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Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

Wild beauty, white lions and a wealth of comforts

Set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers 6,500 hectares of stunning wilderness. Home to a pride of rare white lions, game drives and guided bush walks here will also provide you with the chance to spot the Big Five as well as hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, antelope and over 300 bird species.

With spectacular views over the Bushveld and Lake Kariega, Pumba is perfect for couples and families who are looking for a comfortably elegant safari lodge. Choose between luxurious thatched chalets at the Water Lodge, with views over the lake, or the Bush Lodge, with vistas which flow naturally into the African Bushveld floodplain and Zuurberg Mountains beyond. All chalets open onto viewing decks and benefit from private plunge pools and outdoor showers. 

After the excitement of spotting wildlife in the beautiful African wilderness, workout in the stylish modern gym at Msenge Bush Lodge or enjoy an invigorating treatment at the Soul Spa. In the evening, dine on delectable African fusion cuisine – indoors or beneath the starlit sky – complemented by a selection of exceptional locally produced wines from the cellar.

Your African safari adventure at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 

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Guide Price

 £1,799  per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
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Tripadvisor rating 2011 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Situated in 6,500 hectares of privately-owned wilderness
  • Big Five game viewing in addition to rare white lions
  • Views over Lake Kariega and Bushveld
  • Fitness centre and spa for time between safari activities
  • Kids' club
  • Swimming pool and Bush Bar

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 23 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth.
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

  • Approx. 2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth.
2011 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1783
  • Very Good 173
  • Average 34
  • Poor 16
  • Terrible 5

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Nov 12, 2019

Getaway for weekend

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Bush Lodge Service - Exceptional Bar Service - Great and some cocktails included in the "all inclusive price" on the menu Food - Magnificent Rooms - Acceptable Game Drives - Very knowledgeable ranger. He was very informative and professional. Water Lodge Service - Average. The staff only really seems to care when the manager is around. Bar Service - Poor and NO cocktails included in the "all inclusive price" on the menu. I could have just ask for single tots to make my own cocktail. Food - Good. Rooms - Awesome Game Drives - Terrible. The most annoying Game Ranger. He was constantly yawning and singing to himself. Had to constantly ask questions to get any response out of him. Overall - Prefer the Bush Lodge
Nov 12, 2019

Holiday of a lifetime!

Stroud, United Kingdom

A truly memorable holiday. From the time we got there the service was fantastic, the food was amazing. Our Ranger Dean made our stay, his enthusiasm and passion for the reserve was infectious. Would go back tomorrow!
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Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

Facilities

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Safari Game Drives

Safari drives are conducted by qualified guides in luxury open top Land Rovers. View the rare free-roaming white lion pride in their natural habitat and drive deep into Africa as you search for leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhinos and many more species as they roam the plains. Night drives will give you the chance to see different animals and their nocturnal behaviours, including aardvark, hyena and aardwolf. Lions also can also be seen in the cooler nighttime temperatures and you may even get the chance to see an impressive kill take place. Birding safaris are also available for guests to enjoy.

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Guided Bush Walks

If you would like to explore the beautiful landscape on foot, qualified rangers will plan a specific route according to the fauna and flora you or your group are most interested in.

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Fitness Centre

The fitness centre has a well-equipped gym with air conditioning as well as a steam room for the perfect end to your workout. Restrictions: Available at Msenge Bush Lodge only.

Pumba Bush Lodge Spa

Soul Spa

The Soul Spa offers rejuvenating and soothing treatments for the mind, body and soul. A wide range of massages and treatments such as full body wraps, hot stone therapy, manicures, pedicures and facials are available. You can also enjoy the steam room, gym and plunge pool. Restrictions: Available at Msenge Bush Lodge only.

Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

Room Types

** Please note: balcony standards in South Africa differ to those in the UK, please be advised that the balconies may be of a low height and could feature large gaps, therefore children should never be left unattended.**

Pumba Bush Lodge

The Pumba Bush Lodge offers 11 luxurious, glass-enclosed thatched chalets overlooking the African bush, with either twin or king-sized beds and private game viewing decks, plunge pools and refreshing outdoor showers.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Water Lodge Room

Pumba Water Lodge

The Pumba Water Lodges have their own unique character and are luxuriously appointed.

Enjoy views over Lake Kariega from your private game-viewing deck, outside shower and plunge pool. Relax in your spacious accommodation complete with a king-sized bed or twin beds, as well as a double sleeper couch, ideal for families. Each cottage is fitted with underfloor heating, free-standing bathtub and earthenware fireplace.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Fridge
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

Food & Drink

Restaurant

Meals can be served at a variety of locations including the dining room and decks, and candlelit dinners can also be arranged on request at Pumba Water Lodge.

Bush Bar

Enjoy a refreshing chilled cocktail while game viewing from the deck at the Bush Bar which is located at the Msenge Bush Lodge.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

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