Kuzuko Lodge

Kuzuko Lodge

N10 Kommaddaga, Addo Elephant National Park 6013 South Africa
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Conference facilities
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
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Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
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Gift shop
Shops
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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N10 Kommaddaga, Addo Elephant National Park 6013 South Africa
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John G wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the end of our South Africa trip for 3days. Everything is truly Spectacular. From the very first moment you know you are in wildlife heaven. Beautiful scenery and the lodge itself is perfectly situated to take advantage of the views. Expert staff and guides with beautiful food and seamless service. This is a true world class venue in a location that nowhere else can offer or come close too. Marie our game drive expert who guided us to all the beauty we could ever have hoped to see is a brilliant highly committed person who inspires and educates with passion. Everything is crisp spotless and delivered with warmth humour and a clear energy and passion for the country. We are truly blessed to have been able to stay here. Prepare to be amazed,enthralled and totally uplifted. Ask Andrew (pictured) to tell his very true story about nearly being "cheetah chow"!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David R wrote a review Feb 2020
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 2 nights at the Kuzuco lodge and found the Lodges to have excellent Lodges foe our 2 night stay, the room and and shower unit were very clean and spacious.
The Dinning was excellent on both nights of our stay
When we arrived on the first evening we went straight out for an evening safari lasting 2.5 hours, our tour guide and driver was very good and kept us informed of what the conservation was all about, during the trip we saw many animals, Antelope, Spring bock, Giraffes and a family of Cheetahs. Mother and 4 cubs, this was very fasinating as they came right up close to our Land cruiser
On the first morning we went out again at 5am to see the early morning sun rise, this is very spetacular with the mountain views, we again saw many wild livfe including Elethants and a pride of Lions, the lions were just lying in the road infront of us and did not move, 2 males and a female, the guide told us that the othe female was looking after the 2 cubs and keeping them away from the 2 male lions
During the evening the Lodge put on a open air Bar B Que for all the guest, the hotel staff put on a live show for us and this was excellent, along with the food and drink provided
On our last morning before we left we went out again at 5am to see the sun rise and the mountain views with the early morning mist were quite stunning
On the whole this was a very enjoyable experiance with excellent tour Guides
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Jade Harris wrote a review Aug 2022
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I could not have asked for better from this charming Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. House keeping made such an effort to make my room feel fresh every day. The rooms are outstanding with breathtaking views and was incredibly comfortable. The lodge staff were always helpful and would go out of their way to accommodate me. I was spoilt for choice regarding food options, both for lunch and dinner. I was working from early in the morning so I could not attend breakfast but always had a breakfast pack and a hot chocolate personally delivered to me.
The landscape of Kuzuko provides incredible views with some of the most incredible animals present. The conservation work that is happening should be applauded and overall I can't wait to go back. It's certainly not called A place of Glory for nothing
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Catharina de Lange, General Manager at Kuzuko Lodge
Responded 27 Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review and for spending dedicated time with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Blessings
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HaniefK wrote a review Oct 2020
Claremont, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On the outset, note that this lodge is NOT located in the Addo Elephant National Park, and animals cannot roam freely from the national park into this private game reserve. The private game reserve has been ‘created’ by joining multiple farmlands, and reintroducing animals into the area. The reason I am emphasizing this, is that it has a significant impact on both the quality and quantity of game in the reserve.

The game reserve has some dedicated and fenced off areas in which animals are located, and this includes buffalo, cheetahs, and rhino. Key reasons given for this include reintroducing animals into the area, lions hunting buffalo and impacting their population, or monitoring purposes. Whilst the reasons may have credibility it does negatively impact the safari experience, and appears more of a visit to a ‘conservation reserve’ for lack of better words. For people that prefer, like myself, encountering animals in there natural habitat without enclosures, this may not be for you.

The area of the game reserve is large (5000 hectares), but most of the big 5 animals that you would like to see are relatively few in number, for example with only 23 elephant in the reserve, and a handful lions, and no leopards. During our visit we only came across the elephant herd on day 3, snd on some drives aside from the occasional buck and a few bird species, not much more. This is where the superb game ranging skills of our guide Dylan made the safaris so much more memorable, palatable, and at times when game could not be found, even switching to teaching us the basics of tracking. Thank you!

The lodge facility itself is well setup with stunning views from your private balcony overlooking the valley, and the rooms are comfortably appointed, with perhaps room cleanliness being a gripe with my daughter who has arachnophobia, and could not help noticing many spiders/spiderwebs on the ceiling, and the carpets did not appear to be cleaned properly during our stay.

