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“A lovely rustic camp with great hospitality and activities” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Manyeleti | Manyeleti Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1362, South Africa   |  
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dublin
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“A lovely rustic camp with great hospitality and activities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2009

I stayed at Pungwe Bush Camp at the beginning of Nov. I really enjoyed the set up there. The accomodation is great - lovely tents - well equipped and fitted with all the comforts a traveller needs - good beds , en suite bathroom etc.

The camp is unfenced and one really knows you are in the bush. They offer great walking opportunities as well as the usual game drives. Sightings were very good with all the usual predators ,antelope and other species to be seen.

The food was really nice and what really makes the place extra special is the warm hospitality of the owners who also have close connections with the local communities which guests can request to visit .

The rates are reasonable and a lot cheaper than the places with the fancy spas and gyms - which are really out of place in the bush anyway

If you are looking for a gret bush experience and the chance to get some sand between your toes I recommend Pungwe

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

I spent three wonderful days at Pungwe. Everything lived up to its billing and more. The food was the best I have ever had on a safari. The entire staff made sure every need I had was met. My guide Prince was so knowledgable, I can't begin to explain all that I learned. Was lucky enough to spot the Big 5 plus everything else under the sun.

  • Liked — The staff and location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandroupoli Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

In December 2007 we spent five fantastic days at Pungwe with the whole family.
The owners and staff where exceptional.
I would rate Pungwe as one of the best small private bush camps.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

If you are looking for a true "stay in the bush" experience, this is the place! The guide and host Loot will make you enjoy your experience like no other lodge.. you will have many stories to tell after staying at this place.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2007

after we have looked at hundreds of safari camps and lodges full of silver service, artsy design, heated swimming pools, airconditioned tents at 600 EUR per night we came across Pungwe Camp with only 4 en suite tents, rustic and simple owned and managed by a South African couple. It was just what we were looking for some 300 US$ for both of us per night with all meals and two game drives included. We were charged for drinks and we also tipped the staff, although we did not need to, there was no tense air of expectation at our departure.
We were very lucky, there was one couple when we arrived to Pungwe but the left the next day and for the following 4 days we had the camp to ourselves and were given lots of attention by the owners and staff.
Everything was done in a very natural and relaxed manner, we got up early in the morning for either a game drive in an open landrover or game walk (I recommend), stayed out as long as we wanted, came back, relaxed, had light lunch, went for afternoon game drive, had dinner and drinks with the owners and so on.
Very nice, very intimate and very charming at a great rate.

  • Liked — african and charming
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Manyeleti | Manyeleti Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1362, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
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Pungwe Bush Camp South Africa/Manyeleti Game Reserve

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