PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Pumba Private Game Reserve

In the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Pumba Private Game Reserve provides an authentic and luxurious safari experience, ideal as an add-on to the Garden Route. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5, as well as white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe and an abundant 270 bird species. Enjoy twice daily game drives in open Landrovers with experienced rangers, or on a guided walking safari.

The split level dining and lounge area of the luxurious Pumba Water Lodge are warmed by a central fireplace and open out to large wooden decks and an inviting pool with stairs leading down to the jetty and the peaceful Lake Kariega. The 12 stone-walled, thatched waterfront chalets are all air-conditioned with under-floor heating, telephone, mini-bar and tea/coffee stations. The en-suite bathrooms offer free-standing baths, double basins, bathrobes and outdoor showers, while the lounge and bedroom share a crackling fireplace and open out to a private timber deck and private plunge pool overlooking the lake. Activities include hiking, botanical walking safaris, stargazing, archery, bass fishing, bush picnics, birding safaris and the chance to learn more about the White Lion breeding programme.

The Lodge is set amongst dense bushveld, overlooking Lake Kariega and offers sweeping views from its terraced deck, complete with bushveld pool. The Bush Bar is the spot to enjoy a sundowner before dinner, a cordon bleu delight, served under thatch or under the stars. Opulent, stonewalled, thatched and air-conditioned chalets are set along the lake’s edge.

The main areas of Pumba Msenge Lodge include a function room, a bush bar, a wellness centre and a mini gym.The lounge and restaurant are warmed by an ornate fireplace and open out to the deck and pool. There are 11 secluded thatched chalets which are completely enclosed in glass, making the most of the tranquil bush setting, they have private viewing decks overlooking a small waterhole with extensive views of the vast floodplains and highlands beyond. Each chalet is air-conditioned with a mini-bar, fireplace, ceiling fan, electronic safe, telephone and private dressing room. The en-suite bathrooms have outdoor showers and the spacious lounge areas open out to the deck and the private plunge pool. Take part in hiking, botanical walking safaris, stargazing, archery, bass fishing, bush picnics, birding safaris and the chance to learn more about the White Lion breeding programme.