Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
We spent 2 nights here as part of our honeymoon trip and I’m so pleased we chose it. We arrived at reception at about 3.30pm and the next safari was at 4.30. The drive to our lodge was quite far and we had loads of luggage but the staff were great in transporting us quickly so that we could make the safari in time. Our ranger then was the ranger for the rest of our stay, which is great because you build a rapport and relationship with them - important because you end up spending quite a lot of time with them (2 safaris a day, 2.5 hours each). Sia, our ranger, was great and made loads of effort to find us animals to see. There was a lot of respect shown to the animals as well as trying to allow us to watch natural animal behaviour.
We stayed at the Bush lodge and our room was beautiful. On a sunny day, it was such a sight! During your morning safari (6.30am to 9am) your room is refreshed and the blinds are pulled up which means you have a 360 degree view of your surroundings. Basically the walls of your room are window doors so you could even open them up if you wanted and feel like you were sleeping right in the Bush! Mosquito net doors allowed you to do this and there was mosquito netting around the bed which was surprising pretty. It was super private too.
One day we were there, the weather was cold and wet but it didn’t ruin my stay at all - we had a fire built in our room and I had a little snooze. Just a nice cosy lodge day by the fire! They provide lovely lavender bath salts - I’m not a bath person BUT I couldn’t resist given the atmosphere and view.
Staff were friendly and helpful and although you have to pay for laundry, it was extremely reasonable and done really quickly and effectively.
Food was good and they were able to accommodate for me being lactose free.
If you like being friendly and having that group feel on holiday with other holiday makers, then Pumba definitely has this in mind too. You spend the safaris with the same people for the duration of your stay (so that was 10 hours for us). This can be a bit tricky if you’ve got people who you find a bit annoying. There is a campfire at the lodge with seats set up in a circle so you kind of have to face each other. I just mention it because I can be quite introvert so it wasn’t really my bag. This had no impact on my enjoyment at all however. I loved the place and wished we had more time there.
North Baddesley, United Kingdom
Oxford, United Kingdom