Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa
Majestic White Lions Water Lodge
Majestic White Lions
Water Lodge

Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa

Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers the ultimate in African Safari with luscious awe inspiring bush, grasslands, and of course, the formidable Big Five. Experience the wonders of an African Safari – come face to face with the graceful giraffe, the seldom seen leopard, to the mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo. White Lions Just when you think you have seen them all... there is one more beautiful species for you to see at Pumba Private Game Reserve. The endangered and majestic White Lion... they will take your breath away. Complete African Wildlife Experience Pumba Private Game Reserve is also home to hyena, hippo, zebra, wildebeest, warthog and numerous species of antelope, like eland, kudu and bushbuck. All viewed from an open vehicle with experienced game rangers. For the bird lovers the nearly 317 species occurring in our geographical region will never fail to delight you.


South Africa


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.

Need to Know

White Lion Breeding Programme White Lions are rare but magnificent sights. Pumba Private Game Reserve is one of only two homes to free-ranging White Lions in the whole of Southern Africa (which includes countries like Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique). At Pumba, guests will have the opportunity to see the one white male, one white female and the two split females. It is very difficult to breed White Lions, especially within a free-ranging environment, as their mating habits are not controlled. However, Pumba’s White Lion Breeding Programme is designed to establish a pride of pure white and split-gene lions that can survive in the bushveld on their own. Leopard Monitoring and Rehabilitation Programme The leopard is a shy, elusive creature, difficult to track and control in terms of movements and population numbers. However, the experienced rangers and trackers at Pumba have noted various signs, including spoor, scats and kills, which enlighten them regarding the existence and habits of the local free-ranging leopards. These clues are particularly prevalent along the course of the rivers.


Pumba Reserve offers five star luxury a Water Lodge, overlooking Lake Cariega adn the equally stylish Msenge Bush Lodge, overlooking a waterhole with scnic mountain views. Both offer game viewing from the comfort of your own timber deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower. With Big 5 game drives, birding safaris, bass fishing, archery and guided walks, Pumba offers a unique safari experience. Explore the wild lanscapes of the Eastern Cape at Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa and connect with the magestic herds of the Southern African bushveld.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Covering 7000 hectares of land, Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to Africa's big 5, including a pride of rare white lion, hyena and over 300 species of birds.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Near-by Activities •Township Tours •Beaches •Sky Diving •Horseback Riding •Golf Courses •Historical tours •Hiking trails •Shopping in Grahamstown


On the reserve •Helipad •Airstrip •Bird hide •Bush Boma •Curio and gift Shop •Gym •Private vehicles •Health spa •Airport transfers Pumba Water Lodge •A thatched restaurant, from where meals can be served in a variety of locations - central dining room or main decks. Private candlelit dinners can be arranged on request. •GUEST Lounge, with satellite TV •Sheltered outdoor restaurant and lounge •Pool and sun deck •Game viewing deck •Waterfront floating pier and sundeck •Curio Shop, for locally produced curios, artworks and clothing. •GUEST Library •Free Wireless Internet •A conference room, seating 20 delegates, is also available. Msenge Bush Lodge •11 thatched, glass-enclosed chalets offering 5-star luxury •Restaurant •Boma •Game viewing deck, to watch animals interacting on the plain below the lodge •Function room seating 60 delegates •Bush Bar, to enjoy a refreshing cocktail whilst game viewing •GUEST Lounge, with fireplace in winter/cooler weather •Reading Room with satellite television •Internet office with 2 computers •Free wireless Internet •Soul Spa and fully equipped gym •Pool deck •Curio Shop


Pumba Water Lodge Discover unrivalled views over Lake Cariega at our idyllic Pumba Water Lodge. Stroll to your own stone walled, thatched chalet off our 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 hippo's 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. Luxury Accommodation The luxurious Pumba Water 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 Msenge Bush Lodge, perched above a watering hole and overlooking the flood plain of the Cariega River, offers 11 luxury, glass enclosed, thatched chalets, which flow naturally info the African Bushveld, allowing you to become one with nature: •10 x Msenge Chalets offering four-poster, king or twin beds •1 x Family Chalet offering 2 en-suite bedrooms with either king or twin beds, ideal for families with smaller children Leading off meandering timber footpaths, all chalets open up onto private timber game-viewing decks with outside showers and plunge pools. The bedrooms and bathrooms offer underfloor heating, dreamy, free-standing bathtubs, double basins, terry-towel bathrobes and splendid appointments to create an ambiance of luxurious indulgence. Air-conditioning, earthenware fireplaces and fine linen ensure your absolute comfort. Msenge Bush Lodge Discover the serenity of the African bush at our magical Msenge Bush Lodge. Feel one with nature in your own private glass enclosed chalet, as you watch the South African sun bid you goodnight over the distant hills and the elephants visit their favorite watering hole. Complete relaxation is yours as you gaze out from your wooden deck, cool down in your private plunge pool or take a refreshing evening shower surrounded by the African bushveld. Unrivalled cuisine or a traditional African braai in a bush boma under the starlit sky will provide a sumptuous close to each day. Pumba Private Game Reserve's Msenge Bush Lodge - experience true Africa in all its magnificence. Luxury Accommodation The Msenge Bush Lodge offers 11 luxurious, glass enclosed thatched chalets, each in its own private bush setting, offering: •Private Game viewing deck with plunge pool and outdoor shower •En-suite bathroom with separate shower and bath, separate W/C, twin vanities and heated towel rails •Private dressing room, with bathrobes, slippers and hairdryer •Bedrooms offer twin or king-size beds, with percale cotton linen, seating area and roman blinds for additional privacy


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High Season Jan - April Low Season May - Sep

Average StayAverage Stay

2/3 Nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

R5100 per person sharing, fully inclusive

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children Policy •Children under 8 years by prior arrangement. •For their own safety, children under the age of 8 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 8 years. There is a surcharge of R700.00 for a private game drive vehicle. •When sharing with two full paying adults, 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.

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