Guests per Safari Vehicle
With four en-suite meru-styled tents, Pungwe offers the kind of intimacy one only finds in an authentic safari camp. The thatched roofs over each of the large tents ensure that the interiors remain cool in summer and mild in winter. The en-suite bathrooms with their free-standing hot showers, large baths, flushing toilets and intricately designed basins provide all the creature comforts one would expect. Each of the tents offers either twin or king-size bed options under four-poster style mosquito nets, providing protection and an ambience reminiscent of a by-gone era.
Pungwe is situated in the southern portion of the Manyeleti Reserve, on the northern border of the Sabi Sand Reserve and the eastern border of the Kruger National Park. We are fortunate to have unfenced boundaries with both of these iconic reserves, allowing for free movement of game between the three reserves. The 24,000-hectare Manyeleti Reserve is wedged between the Timbavati Reserve, Sabi Sand Reserve and Kruger National Parks and open to all three. Although the Pungwe Safari Camp is in the southern portion of the Manyeleti, they traverse over the entire reserve, allowing them to go off-road for big game sightings. With only one other concession in the southern portion of the Manyeleti, they are fortunate to have a very low density of vehicles on safaris.
The Manyeleti is perhaps the best-kept secret of all the Lowveld reserves. It’s substantial 27 000 hectares are basically surrounded by the most famous reserves in South Africa, sharing unfenced borders with the Sabi Sand to the south, Kruger Park to the east and Timbavati to the north – so as you can imagine the game viewing on offer is truly top-drawer! Why then is it less well-known than its immediate neighbours? Ultimately this is due to their only being 2 commercial lodge operations in the entire reserve, so as a result there’s been far less publicity and exposure. But rest assured that game viewing here is excellent, with the reserve being known for its predator numbers and breeding herds of elephant and buffalo (sightings of 600-strong herds aren’t uncommon here!
Hoedspruit – Eastgate Airport
5.5 hours from Johannesburg
45 minutes from Hoedspruit
Pungwe Safari Camp, South Africa