Thunzi Bush Lodge - Port Elizabeth, Sunshine Coast

Port Elizabeth Accommodation
Port Elizabeth, Sunshine Coast

Thunzi Bush Lodge

Port Elizabeth, Sunshine Coast - Accommodation

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Thunzi Bush Lodge in Port Elizabeth

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 private valley overlooking the pristine and lush De Stades river wetland.

Conveniently situated en route to Cape Town only 25 km from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and two kilometres from the untouched Maitland Beach, Thunzi is perfectly positioned as a charming natural destination to complete a scenic Garden Route adventure. For those that enjoy the outdoors, this unforgettable property reflects the magic of Africa ensuring supreme relaxation, superior accommodation and friendly hospitality.

We offer two one-bedroom self-catering chalets, one superior one-bedroom self-catering suite, one superior two-bedroom self-catering chalet, two-bedroom en-suite self-catering chalet, and one superior three-bedroom self-catering chalet.

You can 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, and of course a gourmet delight when it comes to the food! Bookings are essential, picnics are offered Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm and exclude alcohol, but alcohol and coldrinks can be bought from Thunzi Bush Lodge.

Thunzi offers a variety of activities, namely bird watching, a fishing tackle for the challenge of exciting bass fishing, shady forest and beach walks, sand boards for the Giant Sand Dunes only three kilometres from Thunzi and even relaxing spa therapies in the privacy of your own chalet.

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 and of course a gourmet delight when it comes to the food!

Our 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, red-chested and striped 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 three to eleven kilometres, with the famous giant Maitland sand dunes and pristine shores of Maitland Beach a mere two kilometres 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 15 minute drive, you have access to a variety of game and wildlife attractions, modern shopping malls, and many other attractions.

Facilities & Activities nearby:

Facilities available at Thunzi Bush Lodge,Port Elizabeth, Sunshine Coast

  • Available Next Weekend
  • Available This Weekend
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Cosy
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Womens Day Weekend
Activities Nearby
  • 4 X 4 Trails
  • Bicycle Touring
  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Climbing - Traditional
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Fishing - Freshwater
  • Fishing - Saltwater
  • Gliding - Traditional
  • Hang Gliding
  • Horse Riding
  • Kite-Surfing
  • Quad Biking
  • Sailing - Yacht Charters
  • Sand Boarding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Scuba/Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 25° 19' 18.8" E / 33° 58' 37.1" S

By Car / Driving

Driving to Thunzi Bush Lodge in Port Elizabeth, Sunshine Coast

Departing: Port Elizabeth Airport
Address: Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), 21 Boeing Street, Port Elizabeth, 6011, South Africa
Distance: 0.5 km / Duration: 34 mins
1.Head east0.4 km
2.At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Allister Miller Dr
Go through 1 roundabout
1.4 km
3.Turn left onto Forest Hill N/B Rd0.8 km
4.Turn right onto Walmer Blvd/M90.6 km
5.Turn left onto Settlers Hwy/M4 (signs for R75/Grahamstown/Uitenhage/City)6.1 km
6.Take exit 751A to merge onto N2 toward M8/Kempston Road/Cape Town20.5 km
7.Take exit 730 for Sea View toward M15/Greenbushes0.6 km
8.Turn left onto Seaview Rd3.3 km
9.Slight right onto De Stades Rd/Draaifontein Rd5.4 km
10.Turn left onto M9
Destination will be on the right
0.5 km

Nearest Airport & Flights

Port Elizabeth Airport - Port Elizabeth

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Port Elizabeth International Airport was established in 1929 and each year it has more than one million passengers making it the fourth busiest airport in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth International Airport is three kilometres away from the city centre or a ten-minute drive and is close to the South Eastern side of Algoa Bay. Its former name was the H. F. Verwoerd Airport.

Reviews for Thunzi Bush Lodge

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An amazing peacefull experience

review by Robin Meyers

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Room cleaning poor - Bed was not properly made the second night and there was no tea available on the second morning.Facilities excellent.

review by malies hoffman

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Awesome experience. Staff was very friendly and helpful and we had the most relaxing weekend. Thank you

review by Magna van Blerk

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What a excellent place to take your wife for a romantic getaway. Absolutely stunning with breathtaking views.

review by Eugene van Blerk

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thank you once again for the lovely weekend. we always enjoy comming back.

review by MARIETJIE Stander

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Went for a wedding, awesome venue in the wilderness.

review by Hilton Lascelles

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This place is beautiful - and so conveniently close to Port Elizabeth.

review by Chantal Bezuidenhout

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Friendly staff upon check in, very clean and comfortable accommodation. Beautiful surroundings and unique private picnic spots. Perfect for a romantic getaway

review by Melissa Saunders

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Fantastic weekend away.Feels like you are far away from city, when in reality you are just outside. Great private chalets.Picnic is a must.

review by Riana Nel

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Taking the drive down to Maitlands you already have the sense that you are leaving the city. Once we pulled into Thunzi Bush Lodge i knew i had "arrived". we had a picnic at one of their stunning spots and in one simple word it is transcending. With a little canopy section in the woods, blankets, pillows and an incredible gourmet picnic it would make anyone feel like a "whose who". i can fully understand why so many people get engaged here, it is enchanting

review by nicol leverment

"Just a wonderful stay...."

Extremely friendly and helpful staff, particularly the ladies at the reception. Nothing was too much for them.Also the accommodation was just great and everything to our satisfaction. We would definitely use Thunzi Bush Lodge again whenever we come back to SA.

review by Anonymous

"The perfect place to unwind"

We chose Thunzi for its isolation for the last 2 days of our holiday. The accommodation, the service and the monkeys were all great! We would happily stay here again.

review by Kate Hayden, United Kingdom

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