Trip Report – KUZUKO COUNTRY HOUSE

KUZUKO COUNTRY HOUSE is situated in a private section of the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
”If privacy, peace and quiet, fresh air, no traffic or light and sound pollution is what you were looking for then you have just found the perfect place.”
A two hour drive from Port Elizabeth, direction Cookhouse or you can do what we did, two days in Addo Elephant National Park  first before heading to Kuzuko Country House – an hour twenty from Addo’s main camp.

You may be as thrilled as we were to hear that Kuzuko Lodge now have a self catering guest house – KUZUKO COUNTRY HOUSE. An old farmhouse that has undergone a really smart renovation. Kuzuko Country house is situated next door to the main reserve, this is where their guided walks and Kids Ranger courses are conducted. Nicely nestled in a rugged valley alongside a meandering river bed.

From Kuzuko Country House, we enjoyed exploring the immediate area on foot as well as in our own vehicle. Well maintained tracks crossing the dry river bed, tracks going partway up into the mountains – GREAT VIEWS – and we loved the track following the meandering ( currently dry ) river bed where we were lucky to spot Secretary Birds, gorgeous Black Wildebeest , a shy Duiker and Burchells Zebra…. G & T’s from a scenic viewpoint was just what the doctor ordered 😉
Besides enjoying Kuzuko Country House and it’s surrounds, we were able to book guided game drives within the main reserve of Kuzuko. Kuzuko forms part of the Greater Addo Region and is managed in partnership with SANPARKS. This is where we were hoping to see the big game – elephant, cheetah and the lion who captured our hearts, Sylvester – together with his coalition partner and new lady friends 🙂
We had THE most memorable game drives…. buffalo, elephant, massive herds of eland, kudu, jackal – even a sub adult who thought we could not see him in his hidey hole, steenbokkies, ostriches, elephant – to say nothing of the breathtaking vistas from every koppie. Also on request, we were able to enjoy a leisurly brunch the one day after the early am game drive…. out on the viewing deck of Kuzuko lodge…what a treat !
Addo’s Flightless Dungbeetle’s range extends to Kuzuko – the only place in world where these particular insects reside. Reserve manager Gerhard excitedly pointed these baby dung beetles out, each one rolling his own miniature dungball – learner beetles 🙂 TIP: Turn your binoculars the other way round, effectively turning them into your very own Bush Microscope for a real close look see – thank you Gerhard, awesome tip !

Unless you have been living in a cave, you will surely know about Sylvester – the rondloper lion who was almost sentenced to death ! His is a story that legends are made of…. To see this magnificent creature so at home and so connected with his coalition partner – marking his territory as he goes, is nothing short of AWESOME 🙂
And then back to Kuzuko Country House after the late afternoon game drives to a fire already lit for us – ready to braai – how neat is THAT ? ! 🙂 Serious games of dominoes, lots of laughs around the homesteads generous table, cold wine, good friends…what more can a gal ask for… THIS is why I live here !

We can highly recommend Kuzuko lodge ‘s new self catering Kuzuko Country House. It affords you the best of both worlds, – the affordability of self catering and the luxury of a five star reserve. I have no doubt that as soon as word gets out of this incredible place and the current special on offer, it’s going to be really difficult to get a reservation.
Email: [email protected] and mention that you are responding to the current offer of R250.00 pppn ( not including guided game drives nor meals and beverages enjoyed at the main lodge of Kuzuko ) for Kuzuko Country House.
You can thank me later 😉

Veldfinds – porcupine quill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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