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Thunzi Chalets – Renovated and Winter Ready!
04 . 05 . 2023

Over the past two years, Thunzi Bush Lodge has undergone significant growth and upgrades, including rebranding, a website revamp, the introduction of woodfired hot tubs, and a unique stargazing dome. And we felt it fit to renovate our existing chalets. We introduce the same chalets, just with a fresh new look! These chalets offer one to three carefully designed bedrooms to prioritize guests’ comfort and privacy.

All the chalets are equipped for self-catering and have a private braai area and fire pit, providing the perfect place for relaxation. The chalets’ interiors are thoughtfully designed to give a luxurious bush feel that reflects Thunzi’s distinct character and tranquil location. In addition, Thunzi chalets come equipped with heated towel rails, tea/coffee amenities, DSTV Holiday Package, Netflix, Unlimited WIFI, dressing gowns, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, heating, hair dryers, and laundry facilities (charged) to cater to guests’ needs.


Authentic Bush Ambience

Our owner and founder, Trenwyth Pledger, said all the inspiration for the chalet renovations started in lockdown, and she loved working on this project. Trenwyth said, “The Lodge strives to remain up to date with current trends while preserving an authentic bush ambiance. Apart from the Hornbill chalet, all chalets’ furnishings have been restored, creating a fresh and invigorating atmosphere. Local artists’ artwork, including Matthew Bell and Lilly Bell from Cape Town, have been framed on the walls, which gives guests unique pieces to admire. The succulent vases and indoor pot plants also add a touch of nature to the interior design, which combines indoor and outdoor elements. Our freshly renovated chalets are ready to be enjoyed by you and your family.”

Heron & Narina Chalets

The Heron and Narina chalets are luxurious one-bedroomed cabins with full en-suite bathrooms, including an oval bath and a separate shower, perfect for a couple’s getaway! French doors open from the bedroom onto a private balcony that offers stunning views of the indigenous forest and wetlands. The chalets also have fully equipped kitchenettes with a fridge, gas hob, and a convection/microwave oven.

Turaco Suite

If you are looking for romantic accommodation for you and your better half, our Turaco Suite is just that and more! A luxury one-bedroomed suite with a private wood-fired hot tub, a full bathroom with an oval bath for two and a shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge, and a private balcony with an air hammock.


Hornbill Log Cabin

For a friend or family getaway, our Hornbil log chalet is ideal! A Comfortable two-bedroomed self-catering chalet with a lounge, dining area, an open-plan kitchen, a full bathroom with a bath and separate shower, and a private balcony providing breathtaking views of the Maitland forest. One of the highlights of this chalet is its private boma area in the indigenous forest, where family and friends can gather around a cosy fire and enjoy drinks while having a braai.

Kingfisher Chalet

The Kingfisher is a comfortably furnished two-bedroom family self-catering chalet with a private woodfired hot tub comprising of two bedrooms with open-plan bathrooms (separate toilets) and a lounge with a fully equipped open-plan kitchen. The chalet offers stunning views, which can be enjoyed from the private undercover patio while having a traditional South African braai or relaxing in the hot tub.

Nguni Chalet

Our Nguni family chalet caters for groups of six. It is a spacious three-bedroomed chalet with an open-plan kitchen and lounge leading onto an undercover balcony with a hot tub and a fireplace to get cosy on those colder winter evenings. The main en-suite bathroom includes an oval bath and a separate double shower, while the additional bathroom has a shower. The highlight of this chalet is the spectacular views to enjoy while watching the sunrise or sunset.


Thunzi Bush Lodge is a serene retreat in the Maitland coastal forest. Come and experience the magic of winter at Thunzi, only 20 min from Port Elizabeth!

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