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Thunzi Bush Lodge

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Thunzi in isiXhosa means "in the shade," describing a typical lazy afternoon in the forest valley. This tranquil sanctuary of coastal forest can be found 20 minutes West of Port Elizabeth and is nestled at the base of a 44 hectare private valley overlooking a pristine and lush river wetland. Luxury 4* Self-catering Chalets are fully equipped and have their own private boma's nestled under a milkwood/acacia tree in the indigenous forest where family and friends can gather and enjoy a few drinks and braai (barbeque). Added extras for your convenience include various DSTV select, dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities, mini chocolates, heating, hair dryer, daily housekeeping service and laundry facilities. There is a free Wi-Fi hotspot at the reception area and cellphone reception throughout the estate. Guests can enjoy bird watching, bass fishing, forest walks, spa treatments as well as beach walks and sand boarding at the Maitland Beach only 3km from Thunzi. Gourmet picnics are on offer Tuesdays to Sundays and you don't have to be an overnight guest to enjoy this - day visitors more than are welcome!
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free Internet
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Outdoor pool
Paid Internet
Paid Wifi
Public Wifi
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Room features
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Great View
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Offers & Announcements:Mid-Week - 20% off rate
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Popular mentions
From our arrival until was time to say goodbye it was really great. We went just to relax after a busy season and this was the perfect place. Service was great, rooms were clean and spacious. Beautiful view and environment. Lots of birds.
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Response from Calkyva, Owner at Thunzi Bush Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Ruleen Thank you for your review. It is always a pleasure to read about a guest who thoroughly enjoyed their stay and the natural environment that Thunzi Bush Lodge offers. I'm glad that the birds behaved themselves and came out to show off! We hope to see you soon.
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Property's Favorite Review
What a hidden jewel! Our family stay at Thunzi lodge was a super experience for all of us. The very well maintained lodge is is nestled in a lush forest near Maitland's mouth. There are a few tranquil dams where one can get quiet and in touch with nature again. Fishing is also
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Response from Calkyva, Owner at Thunzi Bush Lodge
Responded Jul 28, 2018
Dear Derrick Thank you so much for your review. Thunzi Bush Lodge is truly a hidden gem and we are privelaged to share it with the world. We do our utmost best to maintain high standards and our staff are always happy to assist where they can, so it is always lovely reading a review that mentions these two things. We are so pleased that your whole family enjoyed their stay and we look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Regards, The Thunzi Team
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The rooms were very well furnished and clean, the environment was a relaxing one.The administration was very helpfhelpful and all is available.The only problem that need to solved is your drainage. It's a great getaway for families and couples as well.
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Response from Calkyva, Owner at Thunzi Bush Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review and positive comments as well as recommendation. We had a problem with the family chalet and tried our best to sort the drainage out as quick as we could but due to it being over a period that most companies were closed it was difficult to get it sorted out immediately. We did have to blow out the drains and I am happy to say that it was all sorted out as quickly as we could. We thank you for your understanding. Thunzi Bush Lodge is a wonderful stay for couples as well as families, we have a variety of chalets to accommodate different requirements, so thank you for mentioning this. We hope to see you at Thunzi sometime soon.
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Come in and feel home, perfect stay for a party of four! The view were incredible and die Lodges are like little homes, with all the stuff you need. Thanks for the lovely stay to all the staffs of Thunzis!
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Response from Calkyva, Owner at Thunzi Bush Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We try our best to offer a home away from home experience and to make sure that the chalets are always kept neat and tidy, so we are pleased to read that you enjoyed it all! We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.
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My husband and I booked a day picnic at Thunzi Bush Lodge. We wanted to have a "relaxing holiday experience" without having to travel too far - and we weren't disappointed at all! Asanda welcomed us at Reception and walked us to our picnic spot, which is a sheltered boma
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Response from Calkyva, Owner at Thunzi Bush Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your picnic review. We are always happy to read about guests that enjoyed their experience and the beautiful surroundings that Thunzi Bush Lodge has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you as an overnight guest in the near future.
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It is about 5 km from the new mall.
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"Staying longer than one night ? consider choosing a larger chalet so you have more space. Heron is comfortable but not spacious."
"Free wifi only available at the Reception area."
"All rooms are outstanding"
"Nguni chalet great option if you need 3 rooms, ideal option for up to 6 adults"
"This is a bush lodge, so you get an entire cottage!"
$90 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaEastern CapePort Elizabeth
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