Wr chose the all inclusive rate which includes all meals, game drives and accommodation. I must admit being charged for bottled water during your meals on a inclusive rate never sits well with me. We requested some special meals be prepared, and the quality of some of these was questionable, like some steaks that were prepared offsite and then reheated and served to us... needless to say they felt and tasted like cardboard.

Breakfast and lunch were better, especially the freshly baked croissants for breakfast.

My wife and daughter made use of the spa facilities, and commented that the staff were lovely, but they seemed to lack the skills or training in delivering a good service.

The highlight of this trip, indeed was the friendliness, warmth and hospitality of the staff, without which you may as well look elsewhere for your safari lodge experience.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Catharina de Lange, General Manager at Kuzuko Lodge
Responded 20 Oct 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I do take each point highlighted for improvement to heart and will take care of the necessary training required. All the best
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Shoshi and Saul wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just two nights on safari gave us enough memories to last a lifetime. Dylan was a perfect ranger, knowledgeable enough to be fearless without ever being dangerous. We were constantly stunned by his ability to get us right up close to lions, elephants, cheetahs and more, spotting the animals from a distance and crossing seemingly impossible terrain to reach them, all while respecting the animals and telling us how proud he was of his relationship with them.
The other main shout out has to go to the front of house Phakmani (or PK), who must be one of the friendliest and most dedicated people we have met on any trip, on hand for everything you could possibly need and laughing 99% of the time. Lose your hat in the wind? Get PK, he will find it and fish it out of the bush (this actually happened).
The chef Theo also went above and beyond, especially when it came to taking our kosher requirements into account.
This was the last stop on our two week honeymoon and honestly ended on the biggest high we could have asked for. Thank you Kuzuko!
🦓🐆🐘🐐🦒🦁
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Yvonne B wrote a review Dec 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A room with a view .... wow
Staff all very friendly
Game drives are excellent
Staff have a good knowledge of animals and bird life.
Setting among the mountains .
a very tasty Dinner was served outside under the stars with staff suppling the background music
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms have a wonderful view
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Megan711 wrote a review Mar 2021
Grahamstown, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend a magical 2 nights at the lodge - peaceful and prefect to unwind. The rooms are perched on a hill over looking a small valley- we were fortunate on our last morning to watch a herd of elephants walk along the valley from the watering and graze on hill. Rooms are beautifully appointed, private with wonderful views.
Meals were a treat - the chef prepared each dish perfectly with a variety of fresh ingredients. Excellent dining experience.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Katrina H wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an outstanding 6 night stay in Kuzuko lodge. The setting was beautiful and the rooms were perfect. The staff were all excellent, friendly and welcoming and would go the extra mile with smiles on faces. There is a wellness centre including a spa and a gym. We went on game drives twice a day and saw lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe, warthogs, zebras, antelope, and much more. Our guide, Dylan, providing some amazing experiences for us. He was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate and made the stay even more enjoyable. He was not only knowledge of the wildlife, but also the plants and South African history. We did extra activities while we were there, including a walk to see 400 year old paintings and a trip to learn about the great cheetah rewilding project there. We were fortunate enough to be a part of a larger group who were also staying for a long time, so Dylan organised a special day out to see a different part of the area and we visited rock pools and were cooked a special lunch by the rangers. Thank you so much Dylan & The staff at Kuzuko lodge for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Inéz R wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend and I visited Kuzuko Lodge for a two night stay. The dusty road kept its secret until the very end. At the foot of a hill we were met by our guide: a tiny Italian lady. She took us up the hill in a game viewer. We were still not sure where we were heading. And then suddenly we turned a corner and the lodge was there, looking out over a vast vista of rolling hills, mountains and magnificent sky. Our room had a similar view.
The tiny Chiara had loads of knowledge about the wide variety of animals, plants and different biomes. PK was a charming host, and the rest of the staff similarly focused on excellent service and friendliness. The food was scrumptious, and they catered 100% for my dietary needs: gluten free vegetarian. All the facilities are luxurious, clean and welcoming.
We enjoyed every moment of our stay. The cherry on top was the phone call I received shortly after arriving home again: PK was checking whether we traveled safely back. If I could I would give them 6 stars.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Catharina de Lange, General Manager at Kuzuko Lodge
Responded 05 Nov 2021
Thank you for sharing you heartfelt story. It truly does wonders for our dedicated team to receive reviews like yours. I will share with the them all. Blessings
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Paul I wrote a review Sept 2023
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where do i start? This place is totally amazing, from check in to check out.
We were greeted by Patrick and shown around the lodge and our tour was finished with a traditional hand massage. We literally dumped our bags in our room and geared up for the afternoon Game Drive. Shaun, our Ranger and guide was awesome. Not only was he a great lad, his knowledge was unparalled.
We set off in search of the animals.
Although some animals have tags on them, they only send out 'pings' 4 times a day so you still have to find them as they are wild, and have an enormous roaming area.
