Thunzi Bush Lodge B&B or Self Catering Port Elizabeth

Thunzi Bush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering / Wedding Venue at Maitland Road, Maitlands, Port Elizabeth, 6018, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

About Thunzi Bush Lodge

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.


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 self-catering chalets, each with its own private forest deck and magical view of the wetland and forest.

Options at Thunzi include the following chalets
• Two one-bedroom chalets - luxuriously furnished en-suite chalet with full bathroom (oval bath for two & glass shower), fully-equipped compact kitchen with fridge, gas hob and convection/microwave oven and private balcony with spectacular views of the indigenous forest and wetlands.

• One superior One-bedroom suite - Luxuriously furnished one bedroom chalet with full bathroom (oval bath for two and glass shower), fully-equipped kitchen with fridge, gas hob and convection/microwave oven, lounge and private balcony with spectacular views of the indigenous forest and wetlands.

• One Superior Two-bedroom self-catering chalet - Comfortably furnished two bedroom (double & twin) family self-catering chalet comprising of full bathroom (bath & separate shower), lounge, & dining area with fully equipped open plan full kitchen. The private balcony leads from the lounge which offers breath-taking views of the indigenous forest and wetlands.

• One Superior Three Bedroom self-catering chalet - Comfortably furnished three bedroom family self-catering chalet comprising of two bathrooms (main en-suite - full bathroom with oval bath & separate double shower, additional bathroom with shower only), lounge with fully equipped open plan kitchen. The private balcony leads from the lounge and two bedrooms offering breath-taking views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. A highlight for this chalet is its own private undercover braai area where family and friends can sit around a cosy fire and enjoy their drinks while having a braai (barbeque). (This chalet will only be available from 01 June 2013).

All chalets 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, waffle weaved dressing gowns, air-conditioning, tea/coffee amenities and biscuits, 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.


Thunzi offers a variety of activities namely, bird watching, fishing tackle for the challenge of exciting Bass fishing, shady forest & beach walks, sand boards for the Giant Sand Dunes only 3km from Thunzi and even relaxing Spa therapies in the privacy of your own chalet. Our swimming pool, the “Lazy Lizard,” is also a perfect excuse to soak up the sun in true lounging fashion.

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.

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 30 minute drive, you have access to a variety of game and wildlife attractions, modern shopping malls, and many other attractions.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom (shared)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance

Accreditations (as claimed by Thunzi Bush Lodge)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
AA Quality Assured Accommodation SuperiorHand Picked by SA-Venues.comRecommended on TripAdvisor

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -33.979628
Longitude: 25.320384

Closest airport(s)
Port Elizabeth Airport - 30km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Listed on
August 2004 - 23 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Thank you all for a memorable honeymoon experience - you were great hosts and we had a wonderful time - the place is just beautiful! (ps-food was also...

Jill & Mark, RSA Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners

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