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Reviewed 26 December 2019

Once the realisation that there was no electricity had sunk in, thus became an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Marcel was a convivial host with the staff in general helpful and friendly. But the coup de grace were the game drives. I have been fortunate to have had many safari game drives in east and southern Africa, but these were the best given that we were able to get very close to the game. I would recommend a 5 day stay so the positives of Pungwe can be appreciated. A 2 day package is insufficient.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank paul j
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Reviewed 7 December 2019

The camp & staff
When we arrived we where very warm welcomed by Michel and his team, from the first moment he gives you the feeling to be welcome, like he was waiting for old friends to show up! Being in the manyeleti for 28 years, I don’t think there is somebody better suited to host you.
All the other staff just kept on going with the same amount of passion about their work and this reflects on the guest.
The tents are spacious and very clean, all with direct views into the bush and privacy.
Being an unfenced camp gives this place the wild feeling that most guest are looking for and that is very rare in South Africa.
Please keep it this way. The first night we heard leopard, lion & hyena in 1 hour time, and in the morning we could see the tracks walking past the tents, this place is wild.
Being so close to Hoedspruit and even Nelspruit it is so easy and affordable to make your way there!

Food
The food is amazing, their is no power so it really is a mystery to me how the chef can provide us with this quality!
From pre-drive coffee from the kettle over breakfast, lunch and amazing 3-course dinner, all was great!
Dinner was served under the stars around the campfire, the Hyena coming to visit during dinner was a highlight of our stay!
Breakfast/brunch was also a full stocked meal that provided power till high tea!

Wildlife
Being in between Kruger, Sabi Sands & Klaserie the amount of game is insured.
The 1 hour drive from the gate to the lodge gave us big herds of zebra, waterbuck, wildebeest, elephant & buffalo.
We had close encounters with all the big 5 during the game drives.
On the second drive we saw the big 5 + cheetah + wild dogs.
The guides really did all the effort without bothering the animals, all the guides work there for a long time and are born in this region so they know this place as the back of their hand.

We’ve been to the Krugerpark area, mainly the private reserves, for more then 10 times.
Price Quality Pungwe is just unbeatable, don”t doubt to go there is you want to experience the real Africa.

Date of stay: November 2019
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Thank MichielR93
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Reviewed 20 November 2019

This is a must go! Staying here really gives you the bush experience as it should be. With only 4 tents, a maximum of 8 people can stay in the camp. No fences, no electricity and animals walking through the camp. The rangers are great during the gamedrives en walkes and have a lot of knowledge about the busy. It has been the best experience of our trip!

Date of stay: November 2019
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Thank nadiahfrijns2019
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Russell O, Owner at Pungwe Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, it is always a pleasure to hear that people appreciate the authenticity of our safari camp. I will be sure to pass your comments on to our staff.

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Reviewed 27 October 2019

A true and authentic bush experience, wilderness at its best.
Dining under the stars, having lions chasing buffalloes 10 meters away from our table! Once in a lifetime!
Special thanks to the staff cooking wonders on the fire, and making everything so confortable.
Will be back, for sure!

Date of stay: October 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank sfaill230953
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Russell O, Owner at Pungwe Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2019

A belated thank you for you fantastic review, we cherish each and every one of these. We look forward to welcoming you back some time in the near future.

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Reviewed 19 October 2019 via mobile

We stayed at Pungwe for the first three days of our honeymoon. All I can say is wow! The staff were fabulous and that includes all the ladies who looked after the camp especially Violet and Lucky, the Chef Rob, and our tracker and guide Isaac and Wander. On our game drives the guys did their utmost to not only find all the animals we wanted to see but provide us with experiences, whether it was a lion mating or finding the right spot that a hippo would cross in front of us. Returning back to camp to a beautifully prepared tent complete with bath and exceptional food and service. Can’t recommend highly enough. No negatives except saying goodbye.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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