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About Kuzuko

Kuzuko (meaning "Place of Glory" in Xhosa) is a luxury boutique lodge on the Kuzuko Private Game Reserve. Set high upon a hill, Kuzuko is known for its spectacular views and warm service as well as intimate wildlife experiences. Being the only lodge on the reserve, Kuzuko boasts one of the lowest guest densities per km2 in South Africa ensuring guests can truly immerse themselves in the peace and tranquillity of the Kuzuko's diverse ecosystem and enjoy uninterrupted game sightings.

The Kuzuko experience goes beyond the big five with sumptuous Karoo cuisine, a fully equipped spa, private dining options, bush walks and Khoisan rock art experiences. Accommodation is in thatched roof chalets whose unique design is inspired by the landscape they set in and carefully positioned to ensure both privacy and a spectacular view.

Kuzuko Lodge Setting

Kuzuko is an ambitious rewilding project in a vast 14,500 hectare big five reserve that is just far enough of the beaten track to be a true African adventure whilst still being easily accessible from scenic Eastern Cape coastline and garden route. Whether as a standalone retreat or an addition to an unforgettable bush and beach, Karoo, or Garden Route holiday, the lodge offers an idyllic escape for those who love being immersed in nature.

Sustainability, conservation and local communities lie at the heart of Kuzuko which has seen many endangered wildlife species return that have not been seen on the land for over 150 years. Kuzuko is home to the largest Spekboom restoration project in South Africa with over 5,000 hectares being actively restored and can now boast carbon neutral game drives.

What's included

  • All meals
  • Welcome drinks
  • Two daily game drives
  • Tea/coffee
  • Transfers between Kuzuko Gatehouse and Kuzuko Lodge


How to get there

  • 2 hrs

    Port Elizabeth Airport

  • Kuzuko Lodge

    Addo Elephant National Park, N10, Addo, 6013

  • Check in at Kuzuko Lodge

    13:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Kuzuko Lodge

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions


  • Mini paradise

    The safaris were awesome and our guides where great, they really cared for our experience and had a passion for their job. It was like you were in your own wee bubble here- a mini paradise and an experience my wife and I will never forget. Thank you for the memories review

    D. Childs

  • Great place to explore Addo

    If you would like to see more than Addo Elegant Park, it’s a perfect place in Greater Addo, especially with kids! review

    H. Farrow

  • Outstanding Lodge

    Warm, welcoming and excellent attention detail made our stay at Kuzuko great. The food was outstanding, and every member of staff made us feel so welcome. While there are Big 5 animals on the property, this is not the only reason you would go there. If however, you are looking for a quiet place of natural beauty, combined with all the spoils, Kuzuko is highly recommended. review

    R. Hetting

Kuzuko Lodge impact highlights

In 2002, when the Kuzuko project was initiated, the local area faced an unemployment rate exceeding 70%, and the deteriorated, arid farmland offered limited job opportunities. Uncommon for a private game reserve, the decision to establish Kuzuko was straightforward—it was deemed the most effective way to generate employment and income for the region, given the land and climate.

While social objectives remain integral to Kuzuko's identity, the reserve has evolved into much more over the past two decades, unfolding a narrative of love, conservation, and community upliftment. The restoration and rewilding of the land have proven to be enriching and empowering experiences for all involved. From witnessing elephants roam freely on the land after over 150 years to embarking on one of the world's largest reforestation projects using the quintessentially South African spekboom tree, these moments unfold regularly at Kuzuko.

Considerable strides have been made in conservation efforts, with many exciting projects on the horizon. One of their greatest pleasures is sharing the conservation and restoration journey with guests, who often express feeling rejuvenated by their experience in this special place.

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