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Pumba Private Game Reserve

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In the heart of the Eastern Cape's malaria-free game viewing region, set against the backdrop of the beautiful landscape, you will find Pumba Private Game Reserve, situated a mere 105 km from Port Elizabeth.

The 5* luxury Pumba Water Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to experience the essence of ultimate African luxury and style. The lodge is set amongst dense bushveld, overlooking Lake Kariega and offers magnificent views from its terraced deck complete with bushveld pool. The Bush Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a sundowner before dinner.

The Reserve stretches over an area of 6,500 hectares. Home to the Big 5, the Reserve offers visitors the chance to experience the wonders of Africa - from the graceful giraffe to the seldom seen leopard.

There are also 22 species of antelope and other small game.

Pumba is also home to the near extinct white lion and for bird lovers the 200+ species will delight.

Twelve stone walled, thatched, air-conditioned suites lead off meandering footpaths and are set along the lake's edge.

Each suite has a unique view of the lake and opens onto a private deck with outside shower and plunge pool.

The bathrooms offer luxurious indulgence, with underfloor heating, free-standing tubs, double basins and each room has an earthenware fireplace.

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Our standard rates for a Impala Suite
11 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 376 USD 508 ZAR 7,337 EUR 414 per person sharing1 Night Stay1 night
11 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 357 USD 483 ZAR 6,971 EUR 393 per person sharing2 Night Stay2 nights
11 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 331 USD 447 ZAR 6,457 EUR 364 per person sharing3+ Night Stay3+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

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Rates Include

All meals; local branded beers, ciders, soft drinks and house wines; the Pumba Foundation Levy; and morning/afternoon shared guided game drives are included.

Children Policy

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives, but kiddies game drives for children under the age of 6 years may be arranged with the lodge subject to availability of land rovers and rangers. Babysitting services are available.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Bush Walks are available at an additional charge and can only be confirmed by the lodge on the day of arrival.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 22 ratings

Start TestimonialLocation and staff were excellent - lovely stay for 3 days.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialPumba was just the icing on the cake for us. Our lodge was beautiful. The bath in our room was so large my daughter was swimming in it! Having the fire lit in the evening made it so cosy in the lodge it was difficult to make ourselves leave. We went on 6 game drives and to be honest before we booked we were a little concerned that the children may get bored. How wrong were we! Our ranger, Gladman was just fantastic. We managed to see 4 of the big 5, so we were more than happy. All the little 'Pumba Extras' like hot towels on our return from game drives, lovely snacks in our room and warm ponchos to wear on the drives just made our stay perfect. We hope to be able to return to Pumba one day but until then we will make do with our many photographs and wonderful memories.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialLuxury one paid for and received. Really excellent from start to end, food, safari, service all excellent.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe absolutely loved Pumba and we do not think it could be improved. Thank you for making the booking for us.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialVery plush accommodations and wonderful service. Ranger very knowledgeable and good safari experience.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialStaff were wonderful. Natasha Strojny was very helpful in the enquiry and then booking process - thanks.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialBut I have to say Pumba is absolutely and utterly outstanding! The service was unbelievable – they did all my laundry with no charge and it was back in 2 hrs! The river lodge and our hut was out of this world, and really, you should definitely recommend it to your clients. It's just an amazing experience and I have never had such fantastic service at any hotel before.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe had the most fantastic time - the safari (Pumba Water Lodge) absolutely rocked. It would be hard to imagine a better place to stay, with friendlier staff and a very chilled atmosphere. The game drives were far better than I imagined and our ranger Chris was brilliant. Thank you so much for your recommendations and hard work (they put on a lovely meal for us on our anniversary and left us champagne and flowers in our room) - it was a treasured holiday and I will be ensuring all future safaris go through Travel Butlers (will be telling my friends to do the same).End Testimonial


Start TestimonialThe Pumba Water Lodge was wonderful! The room was excellent, the ranger Jonathan was very nice and all the staff so helpful and friendly ... food very nicely cooked, so all in all you can recommend this lodge definately - also for my husband - very easy to walk to the room on the wooden pathway - all in all we would go there again. Thank you Tracey for your excellent service - we will come back to you and will recommend your agency.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe had a magnificent holiday - all accommodation was excellent but I would specifically comment on Pumba and The Elephant House as we would highly recommend both.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialFirstly, you set up a great itinerary... I couldn't have put this all together myself, and am so glad I had your help. Dolphin Dunes (Wilderness) .....wow! Absolutely flawless. I don't think I've ever stayed anywhere that has had so much thought and effort put into it. I could have stayed there for ever. Even though I didn't get a sea view room, the room I had was superb. Lovely owners. If I come back to SA, staying here would be my top priority. Pumba ...stunning. Fantastic choice. Aloe Guest Lodge (Hermanus) ... lovely. Such a feelgood place, and again, such thought and effort has gone into the design of the rooms and the whole house. Lovely owner.End Testimonial


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Pumba Water Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. After approximately 105 km, take the Alicedale turn-off on the left and follow the Pumba Private Game Reserve signs.

From Grahamstown: Follow the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. After approximately 20 km, take the Alicedale turn-off on the right and follow the Pumba Private Game Reserve signs.

Alternative Route: Take the N2 highway in the direction of Grahamstown. The N2 on-ramp at Nanaga (approximately 50 km outside PE) may be blocked off by a police check-point, as the next section of the road is liable to flood damage. It is here where you need to advise them that you will be turning off at Kitchaka in order for them to let you through. At the 7 Fountains turnoff, turn left to Assegai and Kitchaka Lodge. Pass the Kichaka Lodge Main Gate on the left. Take the first right after the Kitchaka Main Gate. Follow the road to the T-junction where you will turn right. You are now on the Alicedale Road. Follow the signage to Pumba Private Game Reserve Main Gate.

Please note that you drive through the reserve to get to the lodge - do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstanance.

General Information For Guests

All rooms include a mini-bar, air conditioning, a fireplace, a ceiling fan, mosquito net, electronic safe, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, and a private deck with a plunge pool and outdoor shower. The Gemsbok Chalets also have a lounge area and a day bed. The 2 bedroom Kudu Suite has a lounge area separating the 2 bedrooms and a wrap-around deck with private plunge pool and steam room below.

The main lodge area includes a swimming pool, a spa, a dining room and bar, a curio shop, a library and a swimming pool with a sun deck.

A laundry service and babysitting services are available (additional charge). Room service can also be arranged.

There is a gym at nearby Msenge Bush Lodge, and guests can be transferred there in between game drives on request.

A contribution towards the Pumba Foundation Levy is included within your rate, which goes towards conservation initiatives and projects identified by the local communities.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Bush Walks are available at an additional charge and can only be confirmed by the lodge on the day of arrival.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


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