Kuzuko Food – Karoo Food!
At Kuzuko we seek to make visible what is often regarded as being of no consequence and “everyday”. We strive to capture the essence of the home style Karoo in our cooking.
Karoo cooking has become less about what you do with the food, and more about the quality and freshness of the produce you use. We follow the very same style of cooking our Grandmothers use to, even the same old recipes. These recipes will always remain the same – they are ancient, part of tradition and unique to the Karoo culture, and one should respect that. There is no need to alter the recipe; just enhance what is already there. Every ingredient has it specific and unique irreplaceable purpose.
Most of our produce is sourced locally, as we believe that is where the root of any dish starts. It is hard to capture the essence of the Karoo, if you source ingredients from elsewhere. One has to include local favourites like Karoo lamb, honey roasted sweet potatoes, seared venison, gorgeous Hertzoggies and Melktert if you want your cooking to pass as ‘Karoo cuisine’. Throw in a couple of your own ideas into the mix, like our ‘Karoo-krieke’ (Vanilla fried Tiger Prawns), or our Blushing Pears with Wine-custard, and you can count on having a pretty good time once the dinner bell rings.
There is something about Karoo food that just brings people together, no matter what age, race, gender, culture or nationality. That is what we strive to achieve with the food at Kuzuko. The dish in front of you, should enhance the relationship with the one next to you and across from you. That, to us, is Karoo cooking at its very best. Our food aims to evoke emotions from and interaction between our guests. Interactions that end up making great stories and creating precious memories.
The Karoo is known for its people and their stories – ‘stoepstories’ as it is referred to. And every guest here has a story; every employee has a story… It is the people at Kuzuko that breathes life into the experience. Yes the facilities are great, and yes the animals and the scenery contribute, but it is the people that make memories. They are the ones adding to your story, and that in itself is priceless – you can’t measure it.
To eat is to live; might as well do it with passion then….
Our place of glory is blessed with an incredible variety of available activities – each of which is conducted by a well-trained, extremely knowledgeable guide whose goal is to keep you entertained and safe.
Game drives may take place as the sun rises, mid morning, during the afternoon, as the sun sets and at night depending on the time of year. Our experienced guides are sure to track and point out the many species of fauna and flora which occur on Kuzuko. With nocturnal animals out and about, sunrise, sunset and night drives offer a very different view of the wild. Dependent on the time of your game drive, please enjoy a complimentary hot beverage like hot chocolate, tea or coffee with home-made rusks or a snack and local beverage. Bottled water is supplied complimentary with all wildlife activities.
During a cheetah experience the fastest animal on land invites you for a leisurely stroll at Kuzuko… Our cheetahs have learnt to tolerate the presence of humans, which allows for the exclusive experience of getting up close and personal with one of Africa’s big cats during a guided walking safari. While enjoying unique photo opportunities, guests are left in awe as they come away humbled by spending time on ground level and within close proximity of these impressively aloof predators. An additional fee may be charged for this activity on behalf of the Kuzuko Foundation to assist funding their Wildlife Rehabilitation efforts – assisting us in our endeavours to preserve Africa’s wildlife legacy.
Our guided nature walk and cave exploration takes visitors back in time with the magic of 400 year old Khoisan cave paintings. Located just outside of the Big 5 reserve, this area is stocked with plains game and the walk forms a large part of our community conservation education component.
The African sky comes alive as night falls over our place of glory – creating perfect conditions for a cosmic safari. While they may be light years away, the heavenly bodies seem close enough to touch as Kuzuko offers some of the best stargazing in Africa all because of our off the beaten track location. The trained game rangers trade their binoculars for laser pointers as they guide you through galaxies, pointing out stars, planets, moons and other astral bodies through the lodge’s eight inch stargazing telescope. This uniquely exclusive activity offers the magical experience of viewing not just the majestic Big Five at the lodge, but also the glory of the mystical sky above the lodge.
Challenging 4×4 routes offer guests the ride of a lifetime, while bird watching enthusiasts are in for a real ‘tweet’ as the diversity of birdlife within the park is nothing short of amazing. All the above activities are weather dependent.
Kuzuko boasts state of the art conference facilities for up to 48 delegates with a spectacular view of the Winterberg Mountains as back drop, are fully air conditioned with wall to wall carpeting and floor to ceiling curtains.
