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Pumba water lodge

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 01 Jun 2024
Was a trip of a lifetime time lodge was excellent and we had a fantastic ranger we went at the beginning of may and weather was still warm
Date of stay: May 2024
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Reviewed 30 May 2024 via mobile

Pumba Private Game Reserve was everything we could want and more. Firstly the lodge itself is stunning. We stayed at the water lodge and woke to up the the view of hippos sunbathing almost everyday.

The safari's were everything we could have asked for and more. Cleo, our guide was so knowledgable and went out of his way to make all 6 of our trips memorable. I will never forget the 1st one - where we were in the middle of the reserve watching elephants in their environment whilst enjoying some wine as the sun set. It truly was a pinch me moment. Cleo more or less drove to every corner to find animals and we didn't leave disappointed. He made us feel safe at all times.

Our room itself was fantastic. It was deeply cleaned everyday and the highlight for us was the little water bottles we got in our bed each night. They thought of all the amenities, and our complimentary toiletries even included sunscreen and insect repellant. The food was fantastic and the chef really went above and beyond to cater for all of our needs. Mzie has to be the smiliest host we have ever met. He was so accommodating and even arranged a cake for my husband on our last day for his birthday.

A truly once in a lifetime opportunity - we met some incredible people at this lodge. The attentiveness of the staff was for sure the cherry on top.

Room tip: When you park up - be sure to take everything you want for your stay from your car. We didn't realise we wouldn't be coming back to our car and ended up leaving things behind
Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PE Hotel Group Port Elizabeth, Owner at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; The Team will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 28 May 2024

Fantastic experience, knowledgeable staff and great to see the animals.

First safari experience and loved it. A little rustic but a great place with ability to see lots of animals, getting a respectful distance for great photos and to feel close to nature.

Sadly no leopard sighting but saw the other main animals.

Only criticism would be the food- this was a common theme throughout the Garden route and not unique to Pumba- it’s as though they are trying to replicate fine dining from the UK 20 years ago.
Just go simple and do it well.

Would happily recommend Pumba.

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PE Hotel Group Port Elizabeth, Owner at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to share your kind comments. This will put a smile on the Teams face for the rest of the day! It was a pleasure to have you.

Warm Regards, The Pumba Team

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Reviewed 27 May 2024

It was the best part of our honeymoon. The room was incredible, the staff were lovely and the rangers were so kind and knowledgeable. 10/10 would recommend.

Date of stay: May 2024
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PE Hotel Group Port Elizabeth, Owner at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to share your kind comments. This will put a smile on the Teams face for the rest of the day! It was a pleasure to have you.

Warm Regards, The Pumba Team

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Reviewed 27 May 2024

First time to South Africa for a Birthday and Anniversary Pumba game reserve was the main event excellent service from the staff and the game drives were great with plenty of Animals

Date of stay: May 2024
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PE Hotel Group Port Elizabeth, Owner at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; The Team will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 26 May 2024

Our safari holiday at Pumba Reserve was beyond our expectations. The place is exceptional from the friendliness of the staff to the food, accommodation & games drives - everything is just top quality. A truly memorable experience

Date of stay: May 2024
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PE Hotel Group Port Elizabeth, Owner at Pumba Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to share your kind comments. This will put a smile on the Teams face for the rest of the day! It was a pleasure to have you.

Warm Regards, The Pumba Team

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