk birding route within the lodge confines is highly recommended.

A guided nature walk and cave exploration takes visitors to 400 year old Khoisan cave paintings, before the African sky comes alive with stars at night and a trained ranger trades binoculars for laser pointers, with a stargazing telescope available for guests to view the celestial bodies.

The lodge caters particularly well for children with its wide range of kids’ activities and Junior Ranger & Kids activity programme, while for the serious business person, the state-of-the-art conferencing facilities are of the highest standard, with teambuilding activities also on offer, and an airstrip and helipad available for the convenience of guests.

 

Rates & Summary


24 Luxury Chalets

Double or twin rooms
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck with views of reserve
3 chalets are wheelchair accessible 

Pricing

  • R 2 250 pp sharing
  • R 3 600 single

Catering

Full Board
Meals consist of brunch, afternoon Karoo tea & snacks, and dinner
Kids Menu and additional Deck menu available

Kids

Children of all ages are most welcome and the wide range of dedicated kids activities includes a Fun in the Sun pack on arrival, Wilderness Ramble, Khoisan experience, Kid’s Safari, jungle gym, puzzles, board games, and a Wii entertainment station.
Camping cots and rollerbed available.

0 - 12yrs: stay for free when sharing adult accommodation.

Why Stay Here?

Located in a private section of the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, Kuzuko Lodge rests high on a hill nestling twenty-four luxurious chalets, three of which are wheelchair accessible, which offer guests awe-inspiring uninterrupted vistas over the plains of the African Klein Karoo. Track the Big Five with an expertly trained game ranger, enjoy the view over the watering hole from the infinity pool, unwind in the family lounge, indulge yourself at the wellness centre or go stargazing at this tranquil, luxurious lodge which caters for people of all ages.

Summary

  • Private section of the renowned Addo Elephant National Park
  • Epic vistas from the lodge's hilltop location
  • Luxurious safari experience

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

The last 48km consist of a gravel road in a good condition which is suitable for any vehicle. A Game Ranger will pick you and your luggage up from the Kuzuko reception area.

Activities & Attractions

  • Infinity pool overlooking waterhole
  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching
  • Self walk birding route
  • Khoisan cave exploration
  • Guided cheetah walk
  • 4x4 routes
  • Stargazing
  • Wellness centre, couples treatment room

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Uncovered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • No security guard

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Sunshine Coast

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About

With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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