Pumba Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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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Nov 15, 2021 Sunshine44563508548 Port Elizabeth, Bequia

The weekend away at Pumba to celebrate our anniversary couldn't have been better. The romantic setting, the amazing food, the friendly staff and the incredible animal sightings made this the best game reserve experience ever! If you want time away with your loved one to celebrate a special occasion then this is the place for you. The attention to… Read more
The weekend away at Pumba to celebrate our anniversary couldn't have been better. The romantic setting, the amazing food, the friendly staff and the incredible animal sightings made this the best game reserve experience ever! If you want time away with your loved one to celebrate a special occasion then this is the place for you. The attention to detail by the staff was amazing and made us feel special ever minute of our stay. We will absolutely be back...thank you Pumba! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A dream in the Eastern Cape

Nov 1, 2021 andreagiuliani2021 Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

We lived an unforgettable experience in Pumba. Top-notch but very discrete service, amazing food, perfect position in the middle of the game reserve, amazing views of wildlife coming to drink and refresh in front of the lodge, and unforgettable game drives. A stay at Pumba even just for a couple of night is something I would recommend everyone at… Read more
We lived an unforgettable experience in Pumba. Top-notch but very discrete service, amazing food, perfect position in the middle of the game reserve, amazing views of wildlife coming to drink and refresh in front of the lodge, and unforgettable game drives. A stay at Pumba even just for a couple of night is something I would recommend everyone at least once in their lifetime! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Well run lodge.

Oct 19, 2021 kavuki777 Cape Town, South Africa

From the time we entered at the gate until departure we were royally treated in such a professional and warm manner. The food was the best I have had at a lodge bar none.The room was excellent and the whole experience met our expectations.
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Oct 18, 2021 john_zylstra Cape Town Central, South Africa

We have been on many safari trips but normally in Kruger or Botswana, we didn't think that the eastern cape could offer an equivalent experience....how wrong we were ! We saw so much game, white lion which was a special treat. This resort quality and service is up there with any of the top Kruger or Botswana lodges. The food was really fantastic… Read more
We have been on many safari trips but normally in Kruger or Botswana, we didn't think that the eastern cape could offer an equivalent experience....how wrong we were ! We saw so much game, white lion which was a special treat. This resort quality and service is up there with any of the top Kruger or Botswana lodges. The food was really fantastic and so nice that the drinks were included in the price ! Read less
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Oct 11, 2021 Sello M

Booked at Pumba as a last minute reservation but my booking was expedited promply. Our stay was amazing, with excellent staff and knowledgeable rangers. Highly recommend Pumba to anyway looking for a wonderful experience