Our Day Conference package includes:
Tea, coffee & pastries on arrival, midmorning and afternoon tea breaks,
lunch, conference facilities, basic stationary and three water refreshments
Our conference facilities seats:
* U shape: 16 pax
* School Room: 24 pax
* Cinema Style: 48 pax
* Board Room: 18 pax
Conference equipment available:
* Flat Screen Television
* DVD Player
* Wall Projecting Screen
* Flip Chart, Paper & Pens
* White Board & Markers
* Desk Lectern
* Note Pads & Pens
* LCD Projector
* The Conference & Boardroom are fully air conditioned with wall to wall carpeting and windows to windows curtains.
Amazing Kuzuko Race
This is a time based activity which takes place in the reserve. Approximately 6 clues are given with the final event taking place at the lodge/boma. May involve some hands-on nature conservation.
Potjiekos – Cook-Off
Ingredients & utensils etc supplied by the lodge. This event can either take place around the pool or at the Boma.
4X4 Course (Game viewing vehicles can be made available) This is a vehicle based activity course including activities such as vehicle recovery from a muddy dam, blind fold driving, tyre changing etc
4X4 Trial (Vehicles need to be supplied by group)
Scenic drive through mountainous area
Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo
Visit or Involvement in Kuzuko Foundation Community projects
We also partner with a number of facilitators speaking on various subjects.
Theme dinner menus available on request.
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Romantic Getaway or Anniversary
Special private romantic itineraries can be tailor-made including special treats such as:
* Romantic Turn-down including South African sparkling wine
* Continental Breakfast in Bed served in your chalet
* Private dinner inside your chalet or on your private deck
* Champagne breakfast in the bush after morning game drive
* Candlelit dinner in a private venue in the lodge
* Couples Wellness Treatment
Honeymoon Couples are in for a treat when they choose to celebrate their union at Kuzuko.
The honeymoon packages include a 30 min couples wellness treatment which you can choose to enjoy together in your chalet or in the couples therapy room. A special romantic turn-down including a bottle of South African sparkling wine will await you on return from dinner.
Depending on the duration of you stay you may choose to vary the venue of your meals.
Here are your options to choose form, just remeber to keep the weather in mind:
* Inside your chalet or on your private deck
* Continetal Champagne Breakfast in the bush after morning game drive (one per stay)
* Candlelit dinner in a private venue in the lodge
* The Lodge dining room or out door deck with romantic table set in a private nook
Kuzuko’s Wellness Centre offers a variety of treatments including speciality massages, facials, reflexology, manicures and pedicures to name but a few. Treatments can be done in the wellness centre, around the pool or in the privacy of your chalet. Couples can enjoy treatments together in the facility set up specifically for multiple treatments. This experience will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Gift Vouchers Available
* Day Visitors Welcome
* Bachelorette and Teenage Pamper Parties on Offer
* Small Group Bookings Welcome
* Pre-Booking Essential
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Children of all ages are welcome at our place of glory. We cater for their every need from child friendly decks, special kiddies menu’s, camping cots and sleeper coaches for under 12’s to a special activities program under the watchful eyes of a dedicated game ranger. The jungle gym and play area is the perfect place to shed some excess energy in a healthy way. Babysitters are also available on request for your convenience
Kids Activities on Offer:
Glorious fun in the sun pack
Includes all tools needed to make the most of all the activities on offer.
Bag, hat, activity booklet, insect repellent, bottled water and all sorts of goodies
Let the fun and games begin!
Let’s get up close and personal with all the local Goggas, Jurassic descendants and other interesting visitors and plants around the lodge. All sorts of treasures to be collected for fun art activities afterwards. – Ages 5 to 10
Do it like the Khoisan Kids did it
Experience the Karoo the Bushmen way. Explore nature and the remnants of caves and Khoisan painting gallery. Memorise the paintings to be redrawn using your paint brush made from a local plant on return to the lodge. – Ages 8 to 14
Kids on Safari
Explore our big five reserve on a private kids safari, learning about the big and the small five and all the other critters living out there. – Ages 6 to 15 or 99 its really up to you
Outdoor jungle gym, colouring, puzzles, games and fun activities on offer in a secure environment. – Up to age 5
Miserable weather, No worries – Check out our cool collection of DVDs, Wii and board games to be enjoyed in our family lounge or conference room.
Situated in a private section of the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, Kuzuko Lodge is gloriously situated high upon a hill overlooking the vast expanse of the big five reserve below.
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.
This family friendly five star bush lodge welcome’s children of all ages and caters for your child’s every need from special menus, age appropriate outdoor activities, babysitters, camping cots and much more.
Guests are housed in 24 luxurious chalets of which three are wheelchair accessible, featuring an en-suite bathroom with bath and walk in shower, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, colour television, direct dialling telephones and free WiFi. Chalets can either be made up as double or twin rooms with a sleeper coach for children under the age of 12.
The people at kuzuko made us feel so welcomed and special.