Pumba Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A trip experience of a lifetime

May 17, 2022 Alyson B

We came here for a wedding but took advantage of the game reserve at every opportunity. The game drives were definitely the highlight of the trip. Other activities to try are the bush walk and spa services. The staff was very accommodating and the food was great. We visited Pumba at the beginning of our trip to South Africa so even though we dealt… Read more
We came here for a wedding but took advantage of the game reserve at every opportunity. The game drives were definitely the highlight of the trip. Other activities to try are the bush walk and spa services. The staff was very accommodating and the food was great. We visited Pumba at the beginning of our trip to South Africa so even though we dealt with jet lag, the bed and room in the Water Lodge was relaxing. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely amazing.

May 13, 2022 Smilers79

3 days really wasn't enough, staff were lovely, rooms are amazing, situation is stunning. Particular mention to Brandon the ranger, who couldn't have been more friendly, helpful knowledgeable etc. He turned the trip from great to amazing!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing, wonderful and respectful to God's creation

May 4, 2022 105christae Sydney, Australia

Every moment of having the pleasure to be in this beautiful Game Reserve is full of joy and gratefulness to have the privilege of such an amazing experience. The only pity is that this review format accepts only a minimum of 200 words. Not all can be described in (too many) words.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A fabulous stay at Pumba

May 4, 2022 WillEvaMum Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

What an incredible place Pumba is, we’ve never been to anywhere like this before and find ourselves blown away with everything about it. From the welcome we received, the service throughout, the food, the rooms to the exciting game drives we went on with Cameron who was knowledgeable, patient and a pretty amazing driver! The animals of course were… Read more
What an incredible place Pumba is, we’ve never been to anywhere like this before and find ourselves blown away with everything about it. From the welcome we received, the service throughout, the food, the rooms to the exciting game drives we went on with Cameron who was knowledgeable, patient and a pretty amazing driver! The animals of course were the stars, spotting the largest animal to the tiny bird and even insects, not only just on the game drives but all playing out in front of us on the main deck of Bush Lodge over looking the grass plain with waterhole for them to drink from. We watched giraffes play fighting, antelope rutting, elephants playing and lions learning to hunt. Thank you to everyone at Bush Lodge for looking after us for our stay and making in truly memorable. Read less
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Apr 28, 2022 joannalfalconer Dunblane, United Kingdom

Accommodation was absolutely amazing with great service. We were in the family chalet at Bush lodge and it was huge! Kids were beside themselves, I can highly recommend it. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Game drives were unbelievable, we would go back in a heartbeat