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Pumba Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Good thing we didn't stay more than two nights as I don't think my waistline would have survived it. As a private reserve over 5 drives you are pretty much guaranteed to see most of the animals (no leopard for us I'm afraid), and we did sometimes really close up. I was fantastic and our guide made it even better.
Rooms great - the full outdoor experience if you want - and the all inclusive package worked well.

I would suggest no more than 3 nights - we stayed at the Bush Lodge

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank you kindly for sharing your great experience with us. It is fantastic that you enjoyed our high standards of hospitality and thank you for your recommendation. Kind Regards

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The lodge is very nice with the rooms exquisitely furnished, a good size and most importantly with a view of the lake. We managed to see a group of hippos including 2 babies from our lodge.
Pumba was the last property we stayed in of a 3 week holiday to South Africa. At the beginning of our trip we had stayed for 4 nights in Sabi Sands and the only animals missing off our list were cheetah and hippo so we were pleased about this!
We enjoyed making the comparison with the 2 safaris we took and Pumba offers luxury but we found the reserve a little small and the sightings a bit distant at times.

Room Tip: All look nice, we stayed in Water Lodge which we enjoyed
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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PEHotelGroup, Online Marketer at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you for your review and support. Great to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Wishing you safe travels.
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Slightly disappointed with the overall experience . Went in with very high expectations after reading all positive reviews. Stayed in the kudu suite with 2 kids. Lovely looking room and surroundings l but its the attention to detail which was lacking .

Chocolates and hot water bottle provided on the first night upon turndown but missing in the second night. Travelled with kids who were tired and fussy during dinner time , but the wait staff didn't suggest to get something to eat from a kids menu or something that would appeal to kids .
Also , having a vegetarian in the group, no effort was made to provide something special to him.
The game drives were good , but would have been made special if something like a bush breakfast was arranged .
Overall , not a bad experience, but not special after having paid the price we did.

Stayed: May 2017
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PEHotelGroup, Online Marketer at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you for your review and support. It is always great to hear back from our guests and get fresh perspective. Your points have been noted and we hope that in the future you will allow us the opportunity to change you perception of Pumba. Kind Regards

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

We were looked after in every possible way from start to finish. Our lodge was excellent in every way .Would have loved to be able to stay a bit longer. Great people, particularly Daniel our ranger, whose knowledge and easy going demeanour made both our Drives so memorable. Fantastic food was a big bonus.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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PEHotelGroup, Online Marketer at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for your review, insight and support. We are absolutely thrilled you enjoyed your time here with us and will certainly pass on the appreciation to Daniel. Looking forward to welcoming you back for a few nights longer next time!
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

What a perfect way to end our Garden Route road trip with a 2 night stay in Pumba Bush lodge. We arrived later in the afternoon than we would have wanted...but still had time for a quick bite of lunch before the 3.30pm afternoon safari with our ranger Dean. There is also a 7am morning safari, which is definitely worth the early start! As already stated the lodges are amazing, with every convenience, including hairdryer, stocked mini fridge, UK plug, and wonderful views. But it's the attention to detail which impresses - not just the chocolate on the pillow every night, but the little card saying good night with the weather forecast for the following day, and a little animal related bedtime tale. It is such a relaxing experience. The food is amazing, and there is always a choice. Wi fi is limited to the main lodge, so after dinner, we enjoyed a glass of wine while checking on emails in the lounge area. Perfect!!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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PEHotelGroup, Online Marketer at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for your review and support. I can guarantee you that your experience of the high standard of service and product is exactly what we enjoy being complimented on. Safe travels.

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Additional Information about Pumba Private Game Reserve

Address: 2) Highlands (just off N | (100 kms from Port Elizabeth), Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Grahamstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Grahamstown
Price Range: R8 155 - R16 188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pumba Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 23
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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