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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



Pumba Welcomes New Addition to the Elephant Herd

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Elephants at Pumba Game Reserve

Courtesy of Pumba Private Game Reserve

The 12th of August marks the second annual World Elephant Day. This day was devised in order to create awareness of the current plight of both our African and the Asian elephants. The elephant is a loved, revered and respected animal by a variety of cultures around the world and it is therefore our duty to do whatever we can to ensure their safety and survival for our future generations.
World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environment where elephants can thrive under care and protection. This being said Pumba Private Game Reserve is thrilled to announce the delivery of a new baby elephant to our conservation reserve.
The new addition to the herd was born on Saturday the 26th of July 2014 and is the baby of the Matriarch of the herd. The calf is one of three babies born into the herd since March this year, all from different mothers. The other calves are respectively a male and a female and we are awaiting anxiously to determine the sex of our newest member once the calf is old enough.
The herd along with its youngest members have been providing guests with some incredible sightings. Join us on World Elephant day by expressing your concern, sharing your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of elephants across the globe.

We are delighted to pass on this story relating to World Elephant Day on the 12th August. Pumba Private Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa has long since been a favourite amongst our clients and the arrival of any new off-spring is always lovely to hear. If you would like to know more about Pumba, or any other holiday with a wildlife or safari element for that matter, please do not hesitate to call us on 01323 446550, email us on  info@experienceholidays.co.uk, or visit our website at  www.experienceholidays.co.uk

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