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A little gem – Pumba Private Game Reserve

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Vicki Tester


We’ve been thinking about ‘little gems’ in the office – places or experiences that provide a ‘wow factor’ of some kind during a holiday. For me (Angie), several come to mind and below is one of them.

Pumba Private Game Reserve is located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and works perfectly at the end of a self-drive holiday from Cape Town and along the Garden Route. The Eastern Cape has a number of game reserves, which have the advantage of being malaria free, but what makes Pumba stand out over the others is that it is home to the rare white lion.


White Lions pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson


A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colour, making them appear even more majestic than a tawny lion. Easier to spot, the white lion cannot rely on camouflage when hunting – which makes it harder for this beautiful animal to survive in the wild. Luckily for Pumba’s pride, a couple of years ago a female gave birth to not only white cubs, but also a tawny cub. This tawny lion will be integral for the survival of the pride – whilst the white lion distracts the game, the tawny lion will pounce.  

There are two lodges within the game reserve. Bush Lodge is built in front of a waterhole, which attracts a wide range of animals. During my stay, a whole herd of elephants came to visit, with the babies playing in and around the water. The accommodations are of an exceptional standard, with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. 

The second property is Water Lodge – accommodations are of the same standard but slightly different in style, and still with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. The lodge overlooks Lake Kariega, which is a regular haunt for hippo and good for bass fishing too.

 All in all, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers an incredibly special experience, and one that I would highly recommend! For more information, give us a call on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

Pumba water lodge - lake

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Elephants at Pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson



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