Overview

  • 12 Luxury Thatched Cottages
  • Pumba Private Game Reserve
  • Exceptional Big Five viewing
  • Award winning & excellently rated

Pumba Private Game Reserve’s very own Water Lodge provides the perfect balance between an idyllic African safari and true 5-star luxury. Guests of the Water Lodge will be privy to unrivalled views over Lake Kariega, complemented by inviting hospitality and a warm atmosphere.

All nestled within the malaria-free province of the Eastern Cape, guests can look forward to spotting the Big 5 (leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes and rhinoceroses) as well as the free-roaming pride of magnificent White Lions, wild dogs, hyenas and cheetahs.
In addition to the ultimate safari experience, this lodge also offers romance, intimacy and convenience, making it the ideal retreat for honeymooners, families or corporate guests. Conference and wedding venues complete the world-class experience within the Eastern Cape beauty.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Situated in the Big 5 Pumba Private Game Reserve;
  • A rare sighting of white lions - if you are lucky enough!;
  • Indulgent spa treatments and complimentary archery;
  • Offers unrivalled views over Lake Kariega;
  • Thrilling game drives and bush walks;
  • Private plunge pools and outdoor showers.

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Game drives
  • All Meals
  • Teas and coffees
  • Selected local beverages
  • VAT at 14%

Facilities

General

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Meal on request
  • Lounge
  • View deck
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Computer facilities
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Meeting facilities
  • Conference Centre
  • Gift shop
  • Safety deposit box
  • Kiddies Club
  • Secure Parking
  • Laundry
  • Airport shuttle
  • Malaria Free

Rooms

Impala Chalet

Available: 8 chalets Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

All 8 standard Impala Chalets are spacious at 144sqm with large comfortable king size beds that convert to twin and invite guests to relax and enjoy the fantastic views overlooking Lake Cariega. The rooms are luxurious yet understated with every attention to detail and quality the key to the décor. Each room has stunning framed pictures of wildlife giving each chalet a touch of individuality. The ensuite dreamy bathrooms boast free-standing deep baths, separate showers and heated towel rails. Each room has a game viewing deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower where guests can relax in ultimate privacy. All rooms are equipped with a mini bar fridge as well as tea and coffee facilities. Earthenware fireplaces add warmth to the rooms on chilly nights

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Heater
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Verandah
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Safe
  • Mosquito net
  • Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Gemsbok Chalet

Available: 3 chalets Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

Each chalet at this Pumba Private Game Reserve accommodation offers an exclusive and secluded experience boasting stunning views of the beautiful Lake Cariega and floating pier.
These superior chalets are spacious and individually decorated and include a lounge area recessed from the bedroom with generous built-in daybed ideal for curling up with a good book whilst listening to the calls of Africa.

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Heater
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Verandah
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Safe
  • Mosquito net
  • Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Kudu Suite

Available: 1 suite Unit Sleeps: 4 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

This stylish 2 bedroom chalet has a lounge area separating the 2 bedrooms. Generous proportions with every attention to detail, crisp white embroidered linen and a comfortable king sized bed make the main room a heavenly retreat. The second bedroom has its own private bathroom and shower area. A wraparound deck with private plunge pool and steam room below complete this picture of ultimate luxury.

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Heater
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Verandah
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Safe
  • Mosquito net
  • Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Activities

The 6 000 hectare reserve claims a list of game that includes the significant seven – giraffe, zebra, hippo, cheetah, warthog and hyena -, the diminutive dozen (including the likes of the scrub hare, antbear, Cape fox and aardwolf) and a more than fair selection of antelope.
Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5, where visitors have a chance to experience many of Africa’s wonders… from giraffe to the elusive leopard, antelope, other small game and over 300 species of birds. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape is favoured by elephants in the dense bushveld environment.
A further drawcard is free roaming white lions, there as a result of the reserve’s white lion breeding programme, whilst over 300 bird species allow for hours of restorative bird watching.
For those who want to do more than to bask in the beauty of the surrounds and easily spot animals, there are also bass fishing, spa treatments, nocturnal bush drives and walks on the wild side – walking through the bush.

