Pumba Private Game Reserve

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Average rate: $367 - Hotel class: 5 stars
Highlands Makana Municipality, Grahamstown, South Africa

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A great safari experience Apr 27, 2014
It is a bit tricky to write about Pumba just focusing about the accommodation as the game driving is a part of the whole experience. But I will try to focus on the Pumba camp in this review.

We booked the Pumba safari online on their homepage and there was a bit of back and forth as I was not able to pay with my credit card so I had to fill out some forms and send this over to Pumba and that was of course a bit of a hassle. We also booked pick up at Port Elizabeth Airport and transfer to Gramhamstown after the safari. When we got to Pumba we had to wait for a few minutes before we were picked up by one of the rangers in a Range Rover – I guess it was a good thing as the road into the Msenge lounge is rather bumpy. But it didn’t take us long before we saw various bucks and a rock monitor and we were contemplating if the animals had been put there on display just for our viewing pleasure.

When we got to the Msenge lodge we were taken to the reception and a huge Blesbuck was feeding on some trees right outside the entrance. We had to sign some papers where we probably signed that we could not sue them if we were eaten by a lion and then we were taken to lodge H. The room itself was great –as you walked in we were met by a large bed surrounded by a mosquito net and the room was surrounded by large windows – this gave us access to a terrace and also a view to the surroundings including a view to the watering hole. The room also included a closet with a small fridge, a table and a couple of chairs, a torch, a pair of binoculars, a desk and a wood fired oven. It gets cold at night in South Africa and it was great to light the small fire place on the first evening and fall asleep to the sounds and sights of a fire place.

The next room was the bathroom and the walk in wardrobe – when we came to our lodge the suitcases had already been placed in the wardrobe and it also included a small safe. The bathroom was incredible – is included two sinks with various amenities (including SPF 15 and mosquito repellent), a large glassed shower that allowed us to take a shower while keeping an eye on what was happening outside and there was also a bathtub where you could take a relaxing bath while looking at the animals outside. There was a separate room for the toilet and also a door leading out to an outside shower. But there were several doors leading out to the balcony / terrace where there was a couple of sunbeds, a parasol and a plunge in pool. I jumped in the first afternoon that we got there and it was pretty freezing.

All out meals were included so in the mornings we had breakfast after the game drive. Lunch was a three course menu and it was possible to enjoy it on the lounge deck which included a view to the watering hole where giraffes, zebras, bucks etc came to drink. At night we also had a three course dinner with free wine and various other drinks but it was also possible to order special vintage wine if you were looking for something special. All the food was served in the main lodge and that included a small gift shop, a small PC room (there was free wifi in the main lodge), a game room and the restaurant – there was also a fire place in the middle of this main lodge and it was great to sit around the fire place at night, look at the stars and look at the menu for the evening.

There were also a couple of other buildings that included a spa, a gym and conference facilities. We tried the gym one day and the treadmill was not the great and Nikki was not that impressed with her manicure. We were pretty impressed with the food –the dinner was a nice selection of salads, soups, vegetarian and meat so it was not a problem finding some good options.

The Pumba Privat Game Reserve is located right outside Grahamstown and about 1 hour from Port Elizabeth so the location is not that ideal. But the game drives were great and we got to see elephants, while lions, rhinos, hippos, bucks etc.

All in all we were very happy with our stay at Pumba. I think that the safari experience is probably better in the Kruger park area but this was also a great experience. If you are looking for a safari experience in the Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Pumba is a great option.
The bedroom with the large bed
A fire place for cold nights
Bathtub with a view
Great bathroom
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Pumba Private Game Reserve Overview

Pumba is situated between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. It is a 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. The Pumba Private Game Reserve sits on a game reserve and offers stunning views from every location on the resort. The preserve houses Africa’s Big 5, which include the lion, leopard, elephant , rhino and buffalo. Other animals onsite include over 270 species of birds, leopards, antelope and other game animals. Shopping and dining establishments are an hour drive away to Port Elizabeth or thirty minutes away to the next smaller city. The airport is an hour and a half drive by car away from the Pumba Private Game Reserve. Taxi and shuttle service can be arranged by the hotel staff upon request.

The Pumba Private Game Reserve offers two lodges, the Pumba Water Lodge and the Msenge Bush Lodge. The Pumba Water Lodge comprises 12 stone-walled, thatched, waterfront cottages. Leading off meandering timber footpaths, the cottages open up onto private timber game-viewing decks with outside showers and plunge pools. Msenge Bush Lodge at Pumba offers 11 luxurious, glass enclosed thatched chalets, each in its own private bush setting.

The Pumba Private Game Reserve is a five star resort on the outskirts of the city. The hotel offers many amenities for guests, including a Business office, Wi-Fi, laundry service, Curio & Gift Shops, Gym and Soul Spa.

Pumba Private Game Reserve Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Bar / Lounge
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Housekeeping
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Excursions
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Massage
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Free Parking

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