A wonderful opportunity to experience a South African Safari. Go in search of the “Big Five” and enjoy the exceptional Pumba hospitality.
DAY 1 – EVENING AT PUMBA
From Durban, take a 1 ½ hour flight to Port Elizabeth. A drive from the open highway takes you deep into the wild bushland. The Pumba Private Game Reserve covers 6500 hectares of privately-owned property in the Eastern Cape, designated a Malaria free zone. Pumba’s Water Lodge overlooks Lake Kariega and offers traditional African safari coupled with five-star luxury resulting in a perfect balance of casual opulence. The Reserve is home to Africa's ‘Big Five’ along with other famous species such as giraffe, zebra, hippo and warthog, also known as ‘Pumba’. On arrival at Water Lodge, timber footpaths lead you to your thatched chalets complete with private deck and invigorating outdoor showers. You’ll have time to settle in before embarking on your dusk game drive, giving you the best opportunity to see wildlife at its most active. Dinner will be served at the Lodge allowing you to discuss your evening’s adventures over some excellent South African cuisine and wine.
DAY 2 – DAWN & DUSK GAME DRIVE
After an early morning wake-up call, you’ll depart on a morning game drive, returning to the Lodge for a full breakfast. Spend the remainder of the morning at leisure. Relax in the spacious lounge or open deck and watch out for wildlife on the Lake. Luncheon will be served, after which you are free to relax and simply soak up the wonderful Lodge atmosphere. Following afternoon tea, depart on dusk game drive where your experienced ranger will allow you to make the most of your time in the bush, tracking animals and later enjoying sundowners. Perhaps during your day’s activities, you’ll have been lucky enough to spot one of the local white lions, elephants or even the enigmatic leopards. Returning to the Lodge, dinner will be served.
DAY 3 –DAWN GAME DRIVE & PORT ELIZABETH
Another early morning start allows you one last chance to head out into the wilds for a morning game drive in search of the ‘Big Five’. On your return, sit down to a leisurely breakfast before checking out for your departure. You’ll drive back to Port Elizabeth where Queen Mary 2 will be waiting to welcome you back on board in time for luncheon.
Note: Bookings for this tour will close on 14th December 2012. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = DUR800A, Single = DUR801A). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour will depart from Durban on 6th April and return on 8th April in Port Elizabeth. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.
The drive to and from Port Elizabeth is approximately three hours, the majority of which is on smooth highway. This excursion is physically demanding and game drives are over uneven terrain. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and airport delays. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The contents and order of activities are subject to change by the Lodge management without prior notice. These may be due to weather conditions and/or the movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve.
Water Lodge is located in an unfenced reserve and wild animals may wander into the Lodge surroundings during the night. Guests must follow rangers’ instructions, and must be accompanied by a ranger when moving between buildings. 4x4 vehicles may not have seat belts fitted and standing up whilst vehicles are in motion is prohibited.
Environmental: part of the joy of this overland is the opportunity to go off the beaten track and to obtain a privileged insight into the cultural and natural environment. Please respect the cultures, traditions and ecology of the places visited with environmentally responsible behaviour.
The fare includes: transport by coach and aircraft, economy class air tickets, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as stated. Wines and spirits at the Lodge are inclusive, however premium brands and champagnes may be charged for.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, gratuities, room service, doctors fees, prescriptions, medication and travel insurance. There may be alternative activities offered from the Lodge, these are to be at guests’ own cost and are offered independently of this excursion. Guests from the USA, UK and Australia do not require a visa; all other nationalities should check visa requirements before travel.
What to pack: please remember your passport, which must have two blank pages, it is recommended that you place post-it notes on these two blank pages to prevent them being stamped during your voyage. Remember to take any medication you may require in your hand luggage. Warmer clothes for early mornings and evenings are recommended whilst protection from the sun is required during the day. Luggage limit is one soft case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.
Malaria: The Eastern Cape is registered as Malaria free; however guests are advised to seek advice from a Travel Medicine Clinic prior to travelling.