We stayed in South Africa for 3 lovely weeks on our honeymoon, but the best 3 days were at Pumba Private Game Reserve! We stayed at the Water lodge and the place is magical - with each lodge overlooking the picturesque lake Kariega. The treatment is 5-star plus - and as honeymooners we got some extras too, although I'm sure they'll find a reason to give something extra to anybody!
The food is mouth-watering - with breakfast, lunch and dinner to die for. The lodges themselves are nicely laid out with a large lounge area complete with couches and a private deck with a small personal pool. Pity it was winter when we went because it would have been amazing to sip a drink in the pool whilst watching the hippos laze around in the lake. We still watched them of course - just not from the pool :) Which brings us to the safari drives - our drives (including the occasional off-road) were done by a young knowledgeable and patient fellow named Gladman who would do everything he could to try and get us close to the animals but at the same time not bother them too much. You get to stop and drink some wine and eat some snacks towards the end of the safari drive - and in the afternoon this is done at sunset.
Pumba is truly an unforgettable experience. I would suggest it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover wildest Africa in true luxury at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa in the malaria free Eastern Cape, South Africa. Our exclusive reserve has achieved gold status for its environmental responsibility, through The Green Leaf Initiative, and a 5-star rating for its exquisite accommodation facilities. With the formalities out of the way, African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve accommodation at one of two intimate and enchanting lodges. Each idyllic chalet is totally private and complete with their own pools framed by timber decks and outdoor showers... only the monkeys and the hippos will be watching you here. Every chalet is designed and decorated using individual and natural fabrics - picking up on different aspects of African nature and wild life, and immersing you into feeling at one with the unspoilt beauty which surrounds you. When dining you'll be treated to an array of gourmet safari cuisine, all prepared by our passionate Five Star chefs, who will cater to all your individual needs. We have additional pampering for the mind, body, and soul, at the Msenge Bush Lodge's Soul Spa - as well as our fully equipped gym surrounded by glass, and extending out beneath a cathedral of trees. Come face to face with Africa’s Big 5 at African Pride Pumba Private Game. Visitors have the chance to experience the wonders of Africa - from the graceful giraffe to the seldom seen leopard. Don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the very rare White Lions - 45 species of mammals and other small game. For the bird lovers and twitches the nearly 317 species occurring in our geographical region will never fail to delight you. This is the heart and soul of wildest Africa... this is African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pumba Private Game Reserve Hotel Port Elizabeth