We stayed here last week for 4 nights and we are still in awe of this fantastic place. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we didn't stop smiling! 5star does not cover Pumba, the fine details from the turn down at night with hot water bottles in your bed to the sundowners out in the bush are just the start. I chose Pumba to celebrate my daughters 21st and couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Our first full day was very hot and we decided to take advantage of the deck and plunge pool in the afternoon and whilst my daughter was relaxing in said pool an elephant came right past her! We were in chalet D at Bush Lodge! This was just one of the many amazing experiences we had during our stay.
A massive thank you to our ranger Daniel who made every game drive a different experience and always seemed to end each day with a little excitement from the puff adder snake that decided to keep warm by our tyre, to the rhinos that crept up on us while we were have our sundowners to one task who decided to road block us!
We saw a vast variety of animals but the Leopard went into hiding but I think he's been seen since we left.
Words really cannot describe Pumba, you really have to experience it to believe it.
- 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