Pumba Water Lodge

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Family-Friendly Pumba Water Lodge on Lake Cariega

South African game reserves are renowned for their compelling big 5 game viewing opportunities and Voyage2Africa recommends top-class safari accommodation in the Water Lodge on Lake Cariega in the majestic Pumba Private Game Reserve, one of these hotspots in the Eastern Cape Province.

Find this iconic family-friendly game lodge in thick bushveld with splendid views of Lake Cariega in an eco-friendly conservation area just outside the historic town of Grahamstown (Makhanda).  Do some fun bass fishing, birding, horse riding, archery and golf, apart from the impressive game drives and bush walks that are part of your Water Lodge safari in the Eastern Cape. 

Eight solid stone and thatched chalets stand on beautiful game viewing decks, leading off meandering timber walkways all facing the lake. Luxury fittings include earthenware fireplaces, deep bathtubs, outside showers and private plunge pools and tasteful décor rests the soul in this elegant lavish African safari lodge.

 Dine on authentic South African cuisine in the main dining area and choose a top Cape wine from the Director’s Cellar.  Visit the spa for a skin treatment or a much-needed massage or work out in the gym at the nearby Msenge Lodge gym. Game drives and bush walks are your reasons for being here to view animals in their natural habitat in the heart of one of South Africa’s prime game viewing areas, the glorious Eastern Cape. 

Look out for the big 5 and everything that makes this game reserve connect and radiate life – more than 300 bird species please birders and the unique landscape is well worth the photographs you take and collect.



Choose the remarkable 5-star Pumba Waer Lodge in the fantastic Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape for your next safari in South Africa. Your tour to Pumba includes beach visits, the big 5, stunning foods and top wines.

Expert game rangers and staff ensure that you are always happy and that you have a choice of activities at your fingertips – game drives, bush walks spa therapies and gym workouts are yours during this amazing safari holiday. Swim in the ocean too and enjoy sundowners in the bush overlooking the magnificent Lake Cariega. 

Eight stone and thatch bush chalets are fully equipped with fantastic ensuite showers, large lounges, air-conditioning and private decks with those awesome lake views. Buffet breakfasts on the terrace, light lunches and a la carte dinners in the restaurant at night paired with top wines make your days when you get back from game drives and walks, fishing and birding safaris. The lodge is tastefully south African and emanates a comfy home away from home vibe.  

Port Elizabeth Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away and guests can also seek a game of golf in PE. Kids are so welcome at Pumba Water Lodge so do bring them along to enjoy the many facilities, and the wildlife enrichment drives too. Voyage2Africa is your best tour operator in South Africa and we can organise your entire itinerary to the Capes of this beautiful country

Amazing Holiday Packages including Pumba Water Lodge

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve - Eastern Cape - Luxury Weddings
Per person sharing

Five Star Eastern Cape Bush and Beach Escape

7 Nights
Situated on the banks of Lake Cariega and offers 5-star luxury accommodation in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Water Lodge, set amongst dense bushveld overlooking Lake Cariega, offers 12 stone walled, thatched chalets leading off into meandering timber footpaths.

From $359



  • Bass fishing
  • Archery
  • Bushwalk 
  • Bird safaris
  • Photographic drives
  • Game drives
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Conservation programs
  • Kids activities and programs


  • All meals
  • Selected local beverages
  • 2 game drives daily
  • Luxury 5 Star Accommodation

The luxury living room interior of the accommodation at Pumba Water Lodge
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• FREE Wi-Fi
• Air-conditioning/heating
• Fireplace
• Ceiling fan
• Electronic safe
• Mosquito net
• Mini-bar


  • Exclusive spa and wellness centre with a gym nearby for body and soul therapies
  • A game reserve that includes visits to the nearby beaches as part of its services! Swim at Humewod or Summerstrand beaches in Port Elizabeth
  • Intimate conference venue in a picturesque setting for 20 delegates who can then game drive and team build too
  • Weddings and honeymoons are popular at this lake-view venue with its phenomenal menus.

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