General

Awaken your soul and escape to the wild and magical African Safari destination, that is…Pumba Private Game Reserve. Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, this hidden gem offers the ultimate in African Safari luxury – combined with luscious awe inspiring bush, grasslands, and of course, the formidable Big Five. 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.

Pumba Private Game Reserve offers luxurious Five Star accommodation at one of two intimate and enchanting lodges. Each idyllic chalet is totally private and complete with their own pools framed by timber decks and outdoor showers…only the monkeys and the hippos will be watching you here. Every chalet is designed and decorated using individual and natural fabrics – picking up on a different aspects of African nature and wild life, and emersing you into feeling at one with the unspoilt beauty which surrounds you. When dining you’ll be treated to an array of gourmet safari cuisine, all prepared by our passionate Five Star chefs, who will cater to all your individual needs.

We have additional pampering for the mind, body, and soul, at the Msenge Bush Lodge’s Soul Spa – as well as our fully equipped gym surrounded by glass, and extending out beneath a cathedral of trees.
This is the heart and soul of wildest Africa…this is Pumba Private Game Reserve

Water Lodge

Welcome to Pumba Water Lodge!

105km from Port Elizabeth, Pumba Water Lodge offers true African wildlife, gentle style and relaxed luxury. Situated in Pumba Private Game Reserve, Pumba Water Lodge offers guests a unique wildlife experience with the Big Five, including free roaming White Lion as well as Wild Dogs, Hyena and Cheetah.

Overlooking the magnificent Lake Cariega, the lodge affords excellent game viewing in a malaria free area. Elegant comfort, warm hospitality and an ambience that takes its direction from the wild natural surroundings ensures a beautiful African safari experience.

Pumba Water Lodge offers unique wild luxury that pampers and soothes, ideal for honeymooners, families, business travel. The lodge also offers conference as well as wedding facilities.

Bush Lodge

As you are met at the Gate by a warm smile, feel your stress and tension melt away. Take a moment to stretch and rest your body whilst the serene bush starts to flow with your every movement.

Let your African Experience begin………..

One of our skilled rangers will escort you to the Magical Msenge Lodge. Relax and take in your surroundings, the beauty of Pumba Private Game Reserve. Nestled in the heart of the historical Eastern Cape, where luxury meets the wild African bush, Msenge Bush Lodge provides a truly unique Safari experience, offering stunning bird’s eye views of the wild life interacting around a water hole, as well as views over vast flood plains and mountain ranges.

You have now arrived at Msenge Bush Lodge, your senses stimulated by nature itself. Our attentive staff eager to welcome you, usher you into our Lodge. A strange sense of familiarity and comfort basks over you as you settle into your African experience and the luxuries the Lodge offers.

Msenge Bush Lodge offers 11 exclusive luxury, glass enclosed, thatched chalets, which flow naturally into the African bushveld, allowing you to become one with nature. Your every need is catered for in your private bush chalet. Dreamy bathrooms with magnificent views, luxury bedrooms opening onto private timber decks complete with plunge pools and outdoor showers, give you no reason to leave your chalet, except for a visit to the Soul Spa or a Big 5 Game Drive with our knowledgeable rangers.

Head to our main lodge where you will be treated to exceptional gourmet cuisine either in our restaurant or may it even be under a star lit sky on the deck. Relax in the spacious lounge alongside the crackling fire, or watch animals grazing on the grassy plain from the main deck’s magnificent vantage point. You may even be lucky enough to witness Hapoor the elephant taking a sneaky drink from Msenge’s main pool.

This is the purity of Africa, let it filter through your soul and embrace the Magic of Msenge Bush Lodge.

Day Safaris

Don’t worry if you can’t come and spend the night with us – we have the most fabulous and wild Day Safari’s tailored to your needs.

All inclusive packages at various times of every day, 365 days of the year.

Actual times of Day Safari game drive departure will vary depending on the season.

