After travelling from Cape Town to PE along the Garden Route, we were looking forward to experiencing the wonders of the Great Karoo. Perched on the top of a hill, Kuzuko Lodge offered us breathtaking panoramic views over the plains and the rolling hills, whereas the many activities assured a relaxing and fun-filled time for adults and children alike.
Kuzuko Lodge near PE, Eastern Cape, is working closely together with South African National Parks to restore the indigenous flora and re-stock its land with indigenous game. In this absolutely beautiful place you may not encounter countless herds of game as you would in other reserves, but seeing elephants and black rhino roam at Kuzuko after an absence of 150 years, makes one appreciate seeing them all the more.
I noticed that for children, it’s not per se the sighting of big game that makes their family holiday a winner. Although lion and elephant sightings are a highlight, their memories and joy often come from enjoying the smaller creatures, like a dung beetle rolling its dungball, or venturing out on a ‘gogga’ [insect] hunt. Not to mention the close-up on ‘fleshy’ carcasses or the agony of ‘racing’ tortoises.
We experienced Kuzuko Lodge as a place of tranquility and serenity. The scenery is beautiful and the game drives offer a wonderful visual variety. The panoramic view from the main lodge’s deck over the Great Karoo is breathtaking as much during the day as it is at night.
If you’re looking for masses of big game, this may not yet be the ideal place to visit, but if you’re seeking a relaxing time away in nature, with excellent creature comforts and where children are treasured guests, then this is the place to be.
Kuzuko Lodge is situated in a private section of the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, about 2,5 hours drive from PE.
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Upon arrival, younger children receive a fun explorer’s bag, which includes a hat, activity booklet, bug box, insect repellent, bottled water, sunscreen.
24 double luxury rooms with sleeper coach of which 3 are wheelchair accessible
Winners for Enya and James
Winners for mom
What we really liked a lot
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Review by Petra Vandecasteele with Enya & James Godard