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Pumba Game Reserve
Pumba Private Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, is a 5-star wildlife sanctuary known as one of the top malaria free safari destinations South Africa. Easily accessible with just a 75-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, Pumba is a perfect addition to a Garden Route holiday itinerary. Pumba Game Reserve is best known for their resident white lions as well as an abundance of spectacular wildlife, superb hospitality and luxury accommodation.
Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to the rare white lion as well as hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, and a large variety of antelope. Lake Kariega attracts a variety of birds, making the location a birdwatcher’s paradise. Game drives take place twice a day, in the early morning and afternoon. Accompanied by passionately expert game rangers you will track and see an abundance of wildlife including the magnificent Big 5. Bushwalks allow one to experience the wild up close as you traverse the savannah.
Pumba Game Reserve offers luxurious accommodation at two high standard 5-star lodges on the reserve. Bush Lodge offers stunning mountain views and is located deeper in reserve overlooking a frequently visited waterhole. Water Lodge is positioned along the riverbed with views over Lake Kariega. Accommodation options offer 1 and 2-bedroom luxury suites with private game-viewing decks and plunge pools. At the lodge multiple relaxation areas are thoughtfully designed to look out onto the reserve. Besides luxury accommodation and excellent big-5 game drives, Pumba Game Reserve offers guests exceptional indoor and outdoor dining experiences, communal swimming pools, spa treatment and a wealth of activities.
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Getting to Pumba
The reserve is a 75-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 855km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.
Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.
- Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes