The tented camp, under a canopy of Mopane trees, is as close as you can get to bush heaven. The watering hole is 30 metres from the lodge and whether you are enjoying an outdoor shower, sitting on the deck with a sundowner or having a Tsala massage in the open tent, you will hear them ‘elephant talk’ – the occasional playful locking of tusks, snorts, trumpets, barks and other elephant chats.
Which means it can get pretty cacophonous when a herd of 200 elephants gathers at the watering hole and plays pool. Babies, teenagers and adults congregate from dawn to dusk, drinking their fill, creating their own water fountains and covering themselves in mud packs for the hot summer days.
Kuzuma has 7 luxury tented suites (including one family suite) built to blend with the unspoilt natural environment, all facing the bushveld and designed for utter privacy. Your personal butler/host, both attentive and unobtrusive, will ensure that your expectations are not only met, but exceeded.
As isolated as Kuzuma is and considering it’s 100% off the grid, the meals are top notch, whether it’s in the elegant dining room open to the gentle Bushveld breeze, in the Boma around the fire or a private dinner next to the pool under the stars.
It is from this nirvana that you can explore the famous Chobe National Park and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River where Bostwana and Namibia meet. As you float gently you will witness the elephants having a last dip in the burnt-orange tinted water; listen to the haunting lament of fish eagles, see plovers, lapwings, jacanas, osprey, the inevitable ducks and geese and the tiny, but colourful, malachite kingfisher. It is a game watcher’s and twitcher’s paradise.
The most endearing part of the time spent in Kuzuma is the freedom to do nothing.
The halcyon days move seamlessly into each other and soon the idea of NOT having the elephants on your doorstep becomes completely alien. The slow drive on the rutted track back to the airport is a little like saying farewell to your new best friends.