Pumba Private Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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The hotel

Set amidst the striking landscape of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers two fantastic luxury lodges, allowing guests to experience the beauty of the African wilderness in style. Pumba offers a rich biodiversity-filled 'Big Five' game viewing experience as well as reintroduction programme for the rare white lion and free-roaming leopard. Pumba is divided between Water Lodge and Bush Lodge, each boasting private timber decks with private plunge pools and outdoor shower. There is also a stunning swimming pool with sun deck to laze on and a thatched restaurant serving magnificent fusion cuisine under the stars with an Eastern Cape Flair, complemented by a fantastic selection of local wines. The kid’s safari program makes this the ideal choice for families too, creating memories for life.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

In the malaria-free region of the Eastern Cape. Driving time from Port Elizabeth Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Hotel information

Water Lodge – Overlooking the magnificent Lake Cariega, Water Lodge comprises 12 stone-walled thatched waterfront chalets leading off meandering footpaths. The Impala Chalets have private timber game-viewing decks with plunge pool and outdoor shower, underfloor heating, en-suite bathroom with free-standing bathtub, bathrobes, air-conditioning, fireplace, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, telephone, safe, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Bush Lodge – Overlooking a small watering hole on a flood plain, guests can enjoy stunning mountain views at Bush Lodge. 11 exclusive glass-enclosed, thatched Msenge Chalets, each with en-suite bathroom and luxury bedrooms opening onto a private timber deck with private plunge pool and outdoor shower. All chalets have air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fireplace, mini-bar and hospitality tray, telephone, safe and sleep maximum 2 adults. 

All Inclusive of: all meals, tea/coffee, soft drinks, selected local beer, wine and mineral water. Two game-drives per day.

Water Lodge –Gemsbok Chalets are similar to the Impala Chalets and sleep maximum 2 adults and 2 children. The Kudu Suite is a 2 bedroom chalet with separate lounge area, a wraparound deck with private plunge pool and steam room. Both bedrooms have their own bathrooms, perfect for families or small groups, the Kudu Suite sleeps maximum 3 adults and 2 children or 4 adults.

Bush Lodge –  The Family Suite has 2 bedrooms perfect for families and couples travelling together and sleeps maximum 2 adults and 2 children or 4 adults.

Water Lodge and Bush Lodge both have their own restaurant with extensive wine lists, lounge, pool and sun deck and game-viewing deck. Water Lodge also has a waterfront floating pier and sundeck. Msenge Lodge has the Bush Bar, to enjoy a refreshing cocktail whilst game viewing. 'Kids on safari' programme. Soul Spa*. Gym. Gift shops*. Library. Laundry service*. Activities include: walking safaris*, archery, bass fishing, bird watching*, morning and afternoon game-drives. Picnics available on request. Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

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May 26, 2024 jonahoward Sheffield, United Kingdom

Our safari holiday at Pumba Reserve was beyond our expectations. The place is exceptional from the friendliness of the staff to the food, accommodation & games drives - everything is just top quality. A truly memorable experience
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May 26, 2024 helendale2714 Bromley, United Kingdom

The safari and everything about the Pumba game reserve was fantastic. Our game driver Phillip could not have been better. Thanks for an amazing experience
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May 26, 2024 s0phiedavies97 Congleton, United Kingdom

Wow wow wow! What an experience we had at Pumba. We went to Pumba for our honeymoon and it was everything we wished for and more. We stayed at the water lodges and were thoroughly spoilt from the moment we first passed through the gates. All of the staff members are SO friendly and honestly couldn’t do enough for you. They all have a great… Read more
Wow wow wow! What an experience we had at Pumba. We went to Pumba for our honeymoon and it was everything we wished for and more. We stayed at the water lodges and were thoroughly spoilt from the moment we first passed through the gates. All of the staff members are SO friendly and honestly couldn’t do enough for you. They all have a great sense of humour and really made our stay. The little touches like chocolates on your pillows at night, hot water bottles in your bed after the afternoon drive, a snack tray when you arrive, the ponchos to keep you warm in the landovers etc, all make you feel so special. It was 5 star service and beyond! The game drives were just insane and didn’t feel real at some points! We got sooo close to the animals. They didn’t react to the cars in the slightest and it was as if we weren’t even there to them. We saw a cheetah making a kill which was just mad! We pretty much saw everything on our first afternoon drive too. This is now our favourite memory ever and definitely our favourite place that we have ever visited! We’re already talking about coming back. Thank you so much to everyone at Pumba for the most incredible and memorable honeymoon ever. Read less
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May 23, 2024 Briege J Belfast, United Kingdom

We stayed in Pumba Bush Lodge and it was simply fabulous. Literally everything about it was top notch. The game drives were super but the lodge might have been even better!! The service is second to none and the food was beautiful. I cannot give Pumba Bush Lodge high enough praise - it was magnificent.
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May 21, 2024 jim s Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Pumba is an amazing location and we had a fantastic time . Everything about Pumba was 5 star Amazing location great rooms and fantastic Food and Service with very knowledgeable guides and very Friendly and Helpful Staff The Game drives where Fantastic We also done a Night Drive and Bush walk which were super .