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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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Free parking
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Kruger National Park 1362 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport365 kmSee all flights
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David G wrote a review Apr 2020
Cooma, Australia9 contributions
We were 4 couples from Australia on a road trip around South Africa. Pungwe definitley one of if not the highlight for all of us. We had the pleasure of the entire camp to ourselves. Those who had previosuly not been in the African bush described the stay as an "experience of a lifetime". The camp and accommodation is great - a balance of rustic and adequate luxury. The only dissapointment the wood-fired showers that were far from hot. Game drives truly memorable. In the two days we saw the big-5 with excellent sightings of the big cats - including the illusive leopard with a kill. Isaac our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and ready with the sundowners. The hyena visiting the camp early moment was a welcomem surprise.Hyena
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sightsee57299543783 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hoedspruit, South Africa8 contributions
What do you call a place where you feel time flies and stands still all at the same time... A place where you long for the comfy bed under the draped mosquito net only to hear the hyenas calling at night as they pad past your tent in the moonlight.... A place where you long for the cheery good morning wake up call because it means coffee around an ever present black tin pot around the smouldering embers of a leadwood fire, as the sun turns the sky a beautiful orange pink.. what do you call a place where the wind caresses your skin on game drive and your mind feels still and your heart Happy... where around every morning could be a elephant herd with a baby throwing it's little trunk around, or a pride of lazy lions or an incredible pack of 20 yapping painted dogs (wilddogs).
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Date of stay: February 2020
PauloZimmer wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia34 contributions19 helpful votes
It's a cosy intimate camp with only 4 "tents" The staff & management were very nice & accommodating. The food was very good, they even made a superb cake for my birthday, quite a feat with no electricity. You're very close to nature in the camp, we saw a lion and hyena from the dining table! But, of course, it's the game drives you came for & we had some brilliant ones. A thrilling standoff between a herd of buffalo & a large pride of lion. We placed ourselves on the halfway line and were entertained for about an hour. It was so good we are going to make the trip from Australia again this year.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Erik H wrote a review Feb 2020
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We spent 5 fantastic days with the manager Michele and his wonderfull staff. We enjoyed every minute at this tiny Safari Camp with max 8 guests, one night even only the 2 of us enjoying the game and later the evening diner under the stars. There is no electricity, no disturbing internet. The 'tents' are luxurious, spotless clean, huge beds with mosquito nets. The food is excuisite and all the staff smiling and helpfull and discrete. Michele ads his energy and enormous knowledge to this very personal and unforgettable experience. Allow yourself to stay 4-6 days to get into rythm and vibe of the bush. We will come back, next time bringing our adult children to this particular place ...
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Date of stay: January 2020
Phillipa wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
Thank you to everyone at Pungwe for a truly sublime experience. I was able to connect to the African bush more than anywhere else I've been so far. From the once in a lifetime game viewing to the attentive and beautiful people that make up the Pungwe family, it was a stay I won't ever forget. The raw intimate nature of this little slice of Africa truly tunes you into what is important.
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Date of stay: December 2019
US$359 - US$476 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKruger National ParkManyeleti Game Reserve
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