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Thunzi Bush Lodge

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From R1495 per Unit



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.

Accommodation available on a Self-Catering option.

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

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 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 forest deck and magical view of the wetland and forest. All chalets are exquisitely furnished comprising of full bathroom (large oval bath & separate shower) with heated towel rail, Infra Red heaters, lounge with tea/coffee amenities as well as DSTV Select

Health Breakfast Basket serves two people for R110.00 - Enjoy a quiet, undisturbed breakfast basket on your balcony where you can watch wildlife from a colourful spectacular of the Turaco birds to glistening bush buck in the morning sunlight. Basket serves 2 people.

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, glasses, a wine of your choice and of course a gourmet delight when it comes to the food!
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Picnics offered every day of the week from 12pm. R175.00 per person (excludes alcohol, alcohol and coldrinks to be bought from Thunzi Bush Lodge)

Thunzi offers a variety of activities namely, bird watching, bass fishing, shady forest & beach walks, sand boarding on the nearby beach, 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

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 medicinal 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.


Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Non-Smoking
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television

On Site Facilities

Local Facilities

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beauty
  • Biking
  • Entertainment
  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Golf Course
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Tours




  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Average Response Time: 7 hours
  • Tourism Grading Council:
  • ****
  • Cards accepted by this establishment
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.

Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction Award. Based on reviews of establishments in Maitlands, Thunzi Bush Lodge has been voted Best Establishment in Maitlands for 2016Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction Award. Based on reviews of establishments in Maitlands, Thunzi Bush Lodge has been voted Best Establishment in Maitlands for 2015


Thunzi Bush Lodge, Maitland Road, Maitand, 6017

Map Thunzi Bush Lodge in Maitlands  Port Elizabeth  Cacadu (Sarah Baartman)  Eastern Cape  South Africa

Guest Comments

What an awesome place to get away. Loved the tranquil setting and the privacy offered. Staff wonderful and friendly

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