The ultimate bush getaway: Kuzuko deserves its reputation as a place of glory

BY LIANDE BARNARD - OCTOBER 22, 2015

A recent stay at Kuzuko Lodge as part of a media event on wedding locations, made it once again clear why this establishment calls itself a ‘place of glory’.

After checking in, our group was taken to the Main Lodge in one of their game-viewing vehicles – stopping at intervals to watch the various bird and antelope species at this Big Five reserve.

Entering the lodge, we received warm towels and glasses of fresh fruit juice on the deck, where we relaxed and took in the seemingly never ending mountain ranges. As we finished our drinks, complimentary hand massages were offered by their beauty therapists.

A quick tour of the Wellness Centre followed where we were given a brief description of the options on offer - from speciality massages, facials, reflexology to manicures and pedicures. Treatments can be enjoyed there, around the pool or in the privacy of your chalet and couples can also experience treatments together.

After this, we were escorted to our well-appointed luxurious chalets, where our bags had already been taken. Resting atop a hill, each chalet has a private veranda and enjoys majestic views of the reserve and a busy watering-hole below. They also have en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, TV with select satellite channels and a well-stocked mini-bar, among other amenities.

The chalets are either double or twin-bed and have comfortable sleeper couches for those travelling with kids under the age of 12 – who sleep and eat free of charge when sharing with an adult. After freshening up, we headed back to the lodge for an evening game drive.

The highlights from this informative excursion included sightings of lion, kudu, eland, springbok, warthog, buffalo and a number of birds. Our drive ended off with drinks as a beautiful sunset disappeared beyond the Karoo plains.

After all the excitement, our now hungry group tucked in to a four-course dinner that was really fit for a king. Appetisers came in the form of tomato soup, with a dash of cream, and a crisp, fresh salad as starter. For the main, we were served as part of a 4 course dinner a tender kudu fillet with vegetables and golden brown roast potatoes and for desert, a delicious pavlova.

Stuffed to the brim, we enjoyed the pleasant company at the fire place in the family lounge, before heading to our chalets were comfortable beds waited, concluding a thoroughly enjoyable day.

The next morning, we headed off to assist with a pre-arranged wedding-related photoshoot, set against Kuzuko’s breath-taking views as a backdrop. With the shoot complete and everyone’s appetites ready, we headed to the restaurant for breakfast.

Again, all our expectations were exceeded with breakfast. We placed our orders and helped ourselves to their buffet of yogurts, nuts, fruit, honey, a variety of breads, and much more. Soon our food arrived cooked to perfection, with lots of flavour; we ate every last crumb.

Sadly, afterwards, we had to say goodbye to my new paradise. I will be returning there soon. To book your stay, call 079 521 7490/1/2 or visit them at www.kuzuko.com.