Pumba Water Lodge

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Hand-Picked Hotel

Home to the Big Five and the rare white lion, this lakeside lodge offers a luxury safari experience for discerning guests.

Pumba Water Lodge is situated alongside Lake Cariega providing ample opportunities to watch the resident pod of hippos wallowing within sight of wood timbered platforms. During your stay, you’ll also have the chance to spot the Big Five, as well as the rare white lion and over 60 species of mammal and 300 species of bird. Twice a day you’ll be invited on early morning and afternoon game drives before returning home to see what’s happening down at the waterhole. The view from your own private plunge pool is the perfect spot to continue where you left off.

Spa treatments are also available if you fancy a refresh in between wildlife watching. Otherwise, you can opt for archery, walking safaris or bird watching expeditions or just relax with a good book on the sundeck by the pool. You’ll stay in one of just 12 stone built luxury cottages beautifully appointed with all creature comforts. Fireplaces, four-poster beds, and heated towel rails in en-suite bathrooms, keep up the cosy vibes, even in winter.

Dine on cordon bleu cuisine and local flavours, accompanied by South African wines, either in the main lodge restaurant or a romantic candlelit dinner for 2. And, maybe end the day with a nightcap under a starry African sky.

Pumba Water Lodge is open all-year-round and certainly worth staying at least two nights to make the most of the outstanding animal viewing and to soak up the very special safari atmosphere.

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Highlights

Spot rare white lions in Pumba game reserve

Luxury lodge overlooking Lake Cariega

Malaria free area

Stone cottages with lake views

Cordon bleu lodge restaurant

Lodge lounge and cocktail bar

Overview

  • Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • Flights not included

  • All Inclusive

From £185 per person per night

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Pumba Water Lodge - View
Pumba Water Lodge - Lake Kariega

Holiday details

Accommodation

Spacious stone walled chalets featuring timber decking and plunge pools overlooking the waterhole. En-suite bathrooms include stand alone tubs and floor to ceiling windows. Décor is all about Africa with wooden floors, partial thatched roofs, plush leather furniture and four-poster king-size beds. Fireplaces and heated towel rails add to the cosy cottage ambience.

Amenities

  • Spacious stone walled chalets featuring timber decking and plunge pools overlooking the waterhole. En-suite bathrooms include stand alone tubs and floor to ceiling windows. Décor is all about Africa with wooden floors, partial thatched roofs, plush leather furniture and four-poster king-size beds. Fireplaces and heated towel rails add to the cosy cottage ambience.

Holiday location

Map of Pumba Water Lodge, South Africa

Local Area

South Africa’s second largest province, the Eastern Cape, is situated along the Indian Ocean. This is where you’ll find the fabled Garden Route extending for 300kms from the western point of Witsand to Tsitsikamma National Park in the east. The major seaside city of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) sits to the south of the province. It’s an important point of entrance for travellers coming to watch whales and great whites or Africa’s Big Five in the national parks and game reserves.

Pumba Water Lodge is one of two lodges on the Pumba Private Game Reserve, situated around an hour and a half’s drive northeast of Gqeberha and overlooking Lake Cariega.. This private game reserve is set amongst grassland, fynbos, forest and savannah landscapes. There are nearly 60 different species of mammal roaming here including the Big 5, the rare white lions and around 300 species of bird. Other animals within Pumba private game reserve include giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and vervet monkeys.

Also, as Pumba’s just an hour’s drive east of Addo Elephant National Park, combining a trip to both locations is a great way to get the most out of your stay. You’ll have the chance to spot pods of hippos wallowing down at the waterhole. As well as elephants and marine animals within their natural Eastern Cape environment.

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