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Kuzuko Lodge
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We were three nights at Kuzuko Lodge and it was the best part of our South African holiday.We went on five game drives and saw the lions very close up on three of them, the cheetahs were scarily close as we were on foot - very exciting!! The first drive we were lucky enough to see the elephants including a couple of baby ones. The rangers (we had a different one on each of our trips out) were all very knowledgeable and really keen to make sure we got to see the animals - nothing was too much trouble and although the game drives were advertised as being two and a half hours long all of ours were more than 3 hours.
The rooms were very spacious and comfortable and were cleaned twice a day - the little sweets on the pillow with "goodnight" on them was a nice touch as was having the heating put on for us on a chilly evening. The views from the rooms were amazing.
Our first night we were taken to a BBQ - this was quite magical as it started to lighten prior to a thunder storm and the whole sky lit up showing the mountains - beautiful.(thank goodness for the lightening conductors!!)
The food was excellent and the afternoon teas were a welcome added bonus.
All in all a fantastic stay - all the staff were friendly and helpful and made our few days there unforgettable.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Virginia F
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We had a terrific 2 nights at Kuzuko Lodge and wished we had stayed longer. Our tour guide, Zander, was excellent at spotting game from the LandCruiser, pointing them out to us as we drove along. He was extremely knowledgable and informative, answering our questions and telling us all about the animals, their habits and the area. He asked us what we wanted to see and then delivered so much more! My husband got pictures of a lifetime on the Cheetah walk, when he was 10 yards for 2 cheetahs!
All the staff and service were excellent. Kozuko is ecologically sensitive and also has a foundation hiring/training staff and giving back to the area. The food choices were delicious. We never had a meal we didn't thoroughly enjoy. We were not sure about tipping. We had been told to tip R100/per person for a day tour in Cape Town. Zander was so much better than other tour guides we had, we wanted to tip as well as thank him. He took us on 3 tours in one day. We were the only ones to tip, which I've read is common for American tourists.
I printed up directions to Kozuko from their website. We rented a car in Port Elizabeth, driving on the left for the first time! It was a 2 hour drive to the Kozuko reception center.

Room Tip: All the chalets seem to be lovely with balconies overlooking a watering pond and scenic vistas.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen C
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Kuzuko Lodge is definitely recommended. We spent 3 nights there and had 6 game drives (n.b. you actually get a choice of two activities per day and can opt for extras if required so there's more flexibility than we were told by our travel agent). The service is wonderful; they really looked after us when my wife was ill on arrival, even delivering my dinner, course by course, to our lodge. The food is plentiful, varied and beautifully cooked; the service whether in the restaurant, bar, spa or anywhere was excellent. Although you don't get a personal ranger (we didn't expect one) we did have Tammy on most of our drives and she was superb, taking so much care to try to find the animals we were looking for and explaining so much to us. Head ranger Zander was great too. As others have said, you won't find prides of lions queuing up outside your veranda each morning waiting to be photographed and it does take the ranger a little effort to find some of the animals sometimes. However, that made the experience more real for us as we had do do a little searching once or twice. The fact that 28 elephants can hide became a source of amusement. The private lodges are great with fantastic views of the Karoo from bed, bath or veranda. The website photos don't do the place enough justice in our opinion. The ecological aspects of Kuzuko are to be applauded too.

This isn't Kruger and doesn't try to be. In many ways we found it a more genuine experience (even the 85km drive along a dirt road to get there if you come from the western side). We really hope they don't change much

Room Tip: All lodges have great views of the Karoo and our friends were pleased with both of their lodges too.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Kuzuko Lodge and feel absolutely thrilled with our decision! Our guide, Romeo, literally went out of his way to find the animals and my son (6) found the "bunbu bashing"
very exciting. After finding elephants, we had an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy drinks not far from them with the african sunset as our backdrop, very special.

The chalet is spacious with a wonderful view and has everything you need to be comfortable.
The staff, (special thanks to Lorelle, Freddy, and Randal) is just super kind and helpful and the food very tasty and well presented.

In summary the best value for money you'll find if you consider it includes:
Breakfast/ high tea @ 3 o'clock/ 4 course dinner / 2 game drives per day !

Thanks again to the staff for being such lovely hosts!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed 3 nights during a holiday organised by The Holiday Place in conjunction with Thompson Africa. It is an ecological national park and not a private game reserve. As such it attempts to conserve and balance the population of species indigenous to this part of Africa rather than pampering to the tourist's desire to see every animal associated with this continent. They have very few lions, rhino and leopards in a vast area so the opportunity to see the "big five" falls well short of the "excellent" as described by the holiday organisers. This may lead some to complain. However, if like us, you want to understand Africa as it is rather than driving around a tourist zoo the lodge provides a brilliant education through its warm friendly and expert guides. They are keen to show you everything including birds, plant life and animals. We were privileged to witness the release of a black rhino into the park. Eventually over 5 morning and afternoon drives we did get to see an exceptional range of antelope including Springbok as well as elephants, buffalo, male lions, cheetahs, ostrich, wildebeest and zebra.
All rooms are exceptionally well quipped with views across the park - if you are lucky you could watch elephants while taking a bath! The wine & food, apart from limited desserts, is excellent. The staff provide excellent service.
Wonderful sunsets.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank keith p
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Lodge and went on 3 Game Drives and the 'Cheetah Walk'.

Firstly the reserve is going through a "re-stocking" process so there are just 2 Lions and 2 Cheetahs and 17 Buffalo to be seen. We were told that there were around 30 elephants in the reserve but in 3 Game Drives the rangers were unable to track them down. Lots of Kudu, sprinbok, steinbok, ostriches and other antelopes but a disappointment in encountering the big 5. All the rangers however are great fun, very informative and do their utmost best for their visitors.

Secondly, the accommodation is top quality. Luxurious rooms with deep baths overlooking the reserve. Evening meals were reasonably varied with a combination of local food and more recognisable European dishes.

Staff were cheerful and willing to help and arranged a day pass for us to visit the other part of the Elephant Park to find those pesky elephants....

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

I had planned a weekend getaway for my girlfriend and myself, with the intent of becoming engaged. I asked that we have our dinner (on the 1st evening) in our room and that it be as romantic as possible, considering the occasion. I have to applaud all the staff at Kuzuko for their excellent service and was really impressed with the room service. Everything went as planned and yet again commend the staff. The room and restaurant along with the bar and all meals were brilliant. Will definitely return.

Room Tip: Disabled rooms have plenty of space.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Olivenfontein Farm | Kommadagga, Addo Elephant National Park 5800, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range: $306 - $495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kuzuko Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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