1 Night - African Pride: Pumba
Behold some of South Africa’s most majestic animals on four game drives in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve, a wonderland of more than 16,000 acres of privately owned bush.
After disembarking the ship in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the coach transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve. The traveling time to this part of Eastern Cape South Africa, which is malaria-free, is approximately 1.5 hours.
Upon arriving at the Pumba Water Lodge, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Lunch follows check-in. In the afternoon, you will embark on your first game drive.
Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Endangered white lions also live in Pumba, and seeing one stalking prey or lazing in its natural habitat is a rare, unforgettable experience.
Following the game drive you will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.
Following an early morning wake-up call you will embark on another game drive followed by breakfast and then your four hour transfer back to the ship. For comfort, it’s always advisable to bring warm clothing for the morning game drive.
As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.
The reserve sprawls over five biomes of diverse vegetation that support a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the more than 300 species that live in the area. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.
Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before checking out and transferring by coach to East London to rejoin the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.
11:00am Depart Port Elizabeth. Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve
1:00pm Arrive at the lodge, welcome drinks, lunch and check-in
4:30pm Depart for game drive
7:30pm Return to the lodge for dinner
Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge
6:00am Early-morning wake-up call
6:30am Early-morning game drive
9:30am Return to the lodge for breakfast
10:30am Transfer to East London – enjoy a packed lunch en route, prepared at Pumba Lodge
2:00pm Approximate arrival in East London and re-join the ship
South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year. The average high in the area in February is 25°C (77°F) and the average low is 18°C (64°F)
What to Bring:
Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for mornings, evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries.
The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.
South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.
No luggage restriction on board the coach. We suggest one soft sided overnight bag per person.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.
Pumba Water Lodge
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
* The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve.
* During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.
* During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game-drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements.
* Game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.
* This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion or spouse accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.
* Please consult your local physician prior to travel.
* Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
* Passports are required to be with guests.
* This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers; however, the program at the lodge is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.
* 1 night at Pumba Water Lodge on a fully inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, local house drinks, all meals
* All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system
Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only. Once at the lodge the program is not guided.
* One 500-ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers
* Porterage for maximum one piece of luggage per person
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
* Any meals not mentioned above
* Personal expenses such as curio shop purchases, laundry, and telephone calls
* Guide and driver gratuities
* Any other services not mentioned above
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.