I decided to spend a special birthday away from home with some friends and decided on going to Thunzi Bush Lodge. I booked the Hornbill self-catering chalet as well as the Turaco Suite. The Hornbill chalet is very spacious and has breathtaking views of the indigenous forest and wetland. It was wonderfully peaceful and we thoroughly enjoyed our private boma where we could make our own fire and enjoy a braai without being interrupted by anyone. The chalet was very clean and tidy and had all the necessity's expected. It does have DSTV Select with plenty of channels, but we didn't watch too much as we were far more interested in doing the forest walk and bass fishing. I can highly recommend the self-catering chalet for families.
On the day of our departure we decided to have breakfast at the main lodge and the staff were very friendly and made an effort to make my birthday special. The breakfast was delicious and what made it extra nice was the fact that we sat outside on the balcony which has a lovely view of the estate. Just before leaving we all had a swim in the "lazy lizard" pool which was very refreshing and once again stunning views.
The best thing about Thunzi is that all the chalets are completely private and nestled in the forest. These aren't ordinary log chalets that are rickety, they are very well built, sturdy and well maintained.
All the main guest areas (dining room, lounge, bar, etc) are well away from the chalets and this lends itself to not interfere with the guests "living" area. If you aren't feeling up to a quick walk to the main lodge from your chalet you can drive up. For us we had to work off our breakfast so we opted to walk :)
I will be back. Thanks William, Bettie, Sbongile and the Thunzi Staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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! ... more less
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