We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (207)
Filter reviews
207 results
Traveller rating
165
35
5
2
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
165
35
5
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews no electricity safari camp bush experience game drives comfortable accommodation off grid dining table mosquito net high tea real africa enjoyed every minute from australia wild dogs made us feel at home whole team morning coffee south africa
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
81 - 86 of 207 reviews
Reviewed 7 October 2017

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights from the 22nd to 24th Sept at Pungwe Safari Camp.

Pungwe is in the best way an old fashioned tented camp. If possible, we prefer this type of accommodation on our safari vacations and that was the reason for us to choose Pungwe - and also because it is a small camp with only 4 accommodations.

The tents are very spacious and in addition to the wide and comfortable beds there is an armchair, a wardrobe and a chest as a storage.
In front of the tent there is also a covered seating area with two chairs and a table.
The bathroom also has plenty of space and includes a shower and a bathtub as well as the sink and toilet. The water for the bath is heated two times a day with an oven that stands outside the tent.

There is no electricity in the tents. For light there are paraffin lamps, which have already been lit in the evening after the return of the game drive and put the whole camp and the tents in a wonderful and very special mood.

The main building is open on all sides and includes the lounge area as well as the dining area and a small bar where solar power is available and cameras etc. can be charged.

Of course there is also a Boma where you can sit comfortably around the fire (which burns all day) and occasionally the food is prepared over the open flame - real classic safari-feeling.

The food must be highlighted at this point. Whether lunch or dinner - no frills, but home cooking from the very best. All the ingredients were fresh and of best quality. The braised lamb and the chicken we had for our dinners were cooked to perfection. All meals were plentiful and never could be eaten completely.
Also the breakfast must be mentioned. Eggs cooked to order with with sausages, bacon, baked beans … and also toast and cheese, marmelade, honey, Salami and many more. And for tea time freshly baked cake was served daily.

As usual during a safari vacation the days at Pungwe started with a Game-Drive at 6.00 am. After returning at 9.00 - 9.30 am the breakfast was served. Afterwards there was free time until lunch and then again up to teatime. At 4.00 pm the afternoon game drive began. Coming back to the camp depends on what was to see and can lasts more than the announced 3 hours because on both days we have been driving long distances to see a pride of 16 lions. During our Game-Drives there was much game around and we have seen the Big Five in Pungwe - thanks to our Guide Issac.

In summary, we had an excellent stay in Pungwe. But it was far more - it was simply memorable. And the reason for this is Michel, the owner, the manager and mostly the heart of the camp. You rarely meet such an interesting and intelligent person like him. The other guests and we have been talking and discussing with him for hours during the breaks between the Game-Drives and at dinner (and long after). He had incredibly interesting stories to tell from an amazing life that everyone loved to hear. We are glad to have met Michel. Without him, Pungwe would not be the same.

Pungwe Safari Camp is our absolute recommendation for a Safari-Vacation not only in the Manyeleti Game Reserve but throughout the Greater Kruger area.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ralfcho
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We stayed four nights at Pungwe and loved every minute!!!
We arranged a transfer from Hoedspruit airport to the camp, which was only 1.5hr drive to the camp. When we arrived, we were greeted with a nice welcome drink and showed around the dining, lounge and bar area. The bar was an honor system, so you can help yourself to alcohol or non alcohol drinks at anytime and just write it down under your room/tent name! During the welcome drink time, the staff went over daily time table.
Our private bush tent/cabin with en-suite was very spacious and well appointed. The bed was extra large with rich linens, mosquito net draped around the bed! Our en-suite had a lovely claw foot tub and separate shower!!
But the unforgettable part of our time there was the animals!! We saw more game then we could have imagined!! We saw lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, water buffaloes, hyenas, zebras, wildebeest, kudo, impala, and many birds, flora and fauna!
Pungwe Safari Camp is a true safari experience, an authentic bush feeling!!!
THANK YOU, to staff, guide and owners for our magical time at Pungwe!! We highly recommend Pungwe Safari Camp!

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank cecilia b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We (family: 2 parents, 3 kids) spent two very enjoyable days and nights at Pungwe. A big thanks to Michel, Neva, Isaac, Robert and the rest of the staff for all of the great experiences! @Robert, we already miss your culinary skills!

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
5  Thank jurrienp
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed two nights at Pungwe.
We arrived through a local gate and drove 1.5 hours to the camp. Its better to arrive through Orpen gate. The way is well marked with signs. We wished we had a 4x4, but we made it. We could join the game drive the afternoon we arrived, so you should be there by 2.30 pm. Dinner and Breakfast were excellent. We really like the warm water bottle in our bed when we came back to our tent after dinner. Pungwe is a small camp and therefore is very familiar. The game drives and the bush walk in the morning were great!

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank dorflaedeli
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We staid at Pungwe for 2 nights.
We arrived @ 12.00 noon and was showed to our tents. There was no info given as to the schedule or what to expect. We were not offered any beverages or even water. We did not feel welcomed or cared for. We were told that 'lunch' will be at 3.00. We had breakfast early that morning before traveling to Pungwe and was quite hungry and thirsty.
When lunch/high tea was served it was dry chocolate cake and one chicken pie per person. It was tasteless and unsatisfying. The food through out the stay was shockingly bad. Breakfast was passable but for the rest poor.
The personnel was very pleasant and the game drives fantastic.
The tents were clean and comfortable and the beds and bedding excellent.
Glad we went because we saw wild dogs and leopard, rhino etc. Loved the bush experience, but felt cheated and even slightly offended by the food we were served, Although Pungwe is more affordable than many lodges it is not cheep and this ruined the experience for us.
We will not be back.

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
2  Thank Louis M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Dear Loius M
I am truly sorry that you found the food to be below par, this is a bit of anomaly as you will see from all the other reviews posted in the last year that the food is always rated very highly. I will be in contact with your agent as all our documentation indicates that we serve a brunch mid-morning and a high tea at 3pm so they should have advised you off this. I understand that your son enjoyed the individual, personal gave drive that he was given after not joiining you on one of the drives. Very pleased to hear that you had a fantastic safari experience and found the accommodation to your liking.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews