We booked Thunzi precisely because of the great reviews that TA has published. For that reason, and of course, because we had such a great stay, I thought it important to return the favor that many of the travellers who post on here provided my wife and I!
We stayed at Thunzi at the start of November. We booked for Three nights at the start of our trip which was second honeymoon/vow renewal, with the second half of our journey comprising of three nights at Eagles Crag at Shamwari Game reserve. I can thoroughly recommend this as an itinerary.
My first impression of Thunzi is just how tranquil it is, tucked away in a valley some 30 minutes from Port Elizabeth. With just three lodges, the very maximum number of guests at any one time would seem to be eight and when we stayed, there were only 4 others (who we only saw one morning at breakfast!)
My wife and i were lucky to be provided the two bedroom Heron lodge and were shown to lodge by one of the hotel managers Greer. Greer is everything you could wish for when you are on a vacation; helpful, polite and caring.
We were amazed at the beauty and seclusion of our lodge, which although close to the facilities within the camp, felt like it was completely alone. We spent most mornings, curled up in the comfortable Bed overlooking the wetlands, and staring across to the monkeys on the feeding station beyond. On the mornings we had chosen to have breakfast served on our balcony, we were delighted at the helpfulness of the staff who were happy to help at any time (even though they often had to walk back and forth between the main lodge and ours)
The food at Thunzi is prepared by Betty, a local woman who provides the best local food and produce. We ate breakfast every morning and had one evening meal. The prices were excellent and the quality (and quantity) superb, we truly realised we had discovered a small piece of paradise! On the one night we decided to eat our, Greer provided us with excellent instructions on getting to a superb local restaurant where we ate a wonderful meal (although, only on a par with Betty's cooking) and returned, happy, yet dissapointed it was our last night.
The other facilities at Thunzi are on a par with the rest of the place. We had the magnificent Lazy lizard pool to ourselves and spent a whole day there, listening to our ipods, relaxing and reading, the only break away from it, was to sample the walk that has been carved from the sides of the valley within the lodge grounds. We were joined by Thunzi's two canine staff (Kira and Niro) who whilst showing you the way, also get a nice walk! It truly felt like home.
We only left Thunzi very rarely on our few days there so cannot comment on the various attractions surrounding the area, however one thing we WOULD reccomend is a trip to the local beach where it is possible to walk without seeing another soul for an hour (we know, we did it) to climb the massive Sand dunes (we tried to climb the biggest but were turned back by "cant be botheredness") and to watch pods of dolphins, whales etc from the cliffs (we sat, we saw, we were amazed)
Leaving Thunzi on our last morning was a mixture of excitement (because we were going to pretty much the best game reserve in Africa) and absolute dissapointment (because we were leaving a small piece of heaven)
We will certainly be back. We have two small children who I believe will absolutely LOVE the place.
Thanks to everyone at thunzi for a wonderful trip.
- 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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