Our room was incredibly spacious with a plunge pool and views overlooking the lake
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Eastern Cape, South Africa
Pumba Water Lodge
- Relax at this idyllc five star luxury game reserve and spa
- See the Big Five including Pumba's own pride of white lions
- Fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients from the garden
Facilities includeFree wireless internet Air-conditioning and heating Plunge pool Health Spa Mini electronic safe in rooms
- Sky Diving
- Game Drives
- Night Drives
- Horse Riding
- Bird Watching
- Hiking Trails
- Guided Bush Walks
Seasons in South Africa
About Pumba Water Lodge
Together with unrivalled beauty and an abundance of wildlife, Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa provides a premium game viewing experience not soon to be forgotten. View the famous Big 5 or the vast array of more than 250 species of bird. Search for over 60 different species of mammals and have the rare opportunity of seeing the magnificent white lion stalking prey or lazing around in its natural environment.
Discover unrivalled views over Lake Cariega at the idyllic Pumba Water Lodge.
Stroll to your own stone walled, thatched chalet off the meandering timber footpaths after a day out, and relax in absolute comfort. A romantic moment on your private wooden deck, an outdoor shower, or sundowners on the floating jetty can all be enjoyed as the South African sun burns the sky before it sleeps and the hippos meander in the distance. Once the sun is down, enjoy a gourmet dinner paired with vintage wines under the African stars.
Pumba Private Game Reserve's Water Lodge - the perfect balance between an idyllic African safari and true 5-star luxury. The luxurious lodge comprises of 12 stone-walled, thatched, chalets, each offering a uniquely spectacular view of Lake Cariega:
8 Impala Chalets offering four-poster, king or twin beds
3 x Gemsbok Chalets offering king or twin beds
1 x Kudu Suite offering 2 luxury en-suite bedrooms, separate lounge and private steam room
Pumba Private Game Reserve is situated within the glorious Eastern Cape Province, and within the SANBI Albany Centre of Endemism. This province benefits from a maritime and continental climate and experiences rainfall all year round. This means that the nine million hectares occupied by the province are rich in faunal and floral species. In fact, the area that the reserve occupies boasts five of the seven biomes in South Africa. Although dominated by vegetation known as Succulent Thicket or Valley Bushveld (thorny, spinescent, succulent bush), there are thousands of plant species. Over 4000 of these are endemic to the Eastern Cape.
There is a similar diversity of animals, which move and live in areas depending on the vegetation, as this determines their ultimate survival. The province is home to a plethora of mammals, birds and reptiles, many of which are threatened or endangered.
Pumba Private Game Reserve is committed to playing an active, relevant role in the conservation of the area, the upliftment of its community and the reduction of the consumption of resources. This has to be done while accommodating visitors from all over the world and showing them some of the natural treasures of Africa. Pumba has embarked on several initiatives to accomplish this balance.
Pumba Game Reserve is actively involved in the following projects:
The Green Leaf Environmental Initiative
Objectives of the Green Leaf Environmental Standard
Eastern Cape Association of Private Game Reserves (Indalo)
White Lion Breeding Programme
Leopard Monitoring and Rehabilitation Programme
Re-assessment of the Landscape of Pumba and the Alien Invasive Plant Species Clearing Programme
Rare and Endangered Species Introductory Programme
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Pumba is 105 km from Port Elizabeth Airport
South African Airways
For a maximum of 2 people; from Port Elizabeth to Pumba:
One way: 970 rand (£64)
Return: 1940 rand (£127)
Between 3-7 people; from Port Elizabeth to Pumba:
One way: 1220 rand (£80)
Return: 2440 rand (£160.50)
Driving directions can be requested.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Pumba Game Reserve is open all year round.
The additional activities are available on request and at additional cost.
Pumba Game Reserve is in a malaria-free zone.
The following credit cards are accepted at Pumba Private Game Reserve:
Check-In time: 14h00
Check-Out time: 11h00
Travelling with children
Children under the age of 3 years are accommodated complimentary in either a cot or a stretcher bed when sharing with two full paying adults.
Children over the age of 3 years are charged the applicable child/ 3rd person sharing rate, when sharing with two full paying adults.
Children under 6 years are welcome by prior arrangement.
For their own safety, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to go on normal big 5 game drives.
Babysitting facilities are available by prior arrangement at a cost of R75 per hour.
Special game drives can be arranged for families with children younger than 6 years. There is a surcharge of R750.00 for a private game drive vehicle, subject to availability.
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- We will create the best experience possible at a truly transparent price.