Pumba Game Reserve consists of 6000 hectares of mainly dense Eastern Cape valley bushveld, favoured by elephants, and grassland. Game is plentiful here, and warthog are the most visible, hence the name. There are 45 species of mammal, including white lion and wild dog, plus 280 species of bird. You would expect to see the big five here, with the exception of leopard which is very hard to find in the Eastern Cape.

Although Pumba is surrounded by farmland once inside the reserve, it feels like a huge expanse of wilderness, with hills on the horizon. There are two lodges, Water Lodge, set by Lake Kariega, and Bush Lodge (Msenge). Both are very comfortable. We can recommend Pumba as a luxurious and professionally-run lodge, set on an attractive reserve, with good quality guiding and plenty of wildlife.


Water Lodge has twelve stone-walled thatched chalets, set by a lake. Each chalet is in a private setting with timber deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower. The fabulous Kudu suite has two interleading rooms and is ideal either for families or two couples travelling together.

Msenge, or Bush Lodge, has eleven glass-enclosed chalets, each with a private deck, a plunge pool and outdoor shower. Both lodges have comfortable, spacious and well-designed communal areas, but Water Lodge has the edge as its communal area is larger and overlooks the lake. However, Msenge overlooks a plain so you are more likely to see game wandering past.


Apart from the game drives, Pumba offers bush walks and specialist bird-watching and star-gazing. A health spa and mini gym at Msenge can be used by both lodgers, and a variety of treatments are available at extra cost. Other activities in the area include a visit to historic Grahamstown (we can arrange a historical tour), golf - a Gary Player designed course just 30 minutes away - and a fabulous beach of rolling sand dunes at nearby Kenton-on-Sea.


At Water Lodge the Gemsbock (superior) chalets have a third bed; the Impala chalets can take a stretcher bed. There is also the Kudu suite with interleading rooms. All the rooms at Bush Lodge can take a stretcher bed.
Children under 8 cannot go on open game drives.

Getting there

Pumba is easy to get to, and easy to find, if self-driving. It is just off the N2, an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and 15 minutes west of Grahamstown.

All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
Rainbow Specialists
0203 131 5311

Tours staying at this accommodation

Winelands, Whales and Wildlife
South Africa
South Africa
Cape Town
+9 others
15 nights from £4,950 per person

Winelands, Whales and Wildlife

Itinerary Highlights

  • Taste gourmet food and superb wines
  • Watch the breaching whales
  • Dare to dive with a Great White Shark
  • Enjoy twice daily drives in search of big game
Candice Buchan

Candice Buchan

All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
British Travel Awards Crest
ATOL Protected ABTA Protected IATA Protected
Trust Pilot LATA Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

Stay in Touch

Subscribe for our newsletter and to hear about exciting offers and experiences