Your African Day Safari will include:

  • Welcome drinks and snacks
  • A two and a half hour game drive safari through Pumba’s Big 5 Reserve on luxury open landrovers with highly qualified Ranger navigating and driving you through the African bush, as well as all aspects of your safari experience.
  • Dining at the Msenge Boma, around the fire, and enjoying sumptuous African gourmet meal plus all local drinks.
  • Another hours’ game drive back to the point of transfer.

Special Comments

Numbers are limited so pre booking is essential
Transfers to and from PE are available by prior arrangement
Viewing includes the Big 5 plus Hippo, Cheetah, White Lion and so much more.
This is an incredible experience for bird lovers, star gazers, environmentalists and anyone who just loves the outdoors and nature.

Nature and Wildlife

Pumba Private Game Reserve stretches over an area of 6790 hectares, which makes it the third largest privately owned Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, covering 5 of the 7 South African Vegetation Biomes, resulting in amazing diversity of Flora and Fauna waiting to be discovered by you.

The vegetation is a mixture of the unique and dense Eastern Cape Valley Bushveld favoured by elephants and browsing antelope. The open plains bound with an abundance of grazing antelope and the endangered White Rhinoceros.

Home to Africa’s Big 5, Pumba Pivate Game Reserve is Malaria-free and offers visitors the chance to experience the wonders of Africa – from the graceful giraffe to the seldom seen leopard, and the very rare White Lions – 45 species of mammals and other small game. For the bird lovers and twitchers the nearly 317 species occurring in our geographical region will never fail to delight you.

Safari Activities at Pumba Private Game Reserve

A Safari drive conducted by one of our qualified guides in the luxury of our open Land Rovers will leave you thrilled and awe inspired. View our breathtaking, free-roaming, White Lion pride in their natural environment and ’escape’ into Africa as you search for the leopards, buffaloes, elephants, tawny lion and rhinoceroses that roam the plains, along with countless smaller species.

Night Safari Drives

Night safari drives will give you the chance to see an entirely different array of animals as they come out of their hiding places to hunt and forage in the cool darkness. These include the otherwise elusive aardvark, hyena and aardwolf. Lions also revel in the cool evening air, making impressive kills which you may be lucky enough to witness. The spotlights on our safari vehicles are unobtrusive, but will allow you to be a part of the after-dark action.

Birding Safari’s

With the wide variety of avian species gracing the Eastern Cape skies, you are assured of a very satisfying birding safari. Pre-arranged bird outings are conducted, using modern birding technology which will enable you to learn about bird species, habitats and behaviors’. Our qualified birding guides conduct these safaris through the exquisite Afromontane Forest, along the river banks and valleys of Brookhuizenspoort, and from the magnificent vantage point of our bird hide.

Gym

Enter Pumba’s gym through the tree and flower mosaiced entrance and hall way. Once inside the gym you’ll be surrounded by 180 degrees of glass, providing your very own personal ‘window to nature’ while you exercise away in our fully equipped gym, including weights, treadmills, bicycles, rowing machines, a mini circuit, pilates ball, and more.

You may even feel like treating yourself to one of our many relaxing and pampering Spa treatments while you’re there.

Soul Spa

Come and enjoy a soothing stress release and relaxation experience in perfect harmony with nature and the wild. Using aromatic and mystical natural treasures from fynbos, sea and desert, our professional therapists will ensure an unsurpassed pampering of the body, and peaceful restoration of harmony to the mind, body, and soul…

Our menu of pampering includes a variety of massages, body wraps, hot stone therapy, manicures, pedicures, personalized facials, as well as the latest technology in hydrotherapy – all while maintaining a holistic approach. At your leisure you may also make full use of the complimentary Steam Room and Plunge Pool.

There is a comprehensive Spa Menu for you to choose from, or alternatively you can let us know what you need in order to achieve full relaxation – and we will tailor make your Pumba Spa Experience for you.

Should you feel more comfortable in the privacy of your luxury chalet…sit back and relax…our therapists will come to you.

Please be reminded that all treatments are by request in order to allow for preparation time.