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    Pumba Water Lodge

    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. Pumba houses two luxury lodges on the reserve and in addition to the Pumba Water Lodge, the Msegne Bush Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the bushveld. 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 Water Lodge promises to give you an exclusive and serene experience and will leave a footprint of Africa in your heart.


    • Big five game drives
    • Bushwalk safari’s
    • Spa
    • Swimming pool
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    • Kids activities and programs
    • Bass fishing
    • Archery
    • Bird safari’s
    • Photographic drives
    • Nights game drives
    • Spa
    • Conservation programs


    • Riverfront accommodation
    • Rare white lion encounters
    • Breath-taking views

    Nearest airport

    Port Elizabeth International – 114km

    Children policy

    Pumba welcomes children of all ages More Details Only children over 6 years are allowed on the game drives. For bushwalks, children must be 16 years and above.

    • Children 4-11 years pay approximately 30% of the adult sharing rate
    • Children 11-4 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
    • Children under the age of 3 years are accommodated for free in either a cot or a stretcher bed
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    All meals, selected local beverages and 2 game drives daily


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


    Festive: 21 December – 10 January

    Peak: 01 October – 20 December

    High: 11 January – 30 April

    Low: 01 May – 30 September

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night.
    • Single supplement of approximately 40% applicable
    • Rates displayed are to 30 April 2023
    • 3rd and 4th guests in the 2 bedroom suites pay a reduced rate


    • 20% off special for 4 night stays
    • 10% off special for 3 nights
    • Use promo code SDS3412 in booking form

    Accommodation Options

    Impala chalets

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    20% OFF

    Impala chalets boast viewing decks for game viewing with private plunge pools and alfresco showers. Bathrooms offer free-standing bathtubs whilst fireplaces add warmth to the rooms on chilly nights.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Festive season £ 505 per person, per night
    Peak Season £ 441 per person, per night
    High Season £ 387 per person, per night
    Low Season £ 301 per person, per night

    Gemsbok Chalets

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    20% OFF

    The Gemsbok chalets additionally come with a lounge area recessed from the bedroom with a daybed for the utmost relaxation and feature private plunge pools and viewing decks.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Festive season £ 548 per person, per night
    Peak Season £ 484 per person, per night
    High Season £ 430 per person, per night
    Low Season £ 344 per person, per night

    Kudu Suite

    Sleeps 4 Adults

    20% OFF

    The Kudu suite is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom chalet with a lounge area and wraparound deck boasting breath taking views over the reserve. The suite features a steam room, private plunge pool and alfresco shower.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak season £ 579 per, per night
    High Season £ 516 per person, per night
    High Season £ 462 per person, per night
    Low Season £ 376 per person, per night

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    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.



    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
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