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Thunzi Bush Lodge

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Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Maitland

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R695

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Ultimate exclusivity 25km from Port Elizabeth! Charming wooden chalets with private decks merging luxury, supreme style, spaciousness and comfort for the enthusiastic nature lover. Relax at our award winning swimming pool, experience our friendly staff and many interesting activities.
Thunzi in isiXhosa, the local African language, means “in the shade” describing a typical lazy afternoon in the forest valley. This tranquil sanctuary of coastal forest can be found in the Malaria free Eastern Cape Province nestled at the base of a 44 hectare (100 Acres) private valley overlooking the pristine and lush De Stades river wetland. Conveniently situated en-route to Cape Town only 25km from the friendly City of Port Elizabeth and 2km from the untouched Maitland Beach perfectly positions Thunzi as a charming natural destination to complete a scenic Garden Route adventure. This unforgettable property reflects the magic of Africa ensuring supreme relaxation, superior accommodation, friendly hospitality and an endless source of interesting activities.

“Just when you think you have seen the best and experienced the ultimate you arrive at this paradise.” Fred Orban, Boggomsbaai, South Africa

ACCOMMODATION:
Combining an expression of natural design ideas gathered from years of travel in Africa by the owners Mark and Trenwyth Pledger resulted in the creation of a collection of charming natural wooden self-catering chalets merging luxury, supreme style, spaciousness and comfort for the enthusiastic nature lover.
Let your soul revitalise to the peaceful sounds of the African bush in the quiet privacy of one of these luxury chalets, each with its own private boma and forest deck that provides a magical view of the wetland and forest. All chalets are exquisitely furnished comprising fully-equipped compact kitchens with fridges, gas hobs and convection/microwave ovens.
Added extras for your convenience include LCD flat screen, various DSTV channels, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping services and laundry facilities.

Options at Thunzi include the following chalets:
The Nguni Self-Catering Chalet (sleeps 6)
Comfortably furnished three bedroom family self-catering chalet comprising of two bathrooms (main en-suite - full bathroom with oval bath & separate double shower, additional bathroom with shower only), lounge with fully equipped open plan full kitchen. The private balcony leads from the lounge and two bedrooms offering breath-taking views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. A highlight for this chalet is its own private undercover braai area where family and friends can sit around a cosy fire and enjoy their drinks while having a braai (barbeque). Added extras for your convenience include LCD flat screen, various DSTV channels, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping services and laundry facilities
The Hornbill Self-Catering Chalet (sleeps 4)
Comfortably furnished two bedroom (double & twin) family self-catering chalet comprising of full bathroom (bath & separate shower), lounge, & dining area with fully equipped open plan full kitchen. The private balcony leads from the lounge which offers breath-taking views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. A highlight for this chalet is its own private boma area situated in the indigenous forest where family and friends can sit around a cosy fire and enjoy their drinks while having a braai (barbeque). Added extras for your convenience include LCD flat screen, various DSTV channels, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping services and laundry facilities.
Turaco Deluxe Self-Catering Suite(sleeps 2)
Luxuriously furnished one bedroom chalet with full bathroom (oval bath for two and glass shower), fully-equipped kitchen with fridge, gas hob and convection/microwave oven, lounge and private balcony with spectacular views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. Added extras for your convenience include LCD flat screen, various DSTV channels, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping services and laundry facilities.
Luxury Heron & Narina Self-Catering Chalet (sleeps 2)
The Heron & Narina chalets are both luxuriously furnished en-suite chalets with full bathroom (oval bath for two & glass shower), fully-equipped compact kitchen with fridge, gas hob and convection/microwave oven and private balcony with spectacular views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. Added extras for your convenience include LCD flat screen, various DSTV channels, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping services and laundry facilities.

GOURMET PICNICS
Enjoy an afternoon out in the country where you will be surrounded by indigenous forest and bird song. Bask in the afternoon sun on a blanket and soft cushions with your picnic laid out before you...napkins, cutlery, crockery and of course a gourmet delight when it comes to the food!
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Picnics offered Tuesdays to Sundays from 12pm. R175.00 per person (excludes alcohol, alcohol and coldrinks to be bought from Thunzi Bush Lodge)

ACTIVITIES & SURROUNDINGS:
Thunzi offers a variety of activities namely, bird watching,fishing tackle hire for the challenge of exciting Bass fishing ,shady forest & beach walks, sand boarding and even relaxing Spa therapies in the privacy of your own chalet. Our elevated award winning swimming pool the “Lazy Lizard” is also a perfect excuse to soak up the sun in true lounging fashion.
While most of the Estate is classified as Coastal Indigenous Forest, the close proximity of Grassland, Acacia Thicket and the De Stades River Wetland, creates an ideal eco-diversity for bird watching and indigenous game viewing. The lodge supports abundant wildlife with over three hundred and fifty-two bird species having been listed in the area, including many elusive species such as the Narina Trogon, African Rail, Grey Sunbird and the often heard Buff-Spotted and Red-Chested Flufftails.

