Situated in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve, this relaxed, yet luxurious lodge offers unrivalled views over Lake Kariega. The lodge is made up of 12 thatched, water-front cottages with private deck areas and plunge pools. Ideal for romantics, Pumba Water lodge has a contemporary African feel and offers an authentic African safari experience.

Pumba Private Game Reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife, over 250 different bird species and even the rare white lion. Enjoy thrilling game drives to search for these animals, taking the chance to see all the members of the legendary Big 5. Other exciting bush activities include birding safaris, archery and bush walks, and in the evening you can look forward to magnificent stargazing and night drives to see the more nocturnal animals.

Recent accolades & press

  •  CNN - One of the 10 Best Safaris 2015


  • Situated in the Big 5 Pumba Private Game Reserve
  • Private, stone-walled chalets on the lakeshore
  • Great views over the lake & surrounding bush
  • Thrilling game drives & bush walks
  • Indulgent spa treatments
  • Private plunge pools & outdoor showers
  • Get to see white lions

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Indulge in a range of massages, body wraps and treatments at the Soul Spa or watch the sun set as you sip a cool drink at the floating jetty boat on the lake.

During the warm afternoons, you can have fun in the swimming pool, relax on the deck, or read a book in the quiet library.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Wi-fi available


Because the lodge is intimate and small, meals can be served in a variety of scenic and private locations on the grounds.

Look forward to cordon bleu cuisine with an African twist and vintage wines from the director's cellar. For a romantic occasion, you can request a bush dinner, lit by candle light and set out in a private location.

Impala Chalet

The lodge consists of 12 spacious, stone walled chalets with thatched roofs and beautiful views over the surrounds. Each chalet boasts maximum privacy and overlooks the beautiful Lake Kariega. Chalets are comfortable and elegantly appointed, with private wooden decks, plunge pool and an outdoor shower.

Impala Chalet AMENITIES


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Star gazing
  • Fishing
  • Night drives
  • Private game-drives
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $520 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 $620 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 11 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $520 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Gemsbok Chalet,Kudu Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Our ranger Eddie, who drove us around for the whole time, was really the best ranger we could have had. We managed to spot all the big animals. We had a whole family of elephants crossing in front of us and we had a white lioness with 3 cubs at one meter from our vehicle. I have to say that was really really scary! more than sharks! We were lucky to be always only the two of us plus another couple on the car, that made the experience so unique and intense! After Pumba, our amazing holiday came to an end as every holiday does, unfortunately. I took so much with me, so much joy and happiness, that I smile so much when I think about all the memories I have about South Africa. Always with a little tear. South Africa really is something to experience. You really don't know what South Africa can offer and how amazing that country is until you experience it yourself.

    Giovanni Donati, January 2015
  • You really out did yourself on this one. I told my wife you probably told the ranger to make sure we get to see the big five and believe it or not we did exactly that, including the Leopard. I got some great footage of all five. The service was above and beyond the call to duty. The room WOW!!! Every meal was outstanding and the game drives beautiful. We had great weather the entire stay.

    Robert Head, December 2014
  • Because of the beauty of the lodge and game viewing it was my favorite. The lodge was decorated by a designer and was amazing. We saw all the Big 5. The White Lions are amazing and we saw them multiple times. If a person wants to be assured of seeing the Big 5 Pumba would be my recommendation by far.

    Valerie Naquin, October 2014
  • At Pumba the animals are more habituated to vehicles, and more concentrated in a smaller area. This meant I was able to get wonderful photographs especially of elephants and rhino. We took a ninety minute bush walk with a ranger which was the highlight of our visit there. The lodge was comfortable, meals were great, and the service was good.

    Keith Robson, October 2014
  • Pumba is a great lodge, The rooms are huge and have nice big terraces too. The game drives they were brilliant (even with the rain). We saw their white lions and the 3 baby cubs , rhinos "fighting", elephants. We also found the tawny lions.

    Gigi Koenig, May 2014
  • We stayed at this Private Game Reserve and what an experience that was!! The accommodation was unbelievable. We had our own Plunge pool on our balcony overlooking a breathtaking view of the reserve. We could see elephants roaming, Giraffes poking their heads out from the thicket. It was almost surreal. There were also monkeys that were very friendly, that seemed to populate the Lodge as much as the guests. The game drives were some experience too. We saw White lions, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhino and a seldom seen Leopard to name a few. We agreed our favourite animal was the Warthog though - It was actually quite hilarious watching them in action he he. We have also found a friend for life, in Harry our tour guide! We have kept in touch since we returned to the UK. He explained things in a manner which just kept you gripped throughout. This was all-expenses paid, so the food and drink was part of the deal!! Even when we went out on the game drives we would get coffees / teas in the morning and a Sundowner (beer/wine/spirit) on the game reserve as the sun was setting(bliss)

    Jennifer Keenlyside, February 2014
  • Pumba Water Lodge Safaris included majestic views, exciting "Big 5 Sightings" and the guidance of informed, competent and attentive Rangers.

    Nolene Dobson, October 2013
  • The Safari at Pumba was really really good. The staff, the location, the food, the service, the rangers, the accommodation were excellent, in fact is the thing that I appreciate mostly during the vacation. I would definetely reccomend to other people to stay there and mostly to go and visit South Africa.

    Stefania McCallion, September 2013
  • Pumba - another winner! What luxury! Again lots of nice little touches like the underfloor heating in the well presented bathroom. It was lovely to have our very own plunge pool but we didn't get chance to use it due to it being freezing. Never mind. The staff again were friendly and lovely. Game drives - wowzer! We had superb rangers at both Tuningi and Pumba and feel priviledged to have witnessed some of the animal behaviour we saw as a result of their expertise. Rangers were Christo (Tuningi) and Jean (Pumba).

    Jill Poyser, August 2013
  • Our experience at Pumba was phenomenal. The staff, the food, our ranger were all top notch. We didn't only see the white lioness and cub hunting, but they walked right next to the vehicle... twice!

    Cheryl Lott, May 2012

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Mary Keet

Mary Keet

Africa Safari Expert

"This unique lake side Lodge in Pumba Private Game Reserve, is perfect if you are looking for a romantic Big 5 Experience with a few added touches including boat trips, bass fishing or perhaps just sundowners on a floating jetty"



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Our experience at Pumba was phenomenal. The staff, the food, our ranger were all top notch. We didn't only see the white lioness and cub hunting, but they walked right next to the vehicle... twice!

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