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African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Highlands (just off N2) | (100 kms from Port Elizabeth), Port Elizabeth 6065, South Africa   |  
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Bicester, England, United Kingdom
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“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Room 1 has fantastic a 180 degree view and is right opposite where the hippos sleep - highly recomme...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We arrived for a 3 night stay in heavy rain with good signage on an unpaved road which our little hire car did fine with. When we got to the main gate we were greated with a smile and asked to park by the gate and be picked up by a ranger as our hire car would not make it through the mud on the road in, she was right! The land rovers used really did go through anything and needed to in all the amazing landscape on our safaris.

Our luggage was unloaded and taken to our room as we were welcomed with THE BEST hot chocolate ever followed by a walk around the main building. The main restaurant and lounge had open fires and made for a lovely atmosphere.

When shown to our room we could not believe we were on safari, we were at the water lodge, the room (number 6) was huge. We had a bath in the lounge, private pool, balcony, walk in shower, heated floors, free laundry service, free drinks, free welcome snacks... The list goes on.

Our ranger for safari drives was Freedom. He was amazing, very knowledgable and lots of fun. We had as much fun driving in the land rover on the variable terrain searching for animals as watching the great creatures, well almost. We saw 4 of the big 5 we could not find the leopards who are extremely hard to find as they hide in the valleys in the reserve. We did however see the white lions and 1 yr cub just after a kill which i cannot put into words. Freedom did everything he could to get us as close as possible, within a couple of metres or closer, of the animals but was carefull not to intrude into their space and backing off when required.

We did not spot the lions at all our first 3 rides but on returning from our 4th ride siting down for breakfast Freedom rushed over and apologised for interupting before we ordered but said the white lions had been spotted, we had been dying to see them, and asked if we would like to go back out unscheduled, hell yeah! That is what i call service. The rangers communicate through radios on different routes to help each other spot the animals to help everyone get the best experience.

I must not to forget to mention it was winter and when we return to are room for the evening the fire was set to be lit and under the covers we had our own individual hot water bottles heating our bed!

Thank everyone at Pumba for an amazing visit!!!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Went for 2 night stay with wife and 2 kids. The weather was terrible, rainy, cold and windy. However hospality of personnel made everyting excellent, good food and wine, warm and tasty bar experience and atmosfere of lounge made you feel at home. Best part was game ranger that went xtra mile to show us a leopard.

Room Tip: We were at Water Lodge, but I think you can expect more from Bush Lodge.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

As soon as we entered the gates we saw all kinds of animals, zebra, impala, wildebeest, warthog and the female white lion and her cub. The cub was trying to catch a warthog but was unsuccessful. That next morning we actually got to see the female lion show her cub how its done. It was very exciting! The game drives are amazing. You get to be up close to all the animals. We did other safaris, including Kruger, but this place was very special. The staff was excellent. Very friendly and extremely attentive. Definitely a first-class, five star experience. The rooms and views were beautiful and breathtaking and the food was fantastic. This was by far our favorite stay!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

We had 4 nights at the Water Lodge in June 2012. The whole experience was excellent from the moment we arrived. We arrived too late for the main drive that afternoon but they had someone waiting on stand by to take us out if we wanted to, we did and were pleased we had because we saw the male white lion. Over the course of our trip, we saw loads of wildlife and had some amazing experiences. We didn't see everything but the fun was in looking. The ranger made it very exciting and was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the reserve.

After getting back from the drives, there were always drinks waiting for us which were constantly refilled. It really was fully inclusive and the quality of the drinks on offer were good too. We were expecting cheap wines etc but they weren't at all. We really enjoyed sitting around the fire in the evenings talking to the other guests over drinks before and after dinner.

The food was delicious and some of the best we have ever eaten.

The service was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. On our last day, they arranged a private lunch for us on the boardwalk down by the lake. We weren't expecting it so it was a lovely surprise. That night after dinner, we got back to a candle lit room, with a bottle of fizz and a bath waiting for us. A lovely touch and made us feel very special.

I can't rate Pumba enough and we will definitely be returning when we're next in South Africa.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We started our honeymoon with 3 nights at Pumba and it was my favourite part of our whole three week trip. We felt very looked after our whole stay, we never wanted for anything. The food is fantastic and there is plenty of it. The staff are friendly and attentive. The game drives are brilliant, you don't see everything every time, but for us the thrill of the chase added to the whole experience and after a couple of quieter drives we saw three cheetahs hunting wilderbeast, and it was just fantastic. We saw elephants, white lion, giraffe, white rhino, vervet monkeys, baboons, zebra, and hippos. This really is a 5 star experience, and we 100% recommend it.

Room Tip: There are two lodges, we stayed at the water lodge. They are very different feels. The bush lodge ha...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We were located at the Water Lodge. If you have a chance, visit this place! We found it to be one of the best holiday locations for safari yet, the staff cannot do enough for you. I must say we were treated very well, with everything at hand day or night. The accommodation and views were breathtaking with the animals sometime at arms length was unreal. We did consider other safaris but looking through the books, website and viewing various clips on youtube we were very happy that we chose this location. Although we stayed for five nights, other guests only had two to three days and although they had an excellent time, I felt that I wanted a little longer and to be totally honest Five days was about the right time to see everything and have the time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. I cannot say enough about this place, it was just fantastic.

Room Tip: It doesn't matter! they are all good
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highlands (just off N2) | (100 kms from Port Elizabeth), Port Elizabeth 6065, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 23
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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