Self-catering accommodation - Maitland Nature Reserve Attractions

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Attractions in and around Thunzi Bush lodge

Bird Watching

While most of the Estate is classified as Coastal Indigenous Forest, the close proximity of Grassland, Acacia thicket and the De Stades River Wetland, creates an ideal eco-diversity for bird watching. Three hundred and fifty-two species have been listed in the area, including many elusive species such as the Narina Trogon, African Rail, Grey Sunbird and the often heard Buff-Spotted, Red-Chested and Striped Flufftails. You are always assured of seeing the Knysna Loerie (Turaco) our signature bird, with its magnificent crimson and green plumage. On a good morning guests have seen all 5 of our listed kingfishers within the estate, which in its own has been a highlight for some.

Thunzi Bush Lodge offers customised birding tours with a qualified bird guide, enabling you to fully experience the rich abundance of birdlife in the region.

Spa Treatments

Enjoy a variety of relaxing spa treatments to be done in the privacy of your chalet with the sounds of nature “playing” in the background.

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Bass Fishing

Enjoy a tranquil afternoon of bass fishing at one of our dams while the sounds of nature echo in the valley around you.

Gourmet Picnics

Enjoy an afternoon out in the country where you will be surrounded by indigenous forest and bird song. Bask in the afternoon sun on a blanket and soft cushions with your picnic laid out before you...napkins, cutlery, crockery, glasses and of course a gourmet delight when it comes to the food!

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Picnics offered Tuesday to Sunday from 12 pm. R175.00 per person (excludes alcohol) Alcohol and cold drinks to be bought from Thunzi Bush Lodge.

Beach / Sea Activities

The lodge's close proximity to the sea allows guests to enjoy a diversity of extra activities such as snorkeling, sand boarding, yacht trips, whale watching and canoeing.

Forest and Beach Walks

A number of walks, ranging from easy strolling to more strenuous expeditions, are within the vicinity of the lodge. Walking trails provide access to the dense indigenous coastal forest, while close proximity to Maitland Beach provides the opportunity to trace the Eastern Cape shoreline on pristine sandy beaches.

Guided Forest Walk

For an unforgettable guided forest walk this is a must for nature lovers. Our nature guide will guide you through an adventurous night walk where you will possibly see bushbuck, various owls, bush pig, porcupine and various other nocturnal creatures. End it all off with a view of the bass dams and a warm mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows! (This activity needs to be pre-booked as our guide is off-site)

Attractions close to Thunzi

While it is easy to immerse yourself entirely in the natural beauty of Thunzi Bush Lodge, it is amazing to know that within a 10 minute drive, you have access to many other game and wildlife attractions, modern shopping malls, museums, local tours and many other first world attractions.

Please download the document below to view our on-site as well as off-site activities we offer. It is recommended that you pre-book your off-site and spa packages before arrival.

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