Cycads, or as we know them in Afrikaans, Broodbome, (all Encephalartos species and Stangeria eriopus) are the most threatened plant group in South Africa. They are also one of the most threatened groups of plants in the world. In South Africa almost 70% of our cycad species are threatened with extinction, with four species on … Continue reading Mountainside cycads at Kuzuko
Over the Zuurberg mountains in the southern part of the Eastern Cape's Karoo Heartland lies a place of glory. That bit should actually be written with caps as Kuzuko Lodge's slogan is Place of Glory. Most game reserves are located in a part of the province where lush subtropical thicket vegetation is prevalent which makes … Continue reading Going on a game drive at Kuzuko Lodge
It's a lazy and hot Friday morning at Kuzuko Lodge. The sun's already baking down without a cloud in the sky. The pride spots a kudu and the two female take the lead in the hunt. It's a patient wait watching it through the spekboom as it stands browsing unaware. Then the chase is on. … Continue reading Yawn!
Kuzuko Lodge in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park is one of my favorite lodges to visit. Because its on the Karoo side of the Zuurberg mountains the animal sightings may be slightly less than on the coastal side, but I have had some magnificent encounters and combined with their lodge and service it has been … Continue reading My Kuzuko cheetah experience
A game drive through a reserve with predators are all about watching live game but more often than not one would encounter the remains of not so live game. During our sundowner stop on a game drive at Kuzuko Lodge I found this lone skull out in the open very interesting. Probably a kudu skull … Continue reading Antelope skull
Succulents always surprise me with the beautiful flowers that they produce specially when they grow in dry and arid areas. The flowering succulent in the picture was growing next to the path to our room at Kuzuko Lodge in the northern part of the Addo Elephant National Park.After reading the post, Alan Fogarty of Alan … Continue reading Succulent flowers at Kuzuko
You don't kick a lion kill out from behind every bush and very few people have had the opportunity to see the actual kill take place. What you do get though are the remains of those kills. Bones picked clean and bleached white by the sun.
On a recent visit to Kuzuko Lodge in the greater Addo Elephant National Park we had some amazing sightings. The afternoon game drive started with a close up sighting of their two male lions before we encountered a herd of elephants in a valley close to the lodge. The matriarch put up a spectacular mock charge what … Continue reading Mock charge
What is the difference between visiting a game reserve and a zoo? At a zoo the animals are kept in enclosures with little freedom and visitors are guaranteed to see them although the sightings include walls, buildings, fences and cages. At a game reserve you will see the animals in their natural environment and as they are free to … Continue reading Game sightings at Kuzuko Lodge
Kuzuko Lodge, a private concession in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, sits on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. It has beautiful views down the valley and beyond, but I would like to share a picture of the lodge taken from the valley while we were on our afternoon game drive