About Kuzuko

Kuzuko Lodge, a five star, luxury resort based in the spectacular Eastern Cape Province, welcomed its first guests in Nov 2007. It is an innovative eco-tourism and empowerment project, having rehabilitated around 39,000 acres of land and creating employment in an area with a 70% unemployment rate. This “Big-Five” safari park is managed by Legacy Hotels and Resorts International and has been contractually incorporated into the Addo Elephant National Park.

  • Located in Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
  • Malaria-free zone
  • “Big Five”
  • Around 39,000 acres fenced
  • Current 80+ direct jobs created in a region of 70% unemployment
  • Created approximately 250 jobs to date
  • The Luxury Lodge opened in Nov 2007 and is managed by Legacy
  • Combines job creation, conservation and transformation


Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the official opening of Kuzuko Lodge (2008)


Game viewing with Saracens the bull elephant

More Information

Legacy Website
Kuzuko History
Kuzuko Website

Environment and Conservation

Ecotourism vs Livestock Farming

  • Increased income from R100/hectare (livestock farming) to R2000/hectare (Ecotoursim)
  • Create 3.5 times more jobs
  • Paid 5.7 times higher average wages
  • Additional employments benefits
  • Improved housing
  • Extensive skills training
  • Share ownership (Workers trust)
  • 10 tourists create 1 new job

Social Metrics (Values in ZAR)

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Direct Employees: 47 48 42 29 34 30 51 46 42 25 12 12
Men: 22 22 19 12 13 16 32 30 32 23 10 10
Women: 25 26 23 17 21 14 19 16 10 2 2 2
Av Monthly income(excl managers)* 3839 3634 3349 3187 2790 2788 3522 3100 2800 1860 1800 R1800
Fixed term & casual workers 20 20 16 10 10 10
Av monthly income casual workers 3076 2900 2692 2496 2323 2209
Contractors 65 72 120 150
Av monthly income per contractor 2205 2000 2500 2300
Number of Beneficiaries 357 362 309 208 235 213 590 200 180 725 810 50
Total tax paid per annum 148460 122036 880055 70771 52435 64868 170623 138640 47285
Standard Housing* 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 70% 70% 60% 60% 30% 20%
Children in tertiary education 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 2 2 1 1 1
Employees owning houses 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 5 5 4 2 2
Employees owning cars 4 2 1 1 1 1 6 6 5 3 2 2

*Housing with indoor bathroom, flush toilet, clean tap water, electricity and solar panel
 

Partners

  • South Africa National Parks (SANP) – Game Management
  • Legacy Hotels – Leading 5-star hospitality group in SA
  • Development Bank South Africa (DBSA)
  • Workers Trust
  • Mayor & Blue Crane Municipality Council