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Water Lodge at Pumba

Overlooking Lake Cariega, Pumba Water Lodge consists of 12 stone-walled, thatch chalets interlinked by winding wooden footpaths through the bushveld. Pumba Water Lodge boasts organic materials of timber, stone, and thatch present a seamless integration into the natural surrounds with luxury chalets offering private viewing decks and plunge pools. At Pumba Water Lodge the spectacular views are complemented by extraordinary hospitality. At the end of each day, savour a 5-course dinner under a canopy of stars and share your wildlife adventures over a glass of wine before retreating to your luxurious haven of comfort.

 

Pumba Private Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, is a 5-star wildlife sanctuary known as one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Easily accessible with just a 75-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, the reserve is malaria-free and is a perfect addition to a Garden Route holiday itinerary. A high population of wildlife makes for outstanding game drives at this private game reserve. Lake Cariega attracts a variety of birds, making the location a birdwatcher’s paradise. Accompanied by expert game rangers you will track and see an abundance of wildlife including the magnificent Big 5. Pumba Private Game Reserve is also home to the rare white lion as well as hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, and a large variety of antelope. Twice-daily game drives are complimented with a cozy coffee stop at sunrise and a spectacular sundowner stop in the wild as you witness skies turning crimson above expansive African plains.

 

Bushwalks allow one to experience the wild up close as you traverse the savannah. Whether taking photographic drives, swimming or being pampered at the spa, Pumba promises to give you an exclusive and serene experience and will leave a footprint of Africa in your heart.

Activities

  • Bass fishing
  • Archery
  • Bushwalk safari’s
  • Bird safari’s
  • Photographic drives
  • Nights game drives
  • Swimming pool
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  • Spa
  • Conservation programs
  • Exclusive-use vehicles
  • Kids activities and programs
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Highlights

  • 5-star luxury
  • Superior game drives
  • Home to the Big 5
  • Award-winning accommodation
  • Exciting activities
  • Rare white lion encounters
  • Breath-taking views

Nearest airport

Port Elizabeth International – 114km

Children policy

Children under the age of 6 years by prior arrangement only. More Details Only children over 6 years are allowed on the game drives. For bushwalks, children must be 16 years and above.

  • Children 12 -14 sharing with parents pay approximately 20% of the adult sharing rate
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Included

All meals, selected local beverages and 2 game drives daily

Excluded

Premium drink brands, additional activities, exclusive-use vehicles, babysitting, and transfers are excluded.

Seasons

Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 20 December

& 11 January – 30 April

Peak: 21 December – 10 January

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night.
  • Terms vary slightly and are room specific
  • Single supplement of approximately 40% applicable
  • 3rd and 4th guests in the 2 bedroom suites pay a reduced rate

Accommodation Options

Impala chalets

Sleeps 2 Adults

The standard Impala chalets feature private plunge pools and alfresco showers, all chalets boast beautiful viewing decks for game viewing in ultimate comfort. Lavish bathrooms offer free-standing bathtubs and a double vanity. Read moreAll rooms are equipped with a mini bar fridge as well as tea and coffee facilities. Earthenware fireplaces add warmth to the rooms on chilly nights. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R9 900 per per person, per night
High Season R8 400 per person, per night
Low Season R6 320 per person, per night

Gemsbok Chalets

Sleeps 2 Adults

The Gemsbok chalets additionally come with a lounge area recessed from the bedroom with a daybed for the utmost relaxation. The Gemsbok chalets feature private plunge pools and alfresco showers, all chalets boast beautiful viewing decks for game viewing Read morein ultimate comfort. Lavish bathrooms offer free-standing bathtubs and a double vanity. All rooms are equipped with a mini bar fridge as well as tea and coffee facilities. Earthenware fireplaces add warmth to the rooms on chilly nights. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R10 900 per per person, per night
High Season R9 400 per person, per night
Low Season R7 320 per person, per night

Kudu Suite

Sleeps 4 Adults

The opulent Kudu suite is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom chalet with a lounge area and wraparound deck boasting breath taking views over the reserve. The Kudu suite features a steam room, private plunge pool, alfresco shower, mini bar fridge as well as tea and coffee facilities. Read moreThe second bedroom has its own en suite bathroom with free-standing bathtub and a double vanity. Earthenware fireplaces add warmth to the rooms on chilly nights. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R11 650 per per, per night
High Season R10 150 per person, per night
Low Season R8 070 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

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.

 

Flying

Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • 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