Kuzuko Lodge in Addo Elephant National Park offers a great combination: luxury, wilderness and access
Many people know Addo Elephant National Park’s main game viewing area, but the park has expanded in every direction to include several other Eastern Cape habitat biomes. Over the Zuurberg Mountains to the north and into the arid Little Karoo is the park’s Kuzuko Contractual Area and Kuzuko Lodge. The lodge is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and is an ideal place for the mobility-impaired to spoil themselves for honeymoons and other special occasions.
- Although it’s on a hillside the main complex is equipped with ramps throughout, enabling ease of access.
- Three of the 24 private chalets are adapted for wheelchairs users.
- While a few features are not yet up to Tourism Grading Council UA specifications, roll-in showers, grab rails, lowered wardrobes, paved ramps and flush thresholds are in place.
- A raised loading platform makes it easy for wheelchair users to go on game drives.
One of the directors of Kuzuko uses a wheelchair himself – so he knows about access. Furthermore, the Disability Empowerment Concern (DEC) has 20 percent shares in the lodge.
How to get there
From Port Elizabeth to Kuzuko Lodge is 170 km via the N2, N10 and R400. From the interior it can be reached from Cradock, Somerset East and Jansenville.
More information (including rates) about Kuzuko, Addo Elephant National Park, or the other 20 national parks can be found on the SANParks’ website www.sanparks.org. Designated UA units are kept on reserve for those who need them and can only be booked directly with SANParks on special request. Unlike other units they cannot be booked in advance on line until the reserve period has expired. Visitors to parks pay a daily conservation fee to make use of park facilities and enjoy the natural heritage, but if you buy a Wild Card, that fee is waived.