We stayed here for less than 24 hours in April 2014 having tried to cram so much into our month long trip from Zambia; parts of SA and Mauritius. We set off from Cape of St Francis at around 1pm believing we had plenty of time to drive to Kuzuko which is described as part of Addo. Our directions were horribly scant and sat nav was as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike. We were thrilled by the scenery and sightings after sightings of animals: giraffes; zebras; ostrich & more. Stopping at Addo Elephant Park because we wanted to check we were heading in the right direction, we were told we were a good 2-2.5 hours from Kuzuko Lodge. Being told this at 4.30pm created a bit of angst particularly as we wanted to join the evening game drive and driving after dark (6pm) was not advisable. We put in more fuel and set off with some urgency. Miles and miles of beautiful open scenery and looking for the sign for Ann's Villa before our next marker. As the sun set over the Karoo the beauty of the landscape was enthralling. A huge crimson sky which lasted for about 30 minutes after which we were plunged into absolute darkness. Dirt tracks with ruts and holes the size of craters and desperation setting in. At one point kudu decided to bounce across our path but by about 6.30pm we arrived at the Estate Reception and were taken by jeep to the Lodge. On arrival we were greeted warmly by Jonathon and having missed the game drive expressed our disappointment. The staff could not have done more and went to much trouble to help us achieve a dream.
Our chalet was lovely with everything you could need and a balcony from where we spent a couple of hours the next day, just absorbing the magnificent views across the mountains and watching cape buffalo in the distance.
Dinner was delicious and service was excellent.
An early start and lucky to have Rodwell as our ranger & guide. I desperately wanted to see lions and was told guests had seen lions the day before, so it was unlikely we would see them today. We were told the scout had been out and was looking. Shortly after entering the reserve area we encountered a stand-off with a black rhino. Told to stay perfectly still because he was contemplating charging the landrover! What a heart stopping 30 seconds! Thankfully he contemplated well and took off into the bush. Driving through the reserve at sunrise was an unforgettable experience. Rodwell was contacted by the scout that we were going to track lions - and this is where the ride became even more exciting as we traversed scrub and dried river beds, ducking branches and bouncing about. It was fantastic. Eyes peeled in search of the elusive lions. After about 30 minutes there they were. Two magnificent males surveying the terrain and we watched as they walked in front of the vehicle and stood close by. I don't think I breathed for a couple of minutes as I was transfixed on the most amazing sight. The younger one roared and they moved on. We tracked them but sadly our vehicle got stuck in a ditch and had to be winched out by the tracker. Seeing antelope tearing in the opposite direction warned us the lions were still nearby.
We saw lots of beautiful creatures inc elephant, wildebeest, springbok, kudu, meerkats and more.
For me, seeing the lions was the highest point of the entire holiday already filled with high peaks. This special moment will stay with me forever along with the wonderful 20 hours spent at Kuzuko Lodge. Thank you.
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- Also Known As:
- Kuzuko Hotel Addo Elephant National Park