My husband and I stayed at Pumba as part of our honeymoon, and we absolutely loved the experience! Even driving up to the lodge in our hire car was exciting as we paused to watch a herd of impala and zebra grazing. The welcome was great, as we were given welcome drinks, shown round the water lodge, taken to watch the hippos swimming in the lake, and then shown to our room. Our room (no 1) was huge and really lovely, with a fantastic view of the lake - the first thing we did each morning was look outside to see what the hippos were up to! We could also see right round the nearest end of the lake, which meant we got to watch herds of impala, warthogs and, one day, two elephants walking along really close to our room. The game drives were amazing, and our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable ranger Gladman really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great experience and saw what we wanted to. He even provided us with hot water bottles on particularly cold game drives! We saw lots of animals every day - elephants, rhinos, buffalo, giraffes, and the beautiful white lions, and got very close to them all in our open-sided Land Rover without worrying the animals at all. The food at the lodge was delicious and they were very accommodating in making me delicious vegetarian meals even when there weren't any on the menu that day. The whole experience was a truly fantastic way to end our honeymoon, and we can't wait to go back there one day!
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