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Pumba Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where do I even begin?....Pumba is the experience of a lifetime, an unforgettable memory and something I will cherish forever.

We visited for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and every moment we spent there was magical.

From the moment we arrived and Bianca showed us around and to our room, we knew it was going to be a very special part to our honeymoon.

We stayed at the Bush lodge- chalet C and I nearly cried when I walked into the room. The walls are 360 degree glass and so your views are incredible- yet so private! I’m told this is only the case at the Bush lodge though. Our outside decking was amazing with a view overlooking the Bush and animals grazing all day long. We were visited by just about everything!

The food was 5 Star- so much so that we then went on to a 5 Star resort in Mauritius where the food just didn’t compare. A beautiful menu was prepared daily, with local cuisine on offer and a great selection of wine to compliment.

The safari itself- amazing. Thomas was our driver, so knowledgeable, kind, funny and determined to give us a great experience. We booked a night drive with him and he tracked down a leopard to ensure we had an incredible evening. We saw so many nocturnal animals including the hippos grazing on the plains. I would recommend the night drive- however go with the mindset that you will see nothing as it’s not guaranteed. But at the very least you’ll be treated to a night sky that you have never seen before. I managed to tick off pretty much everything in my species book apart from the cheetahs (although other guests saw these), hyenas and the African cat. I was 3ft from a lions, a leopard, elephants and incredibly close within rhinos.

The staff are just wonderful and beautiful people. They couldn’t do enough to make our stay special. I couldn’t name them all but Bianca- so funny! So attentive and so on the ball, organising everything for us. Chanees- wow! She was training all the staff! Again so lovely, kind, attentive, ensured our glasses were never empty and our bellies always full. Mike- well Mike accompanied us to our room most nights and got up close and personal with the leopard on his 4th day in the job! You have to be escorted to your room after dark and this is because the leopard likes to pay the lodges a visit. It’s not dangerous and he’s not there to harm, but he was rescued and hand raised as a cub so likes a little human attention! Honestly- a memorable experience!

Thomas was our ranger but you get to meet them all and they are all just the smartest people you could meet. They become your best friends, you can ask them anything no matter how silly you think it, and every guest had nothing but praise for their guides.

I just want to come back and back and back and back!

Don’t hesitate to book this place- it’s worth every single penny.

If you want to see some of the amazing photos I took my instagram is @sachademi.

Once in a lifetime, forever in your mind.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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PEHotelGroup, Public Relations Manager at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us.
Here at Pumba we pride ourselves in ensuring that our guests receive the absolute best. From your rooms, the food, the staff and also our activities offered, we love to hear that our guests leave with life long memories.

Thank you for choosing to share your Honeymoon with us here at Pumba .We wish you all the best for the future, and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Safe travelling!

Warm regards,
Pumba

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This was a trip of a lifetime for us. From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we absolutely loved it. Nothing is too much trouble, everything was provided with a wonderful smile. The game drives were brilliant and our guide Neale was phenomenal with exceptional sightings - seeing the white lioness with her five cubs was a moment to treasure. We would highly recommend Pumba!

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PEHotelGroup, Public Relations Manager at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for kindly sharing your great experience at Pumba. We are delighted that you enjoyed our high standards of hospitality.
Our rangers are always willing to go over and above to ensure our guests have the full Pumba experience.

Thank you again for your recommendation, we hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards
Pumba

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pumba is unbelievably beautiful, with excellent accommodation. We stayed at Water Lodge and had a wonderful seven night stay. It was our honeymoon and the staff went out of their way to make it special. The staff in particular deserve a special mention. Everyone was delightful, friendly, courteous and helpful. The food was delicious, as good as we have had anywhere, including Michelin star restaurant's and our ranger, Daniel, really made our holiday with his expertise and knowledge. We saw all the Big 5, but more than that, enjoyed some really spectacular game viewing. Thank you to everyone at Pumba for making our stay so special. Kind Regards, Ann and Michael Robinson.

Room Tip: All chalets at Water Lodge overlook Lake Kareiga - fabulous!
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PEHotelGroup, Public Relations Manager at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Greetings from Pumba

It is great to receive such fantastic feedback, thank you very much.
We are certainly proud of our great food and friendly staff. Thanks so much for choosing to stay with us on your Honeymoon.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
All the best wishes!
Pumba

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finished our trip to South Africa with 3 days at Pumba. What a way to end, great welcome, lovely accommodation with fantastic view from lodge K, our ranger Seevi (sorry about the spelling) was brilliant very knowledgeable great company and found us more animals than we ever imagined we would see. l Have special memories that will last forever. Hope one day to return.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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PEHotelGroup, Public Relations Manager at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and support. We are absolutely thrilled you enjoyed your time here with us. Our rangers always go out of their way to ensure our guests get the full Pumba experience. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
Safe travelling!

Warm Regards
Pumba

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The accommodation and service were superb. The drives were all very informative, and great to see so many animals. The only thing that was not so great was the food which was surprisingly plain for this type of accommodation.

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PEHotelGroup, Public Relations Manager at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and support.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Pumba

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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: R 7 034 - R 16 881 (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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