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Kruger National Park 1362 South Africa
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#2 of 8 Speciality lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
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Pungwe is a small intimate authentic safari camp which brings back the essence of a true safari experience. Our comfortable en-suite meru-style tents are reminiscent of days when safaris were all about the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. Our camp is about the bush, the animals, the unique experiences and the subsequent regaling of these by the iconic fireside. Pungwe Safari Camp is situated in the southern part of the 22 000 hectare Big 5 Manyeleti Reserve. Pungwe shares unfenced boundaries with two world renowned reserves, the Sabi Sand Reserve to the south and the Kruger National Park to the east, allowing for free movement of wildlife between the three reserves. This ensures that Pungwe's guests will be privy to some spectacular game viewing without having to share the sightings with numerous other visitors. Our guided morning walking safaris put you in touch with the bush, immerses you in your surroundings and enable you to encounter wildlife at a unique level. Our afternoon/evening game drives ensure that your sightings are up-close and personal. The perfect combination to create lasting memories. The 4 en-suite meru-styled tents at Pungwe offer simple elegant comfort, security, hot and cold running water for baths or showers and an exceptional feeling of truly being in the African bush. Only under canvas will you not only hear, but feel the roar of the lion, the throaty cough of a leopard and the Fiery Necked Nightjar celebrating the night.
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Kruger National Park 1362 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport365 kmSee all flights
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scarlettvixxen007 wrote a review Sep 2019
Blue Mountains National Park, Australia15 contributions2 helpful votes
I did a photographic safari with Ernest from Eagle Eye Safaris and he booked us in to Pungwe for 3 nights. It was a charming tented camp, friendly staff, great food and a kettle always boiling on the campfire for hot drinks. Michel, the Manager, was very friendly and a good host, helping everyone to feel comfortable, regardless of their home language. The food was incredible, considering the small kitchen it was produced in. Hyaenas came walking through the camp, even nibbled on something outside my room one night. The game drives were also impressive. Got to see a wild dog family without lots of other vehicles. These are benefits of private nature reserves.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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oshea58 wrote a review Aug 2019
Keystone, South Dakota40 contributions69 helpful votes
We LOVED everything about Pungwe Amazing Host and Dedicated Staff It was a truly remarkable back to Africa Experience Thank You Alex for all your help and patience with our arrangements you were wonderful and everything was super accommodating and smooth as could be booking transfers, information If you want to return to an era that has seemed to fade you need to visit Pungwe you will be thrilled with the return to Africa Safari as it should be. No electricity enhances the stars as they light up the evening sky and soft burning lanterns create a soft glow all around you. It is a natural not to be missed, meals were excellent thumbs up to Violet who truly knows and understands the art of cooking and determined game drivers went above and beyond ! First day in we experienced
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Date of stay: July 2019
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poorsc455018 wrote a review Aug 2019
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Of course there are more luxurious lodges, but this one has all you really need, and gives you the experience of safari as originally intended. Max 8 people, few vehicles in the neighborhood and great sightings. No internet & poor cell phone reception adds to the experience.
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Date of stay: July 2019
kel367 wrote a review Aug 2019
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions3 helpful votes
5 nights was not enough to be able to embrace this very special place. Michel the Manager and staff are beautiful people. You are never hungry with great food and treats cooked and baked on site daily (thanks Violet). The rooms are a lovely retreat with snoozey beds and great amenities. The safari experience is real with Issac & Wonder your local guide & tracker working tirelessly and skillfully to get you up close to the big 5 and the many other amazing animals & birds that live in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. We look forward to keeping in touch with Michel and the staff and hope to one day return to see more of this wonderful place.
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Date of stay: July 2019
capewena wrote a review Aug 2019
Kruger National Park, South Africa39 contributions18 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed for 3 nights at pungwe and enjoyed every second there. Very peaceful and luckily no electricity or cell phone signal so the sounds of the bush makes you imagine how things were before the days of needing social media and contact with the outside world. Enjoy this time as you will be yearning for it when you return to your everyday lives. Many thanks to all the staff. Pungwe isnt a luxury lodge so dont expect anything that a luxury lodge has to offer,meals are nice,rooms lovely and the game viewing is superb.
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Date of stay: August 2019
US$359 - US$476 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKruger National ParkManyeleti Game Reserve
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