Pumba is an eco-friendly Private Game Reserve, located in the heart of the Yarrow region of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It’s an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, and 15 minutes from Grahamstown.

The Water Lodge overlooks Lake Cariega while the Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain offering spectacular mountain views. The Reserve is home to the Big 5 and more the 300 bird species.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It can get a bit busy)

Why Go:

  • Set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape
  • Intimate African safari experience
  • Home to Africa’s Big Five
  • Delicious African fusion cuisine
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Relaxing spa treatments


Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five, more than 300 bird species, and other bush animals like the rare white lion, hyena, cheetah and giraffes. All chalets have private viewing decks, and the resort offers game drives and day safaris.

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Pumba Private Game Reserve is set against the backdrop of the Eastern Cape's beautiful landscape. Water Lodge offers waterfront chalets overlooking Lake Cariega while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views offering luxury thatch and glass chalets.

Weather & Climate

The Pumba Private Game Reserve has an average daily maximum that varies from 20°C in July to 28°C and above in February. The region is coldest during July with average night temperatures of 5.6°C. The average rainfall is about 466mm per year.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Pumba Private Game Reserve is from March – May and October – December. Game viewing is excellent all year round.

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