Pumba Private Game Reserve


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Full accommodation information

Home to 2 separate lodges, Water Lodge and Msenge Bush Lodge, Pumba Private Game Reserve is situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape just an hours drive from Port Elizabeth.

The lodges at Pumba offer a rare level of comfort and tranquillity in a remarkable setting while friendly, welcoming staff and informative rangers help make a stay at Pumba truly relaxing. The food is outstanding and excellent South African wines are never far away. The reserve is malaria-free and is home to the 'Big Five including one of only three populations of the free-roaming white lion in South Africa, hyena and cheetah.

The vegetation of the area combines dense bushveld and grassland with the Pumba Water Lodge positioned overlooking Lake Kariega where many animals come to drink. The main lodge at Water Lodge offers magnificent views from the timber deck and each cottage has a private deck with lake views.  

The newest addition to Pumba Private Game Reserve is the Msenge Bush Lodge, 11 exclusive glass-encased, thatched chalets, are complete with spacious bedrooms leading out to your private deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower. The main lodge at Msenge Bush Lodge is a circular thatched building with glass folding doors creating an indoor/outdoor relaxation and dining space.

Activities at the lodge include morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives, walking safari's, birding safaris and stargazing. The Msenge Bush Lodge features a fitness room and spa which is available for both Bush and Water Lodge guests. For those special moments, Pumba can arrange private bush dinners, dinners at the bird hide overlooking the lake or private dinners served on your own deck. Pumba Private Game Reserve is proud to be involved in several environmental conservation and community upliftment programmes in the Eastern Cape areas.

Total Rooms: 23
First Transfer: 95 mins

Pumba Msenge Bush Lodge

Pumba Msenge Bush Lodge

The newest addition to Pumba Private Game Reserve, Msenge Bush Lodge has 11 exclusive glass encased, thatched chalets, are complete with spacious bedrooms leading out to your private deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower.
Pumba Water Lodge - Impala Chalets

Pumba Water Lodge - Impala Chalets

Stone and thatched cottages decorated in traditional safari style with a lounge area, spacious decks, private plunge pools, wood burning fireplace and large bathrooms. All Impala Chalets enjoy wonderful views of Lake Cariega from their private decks.

Rooms come with fireplaces and perfectly bundled fire lighters to get them going, light the one in your room and spend a lazy afternoon gazing out to the bush while you listen the wood crackle.

If you are there in summer the plunge pool on your deck provides the perfect spot to cool off while looking out at the bush or the lake.

South Africa travel information

  • Time zone: +2 GMT
  • Flight time: 11-12 hours
  • Recommended airlines: Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Qatar Airways
  • Currency: South African Rand
  • Tipping guideline: 10-15%
  • Health considerations: There is a risk of malaria in certain areas of South Africa, including the Kruger National Park. However, transmission occurs typically between the months of September and May only. In June, July and August, the risk is considered to be very low. There is a low to very low risk of malaria in the rest of South Africa throughout the year.There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, however, yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Capital: Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein
  • Population: 61,020,221
  • National languages: 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, and Xhosa
  • Electricity and plugs: Type C, D, M, N, 230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good coverage
  • UK passport visa requirements: You don't need a visa for South Africa if you have a British passport - for a maximum of 90 days

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