There are a few reasons why Addo and the Karoo hold a special place in my family’s hearts, though I could not say which one draws us to the Eastern Cape the most. Maybe it’s because we have lived both in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown? Or the fond memories of game drives and exploring the area? It could possibly be the close proximity to our new home in Knysna? Whichever it is, all the charms of this endearing landscape we love are embodied at the Place of Glory – Kuzuko Lodge.
So how did we come to find out about the luxury Kuzuko Lodge? At an #ECMeetUp for bloggers, I was lucky enough to win an all inclusive night’s stay for two. Thrilled, Hubby and I packed our bags for a relaxing getaway and much needed us time.
Kuzuko Lodge and game farm is situated north of the Addo Elephant National Park and is home to the Big 5 in a malaria-free region. The 5-Star accommodation and hospitality attracts both local and international guests. They offer luxury accommodation, safari adventures, wellness and unique dining experiences. All at affordable rates which locals paying in Rands can afford to enjoy.
Even though it was great to have couple time together, we soon discovered that kids are most welcome and accommodated for at Kuzuko. The child-friendly chalets are furnished with a sleeper couch or two roller beds upon request. Children under 12 sleep and dine free of charge when sharing with an adult, at a maximum of two children per chalet. They offer child-friendly activities for various age groups, kiddie menu, a playground and fun in the sun packs filled with goodies which the kids will love. Babysitting is available upon request.
Situated in the Eastern Cape, north of Port Elizabeth, Kuzuko Lodge overlooks the Karoo Plains and Zuurberg Mountains. Despite bordering the Addo Elephant National Park, to access the Lodge you need to drive the long way round (unless you fly in by private plane or helicopter). Leave your sports car at home as the gravel roads will make for a bumpy drive. Follow the instructions given when booking, and allow for adequate travel time.
Once you arrive, you park your vehicle at the main reception which is a short drive away from the Lodge by game vehicle. As soon as you arrive, you feel that your safari experience has begun. A ranger meets you to transport you to the Lodge where you are greeted with a hot towel and welcome drink. We found the staff excessively attentive and eager to meet our needs.
If you want to see lion, then Kuzuko Lodge is the place to visit. We got up close with a group of lionesses and their cubs at a kill, with our assigned ranger as guide. On our drive we also saw elephant and other game, before stopping for a sundowner. If we had stayed longer and participated in some of the other activities available, we no doubt would have seen more of the Big Five.
- Malaria free: This is a particular advantage for families with young children and pregnant women, who are unable/prefer not to take antimalarial medication.
- Child-friendly: Accommodation, facilities, baby-sitting and activities can be provided to families with children of all ages.
- Big Five: See the big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant.
- Adventure: Game drives and 4×4 route, Khoisan cave walks, bird watching, star gazing, night drives and wild fly fishing.
- Landing strip and helipad: Arrive direct at the Lodge via private plane or helicopter.
- 24 chalets (3 wheelchair accessible).
- Restaurant, bar and lounge: We were impressed (and surprised) to find that the drinks are sold at local prices and not inflated for the tourist market. Our cocktails and bottle of wine were the same price as at our local restaurant. This meant we could relax and enjoy our stay without feeling like we were being ripped off with extras.
- Wellness centre: The staff were attentive and professional. The facilities, however, were adequate but lacking compared to other 5-Star resorts.
- Swimming pool: Instagram worthy with exceptional views over the plains.
- Wireless internet connectivity and DStv.
- Curio shop.
Accommodation and activities were provided as part of a competition prize. All images my own.