Thunzi Bush Lodge

Eastern Cape

Rooms: 6: all self-catering: Kingfisher family chalet: 2 queens, en-s bath & shr, kitchen, lounge; Nguni family chalet: 3 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, en-s bath & shr; Hornbill family chalet: 2 bedrooms (qu & twin), kitchen, lounge, en-s bath & shr; Turaco luxury suite: qu bedroom, kitchen, lounge, en-s bath & shr; 2 luxury chalets (Heron & Narina), twin/king, kitchenette, en-s bath & shr. All chalets have air-con, DSTV Select, own area for braais.

Prices: Self-catering: R835 – R3,000 per chalet.
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Meals: Gourmet picnics offered Tues - Sun from R195 – R450 per person.

Directions: Take the exit marked Seaview from the N2. Thunzi Bush Lodge is signed after exit. More detailed directions can be emailed on request. GPS Co-ordinates: S 33° 58’ 43,6” E 25° 19’ 11,1”

GPS: S 33 58,493' E 25 19,190'

Mark and Trenwyth Pledger
Maitland Road, Maitlands, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Tel: (0)72-597-4810
Cell: (0)60-577-3327
Fax: (0)86-5030-698
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Ex-engineer Mark has been building tree-houses since he was three (well, as soon as he could co-ordinate his hands with any intricacy) and Thunzi’s flawlessly-planned and -finished chalets are solid, standing proof of his skill. Many personal touches are integrated within; baths wrapped in wooden decking, sinks stationed on sealed, sniffle-free sneeze-wood (strangely enough, a beautiful wood that makes you sneeze when you work with it); and a medley of wholesome games and entertainments. The completely private cabins, linked only by gravel walkways, peep timidly through indigenous forest onto the De Stades River Wetlands where an abundance of birds have been listed. Over 352 wacky-named species flock to this eco-diverse area where coastal forest, thicket and wetlands meet (try narina trogon, African rail, Knysna loerie and the often-heard buff-spotted and red-chested flufftails for size). Take a night walk through the forest and you'll be greeted by a hypnotic symphony of nocturnal sounds and even a few wandering antelope. By day relaxation comes easy (the spa packages sound blissful), but should you want a little more activity simply pop down the road to Maitland's impressive duned beach, the most isolated and untouched Port Elizabeth has to offer. Here you can hike, snorkel, whale-watch or sand-board (oh yes - the dunes really are that big). Personally a lamp-lit dinner beneath the star-lined silhouette of canopy would be enough, but I suppose one really should work up an appetite first.

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Thunzi Bush Lodge
Narina Chalet
Nguni lounge and fully equipped kitchen
Nguni main bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Turaco fully equipped kitchen
Picnics offered Tue-Sun R175pp
Views from Heron Chalet
Turaco bathroom with oval bath & shower
Hornbill lounge with fully equipped kitchen
Narina Log Chalet
Narina Chalet Kitchenette
Kingfisher Chalet 1st Bedroom