DAY 1 – EVENING AT PUMBA
Departing the vibrant city of Cape Town, you’ll take an early flight to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. From here, you’ll drive along the open highway and into the wild bushland. The Pumba Private Game Reserve covers 6,500 hectares of privately-owned property in the Eastern Cape, designated a Malaria free zone. Pumba lodges offer 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 the lodge, timber footpaths lead you to your thatched chalet, complete with private deck and invigorating outdoor showers. You’ll have time to settle in and enjoy luncheon. Later on, you’ll meet up for afternoon tea 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. Head out on a 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 ELIZABTH
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 and soak up the warm Pumba hospitality. You’ll have a while to relax in the comfort of your surroundings, before bidding farewell to the lodge and heading back to Port Elizabeth, where you’ll join Queen Elizabeth in time for luncheon on board.
You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, 4x4 etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.
Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.
Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.
The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015. Bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double = CPT808, Single = CPT809). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. This tour will depart from Cape Town on 28th January and return in Port Elizabeth on 30th January. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation ports prior to booking this overland tour. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour will depart Cape Town on 28th January and return in Port Elizabeth on 30th January. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.
The drive from Port Elizabeth to Pumba is approximately 1½ 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.
Pumba 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 at all times. 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 travel, 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 additional activities offered at 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.
Activity: Please refer to the game reserve important information details in this brochure before booking this tour.
Malaria: The Eastern Cape is registered as Malaria free; however guests are advised to seek advice from a Travel Medicine Clinic prior to travelling.