You are always assured of seeing the colourful Knysna Turaco, our signature bird, with its magnificent crimson and green plumage.
Enchanted Forest walks on the reserve provide access to the dense indigenous coastal forest where a natural life of wild orchids, tagged trees, the rare Blue Duiker antelope, Bushbuck and Vervet Monkeys can be spotted.
The lodge is also situated on the doorstep of the Maitland Nature Reserve, a 127 hectare property comprising of three nature trails ranging from 3Km to 11 Km, with the famous giant Maitland sand dunes and pristine shores of Maitland Beach a mere 2km away.

While it is easy to immerse yourself entirely in the natural beauty of Thunzi Bush Lodge, it is also amazing to know that within a 30 minute drive, you have access to a variety of game and wildlife attractions, modern shopping malls, cultural tours, museums and many other attractions.

OWNERS BACKGROUND:
After an adventurous working experience in Africa Mark & Trenwyth Pledger privately established Thunzi Bush Lodge in February 2004. After acquiring the 44 hectares (100Acres) of unkempt land in 2002, they set out to transform the property from scratch. Complimenting each others skills by utilizing Mark’s Mechanical Engineering and Construction experience and Trenwyth’s hospitable service background, together they uniquely created Thunzi Bush Lodge to its pristine state that it is today.
Contact / ReservationsThunzi Bush Lodge


Alternatively contact the TOURISM call centre on +27 (0) 41 582 2575

Type :
Bush Lodge, Chalets, Cottages, Honeymoon Venues, Lodges, Luxury Retreats, Self-Catering

MAP

Latitude : -33° 58' 37.19" S | Longitude : 25° 19' 18.68" E

Directions
Satellite co-ordinates: S 33° 58,493’ E 25° 19,190’
Directions from PE Airport:
On leaving airport turn left at Traffic Circle into Allister Miller Drive. When you get to the traffic lights turn left into Heugh Road. Stay on Heugh Road for 25km (changes into Buffelsfontein Road then Seaview Road. After approx 3-4km on entering Seaview seaside village turn left into Elizabeth Road (Spar opposite). Elizabeth Road changes into Maitland Road. Remain on this road for 9km. Look for the Thunzi Bush Lodge 100m road side and slow down for a sharp turn left into entrance gate.

Directions from Port Elizabeth N2 National Road:
Exit PE on the N2 towards Cape Town. On exiting drive for 8km and then take the Seaview/Greenbushes off-ramp. At end of off-ramp turn left into Seaview Road. Travel on this road for 3km. Turn right into De Stades Road. Travel on this road for 6km. Turn left into Maitland Road. After 500m turn right into Thunzi Bush Lodge entrance Gate.

Directions from Garden Route:
Thunzi Bush Lodge is approximately 70km from Humansdorp. When you have driven past the Humansdorp turn-off on the N2 drive for 60km. Take the Blue Horizon Bay off-ramp. Turn right and go over the bridge (N2 underneath) and travel on this road for 3km. When you get to the 4 way crossing turn left into Draaifontein Road. Travel for another 3km. At stop street turn right into De Stades Road. Travel for 3km. Turn Right into Maitland road. After 500m turn right into Thunzi Bush Lodge entrance gate.

Services

Groups Accepted Yes
Max Group Size 16
Min Group Size 2
Group Description Group must be able to share to accommodate 16 guests. Non sharing can accommodate 8 guests
Car Parking Available Yes
Bus Parking Available Yes
Day Visitors Allowed Yes
Smoking Areas Yes
Children Allowed Yes
Children Facilities Yes
Children Facility Detail Forest & Beach Walks, Bass Fishing, Sand Boarding, Swimming
Infant Facilities Yes
Infant Facility Detail Camping Cot
Medical Facilities Yes
Medical Facility Detail We will be able to contact emergency services if necessary

Experience

Accommodation

Type
Bush Lodge
Chalets
Cottages
Honeymoon Venues
Lodges
Luxury Retreats
Self-Catering

Utilities

Body, mind and spirit
Aroma therapy
Massage

Business
Fax
Internet access
Travel arrangements

Catering
Braai facilities
Breakfast provided at additional cost
Catering - functions
Choice of menu
Gas cooking
Liquor license
Picnic baskets by arrangements
Refreshments

Financial
American Express
Diners Card
Master Card
Visa Card

General
Arranged activities / programs
Central air-conditioning
Central heating
Fishing
Golf
Groceries shop / spar
Guided tours
Hiking trails
Nature walks
Owners do not live on premisis
Petrol station
Swimming pool -outdoor
Whale watching

Room Attributes
24 hour check in
Air conditioner in room
Bath
Electrical points
Fan in room
Ground floor rooms
Heaters in rooms
Honey moon suites
Microwave
Non Smoking Rooms
Radios in room
Safety deposit boxes
Separate entrance
Shower
Tea / coffee in rooms
Television in rooms
TV - DSTV connection

Services
Airport service / transfers
Baby sitting
Baggage holdings
Clothes drying facilities
Cots
Daily cleaning service – no charge
Ironing facilities
Laundry
Parking

Languages

South African
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa