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Thunzi Bush Lodge

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Thunzi Bush Lodge, a mere 15 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth, is hidden among the lush greens of the
Maitlands Nature Reserve - and I must admit, even the drive there (through Seaview) was picturesque and breathtaking - a promising start, and a taste of things to come!

Upon our arrival, my companion and I were taken to our cabins, which are secluded and private. There are three lodges, one being a four-person, and the other two catering for couples - with a maximum of eight guests at a time, your stay at Thunzi is guaranteed to be peaceful and relaxing - a true getaway.

The timber interior decor is cosy and inspired by subtle African elements, without losing its continental, modern appeal. Everything is considered: from heated towel racks to a fully stocked bar-fridge - and the private deck makes the lodge feel like it’s a part of the environment, as the glass paneled doors open up, welcoming in the extraordinary views.

The evening began with a night-walk through the surrounding forest, to the dam. The sounds of the elusive vuvuzela was to be heard occasionally (as this was SA’s victory weekend) - but this did not undermine the tranquility or beauty of the forest. Listening to the cries of the nesting Fish-Eagle, we sat by the dam, enjoying the stars in the night sky and the crisp air.

After the quiet time we proceeded to the Boma, where we were served an exceptional meal beside the welcoming fire. Being vegetarian, I often get treated to ‘we-didn’t-know salad’ while everyone else enjoys their juicy steaks...but not at Thunzi. The chef exceeded our every expectation - the butternut soup and balsamic infused springbok carpaccio for starters, and for our main course - lamb chops with vegetables for my companion, and a pyramid of meticulously prepared vegetarian delicacies such as aubergine and baby potato for myself.

I have honestly never had such a well balanced and tasty vegetarian meal anywhere else in my life! We finished the meal with a stacked chocolate cream pyramid dessert, which was complimented by champagne. There is something to be said about sitting around a fire in the evening, listening to the frog cries and relaxing after an excellent meal - its impossible to convey this feeling, but Thunzi have coined a phrase that sums it up nicely - discover the secret.

Next morning, after a lazy lie-in, we sidled over to the restaurant for a wholesome breakfast. A fresh fruit salad and yoghurt kicked off the meal, followed by perfectly prepared omelets and a French toast stack topped with bacon. Check out is not the end of the adventure at Thunzi as guests are invited to enjoy a whole day of fun outdoor activities or lounge around the pool or dam, or take a stroll through the indigenous bush and onto the sand dunes. It is definitely worth discovering the secret of Thunzi Bush Lodge, just on our doorstep.