We saw all the 'boks', elephant, giraffe, rhino, cheetah, lions, buffalo, baboons, monkeys and all manner of smaller animals on our 2 daily drives, and each was finished in a fantastic view point, with, in the morning, coffee and snacks and the evening, beers/drinks and snacks and a chat amongst ourselves.
We were spoiled for most of our stay as there were just us and another couple in the jeep so we had the freedom to see what we wanted. I still can't believe we were there!!!
The rooms are single lodges with a small deck overlooking the reserve with amazing views and are lush. Beds are comfy with a bath and shower and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a tv but we never switched it on. The view was too good from the deck.
The food was amazing too. Flavours to die for and a bonus is the booze is soooo cheap compared to home so a nightcap or two at the end of the day was a must. You have to try a 'Sprinbok' shot. Yum!!!
All the staff were top notch and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. I could go on for ages but still won't have enough words to describe the incredible stay we had.
In short, if you want a safari that is as natural as possible and non commercial (as most seem to be), book Kuzuko. You will not regret it.
Thank you to all the team there, Shaun our 'Danger Ranger', Siya, Shi Ann, Patrick, Theresa, Xicona to name but a few that made our stay the most memorable it could be
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: It is a bit cold on the morning game drives this time of year so wrap up. The lodge gives you...
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Response from Catharina de Lange, General Manager at Kuzuko Lodge
Responded 10 Oct 2023
Dear pauli394, Thank you for taking your time to review us after your recent stay at Kuzuko Lodge. We are really excited to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed yourself from the arrival to departure, especially with regards to the game drives and the exceptional service from our friendly staff. I will be sure to share your compliments with them. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional visit.
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Answer from Paul I
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom322 contributions63 helpful votes
It depends on the season tbh. We were there in Sept so we met at 0530 for coffee and out at 6, then 1430 meet for 1500. Best bet is to email the lodge and they will tell you. You will have the best time. Enjoy
Answer from KuzukoLodge
Thank you for your questions regarding small kids on game drive at Kuzuko. As we believe that children of all ages should be exposed to nature and inspired to love the natural world we welcome them on game drives. Families are allocated together on game drives. Game drives with small children may be scheduled outside normal game drive times and/or may be shorten if needed. Please discuss this with our reservations agent when making your booking. Hope this answer your questions.
Answer from kpdesai17
Toronto, Canada54 contributions19 helpful votes
There are two types of packages available. One with an all inclusive option with accommodation, 2 game drives per day and all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Second option is you pay for accommodation with breakfast and dinner and pay extra 300 rands for each game drive you choose to do and you pay extra for lunch if you choose to eat. We chose the second option because they had a promo running and paying extra for game drives and lunch was much much cheaper than option 1. Option 2 was double the cost! Find out if they have promos by emailing them. We stayed 2 nights but only did 2 game drives because it was more than enough for us. If you choose to do it at the Time, you can decide then and don’t need to let them know way in advance. Good luck and it’s a beautiful place.
inesashton asked a question May 2019
Maidenhead, United Kingdom1 contribution
Is it suitable for a 5 and 7 year old kids?
Answer from George S
Tampa, Florida37 contributions5 helpful votes
Sorry for delay. Yes it is suitable for kids. When we were there there were 3-4 families.
Answer from LALPA
Hazleton, Pennsylvania20 contributions15 helpful votes
Very reasonable, everything there is due to the good exchange rate. I can’t remember the exact cost, but I do know that it was cheap and well laundered.
Jon H wrote a tip Apr 2024
Clevedon, United Kingdom15 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't hire a car to get there unless its a 4x4 get a transfer from Port Elizabeth."
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V M wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bicester, United Kingdom14 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The last 29km is on a dirt track , our car a Suzuki Vitara was just OK with it. This Lodge is not in Addo Elephant Park as some suggest. "
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SueandKenBognor wrote a tip Feb 2024
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom52 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The only thing you need to consider is that you really need a 4 wheel drive car to get there as it's a dirt road for 48 kms that was very rutted"
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Propertyking2000 wrote a tip Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom52 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"i loved chalet 6. The 5.30 am game drive is worth it"
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spluff10 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Taplow, United Kingdom19 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensure you have warm clothing for your game drives."
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PRICE RANGE
R 6,374 - R 7,703 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kuzuko hotel addo elephant national park
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeGreater AddoAddo Elephant National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kuzuko Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kuzuko Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Kuzuko Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Kuzuko Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kuzuko Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kuzuko Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kuzuko Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Kuzuko Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Kuzuko Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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