We had a 5 night stay in June (cold time of year in SA)
The accom is very nice, we even had our own plunge pool and steam room overlooking the lake.
The rooms in our villa (the biggest one available there) consisted of a central lounge with fire-place and two separate bedrooms at either end of the building, so great if you want privicy from the kids.
The view every morning from the villa is totally stunning with hippos bathing in the lake and little monkeys on your patio.
During our first night there a leopard was prowling right outside our door, staff had seen it on cctv and dealt with it without waking us.
The safaris are twice daily and inclusive 7.00am and 3pm we luckily had Justin who was chief guide and very very knowlegable.
A word of warning though, keep your arms and face in the Land-Rover or risk a nasty cut from the huge thorns...
The animals were truly amazing and we saw all types at the reserve.
My only complaint was the food, am sure by usual SA standards it is very good, by UK standards it could be a little hit or miss.
The staff were great and friendly but Justin was just outstanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awake to the sounds of the African bushveld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon, bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Eco friendly Pumba, a proud member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African safari experience never to be forgotten. The reserve is home to Africa's Big Five as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes, various antelope and more than 300 bird species. Feel the heartbeat of nature as you explore the reserve in custom landrovers or on guided walking safaris. Water Lodge offers 12 waterfront chalets overlooking Lake Cariega while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views, offering 11 luxury thatch and glass chalets. All Chalets open onto private game-viewing decks boasting plunge pools and outdoor showers. The indulgent bathrooms offer free-standing tubs and double basins, and each room is fitted with an earthenware fireplace. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, meals at Pumba are simply sublime. Enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair, complemented by a superb selection of local wines from our Director's Cellar. Revitalise body and mind in the Soul Spa or enjoy a workout in the glass-enclosed gym at Bush Lodge. Other activities include bird watching, bass fishing, stargazing, archery as well as nearby horse riding and golf. An hour from Port Elizabeth and 15 minutes from Grahamstown. WiFi. TGCSA 5-star Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pumba Private Game Reserve Hotel Port Elizabeth