  • Game Drives
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Walks
  • Game Viewing
  • Fishing
  • Massages
  • Stargazing
  • Night drives
  • Gym
  • Archery

Rates

High Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 JAN 2018 - 10 JAN 2018 Impala Chalet Per person per night sharing From R8280
01 JAN 2018 - 10 JAN 2018 Gemsbok Chalet Per person per night sharing From R9180
01 JAN 2018 - 10 JAN 2018 Kudu Suite Per person per night sharing From R9780
11 JAN 2018 - 30 APR 2018 Impala Chalet Per person per night sharing From R6940
11 JAN 2018 - 30 APR 2018 Gemsbok Chalet Per person per night sharing From R7840
11 JAN 2018 - 30 APR 2018 Kudu Suite Per person per night sharing From R8440
1 OCT 2018 - 20 DEC 2018 Impala Chalet Per person per night sharing From R6940
1 OCT 2018 - 20 DEC 2018 Gemsbok Chalet Per person per night sharing From R7840
1 OCT 2018 - 20 DEC 2018 Kudu Suite Per person per night sharing From R8440
21 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2018 Impala Chalet Per person per night sharing From R8280
21 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2018 Gemsbok Chalet Per person per night sharing From R9180
21 DEC 2018 - 31 DEC 2018 Kudu Suite Per person per night sharing From R9780

Low Season

Dates Room Type Board Basis Rate
01 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018 Impala Chalet Per person per night sharing From R5485
01 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018 Gemsbok Chalet Per person per night sharing From R6385
01 MAY 2018 - 30 SEP 2018 Kudu Suite Per person per night sharing From R6985

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Game drives
  • All Meals
  • Teas and coffees
  • Selected local beverages
  • VAT at 14%

Reviews

Based on 1326 Reviews

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

“Excellent reserve, luxury accomodation”

We visited for two days on Dec 17, we came here on recommendations relating to the accessibility and number of animal viewings and we were not disappointed. Our guide was Siva who was very knowledgeable, helpful and determined to let us see all the animals we were interested in viewing. We got the vehicle close to the animals and this allowed us to get some fantastic pictures. We managed to see the animals we wanted to on most of our drives. The accommodation is five star, we stayed in a water lodge and the room was luxurious, large and comfortable. All the staff were helpful and always on hand to look after you. We would recommend this reserve, and if we return to the Eastern Cape would return here.

~ FreddieJac ~ Harrogate, United Kingdom
Eastern Cape Game Reserves

“Incredible”

This is the second time we have visited Pumba because the first time was just amazing and we just couldn’t get enough of the place. We visited October time as we prefer the weather not too hot. This place is heaven on earth – we stayed in the water lodge this year which was just amazing. Lounging around the lake watching the wildlife from afar and the hippos bathing. Our safari drives were made very special thanks to our ranger Neale who was so knowledgeable and fun. We experienced a breakfast at the bird hide which was out of this world watching the hippos whilst enjoying a superb breakfast. Can’t recommend this place highly enough. Thank you to all the dedicated and hard-working staff and big thanks to Neale our ranger.

~ brocklehurstbandb ~ Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
Eastern Cape Game Reserves

“What a beautiful place and great staff”

We had a water lodge (number 8), a beautiful large bedroom and living room with its own log burner, a large bathroom and a private plunge pool and outdoor shower. It was far too cold for the pool but the fireplace was terrific. We celebrated our wedding anniversary there and on our return to our room after dinner found that the staff had lit the fire and left out treats and sparkling wine for us – a lovely touch.
The safari part of the stay was awesome and we had the best ranger on the site (I bet everyone says that), we had Neil. He was so knowledgeable and nice to everyone, he had his jeep loaded up with drinking water as well as hot water bottles and blankets (it can get very cold on the evening drives). He also provided hot drinks and snacks on the morning drives and drink (wine if you wanted) on the evening drives. If you have done a large Kenyan type safari before, this is nothing like that. Both types are magical in there own way but completely different. Highly recommended.

~ dagreenspan ~ Valencian Country, Spain
Eastern Cape Game Reserves

“An African Experience ”

We received a very warm welcome when we arrived at the Water Lodge, Pumba Private Games Reserve. Lovely chalets overlooking Lake Cariega. Fabulous service and cuisine at the Water Lodge. The team are extremely polite and friendly and ensured we had a wonderful stay at Pumba. Such attention to detail from ponchos and hot water bottles for the early morning drives to hot water bottles to warm the bed at night. The menu was great with an excellent choice which included a vegetarian option. We went on a number of drives both early morning and evening. Neale, our ranger was extremely knowledgeable about the animals, their habitat and behaviours. He ensured that we saw a lot of animals and enjoyed each drive, whilst we were staying at Pumba each drive got better, especially the last drive held on the morning before we left. We had an amazing time and we hope that one day we will return. Thank you to everyone.

~ hazelcowls ~ Truro, United Kingdom

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