PE city dwellers will find this hard to believe, but there is a gem of a getaway destination right on your doorstep – a fairy tale setting perfect for a romantic proposal, renewing the vows or just soothing the soul.
Thunzi Bush Lodge is one of the Eastern Cape’s best-kept secrets. It caters for the traveller who enjoys a complete back-to-nature experience, with forest and beach walks, bass fishing and bird watching.
It’s a place where charming log cabins are surrounded by a bird-filled, indigenous coastal forest; a place where you will feel removed from the hurly-burly of the modern world. But, should you have to get back to the rat race, you can whiz there in less than half an hour!
Rumour has it that if you want to sweep the woman of your dreams off her feet with the most romantic proposal anyone could think of, Thunzi Bush Lodge puts together all the ingredients which will ensure that your fairy tale has the happiest of endings. Even Goldilocks was spotted there recently!
And while accommodation is on a self-catering basis, a must-do is one of Thunzi Bush Lodge’s gourmet picnics which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your luxurious room, by an open fire pit or at any of the many romantic spots in the lodge’s grounds. A bonus of this is that day visitors can also enjoy a picnic which will be set up for them, cutlery and crockery included, in a safe and secluded spot in the Maitlands Valley.
Picnic baskets serve two people and include a freshly baked organic loaf of the day, homemade Melba toast for your pates and a vast selection of freshly prepared treats for you to choose from.
You can also choose from a wide array of accommodation options, from the intimate Heron and Narina one bedroom chalets to the family sized Kingfisher chalet with two bedrooms or the home-from-home Nguni chalet which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Whatever option you plump for, you can be assured that you will have breath-taking views of the indigenous forest and wetlands and, should you be able to tear yourself away from your room, there’s a swimming pool and the opportunity to enjoy a pampering massage.
Added extras are selected DStv channels, dressing gowns, hairdryers and a daily housekeeping service. Of course, all this comes at a price, but it’s affordable and there are many specials on offer, including discounts of up to 30%.