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Jean V wrote a review on TripAdvisor Sep 2019

De Haan, Belgium

Highlight of our South Africa experience

Pungwe Safari camp was definitely the highlight of our stay in South Africa. This was everything we could dream of for a safari. A tent with the luxury of a hotel room, wild animals right outside the camp, great food and above all - fantastic hosts... We truly felt like staying with friends we had known for a long time. If you want to experience the bush without the (number) feeling of the Kruger park - Pungwe Safari Camp is the place to stay. Many thanks to Michel, Isaac, Rob, Wonderboy and all of the staff members who made this an unforgettable experience.

Peggy P wrote a review on TripAdvisor Sep 2019

Hampton, Georgia, United States

Can’t wait to go back

This was truly what I was looking for - an African adventure! Food was so delicious thanks to Chef Robert. Out tent was extremely comfortable and not having electricity or WiFi or cell service made the entire experience so much better. The staff took such good care of us. Our guide and tracker made sure we saw all the Big 5 animals up very close. It was perfect from start to finish.

“The friendly and helpful staff, the great food, the fact that the camp was unfenced, the lovely rooms with very comfy beds and above all the excellent game drives.”

Alta Singapore

On Booking.com

“Lovely place, hosts, food and experience! The hosts go extra mile to address your requests and are quite enthusiastic”

Sreejith India

On Booking.com

“Wow ! Couldnt rate higher ....had an amazing stay , very special and untouched place compared to many other places. The wildlife was spectacular. Seen a leopard along with many other animals. Unfenced camp so lions and hyenas etc through the camp at night, amazing! Felt very safe due to knowledgeable guard/guide. Food amazing!! ”

Caroline - United Kingdom 

On Booking.com

KajariM1

An Authentic African Bush Experience

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile on Tripadvisor

Stayed for 4 nights and loved the experience.
Tents with inbuilt toilets on a raised platform, no electricity, solar power during the day in the lounge area for charging batteries, oil lamps and hurricane lamps at night, no fencing of boundary, donkey boiler with firewood burning for hot water in shower, this is nishite.
The hyenas scratching the tent at night, the impala and francolins resting in the shade of the tent, the bull elephant munching on branches by the side of the tent, this is wild Africa at its best.
The staff were very efficient, the cook Robert could prepare 3 course menus with his limited resources, the game drives were excellent.
Our guide Issac and tracker Noelle were an excellent team and could give us unforgettable wildlife experiences as off roading was allowed.
Rare experience was seeing a Cheetah calling to his mate who was some distance away, and seeing 2 leopards , one male and one female, with their kill, hauling it up the tree, and that too on the same day. A very lucky day indeed.

 

Pietertje64 Netherlands

8.8

Reviewed on Booking.com: 9 August 2019

Fabulous

 · The real authentic safari experience. Very small camp with only 4 tents, No fence, no electricity (except to charge the occasional battery), but plenty of hot water for the shower based on firewood. Of course there is no Wifi and very limited cell phone reception. This adds to the experience and makes you read books and relax in between safari's.

Rosie Deck-Meier  recommends Pungwe Safari Camp on FaceBook

21 June at 08:52 · 

Familiar and very interesting stay!!! Very exciting Game drive and bushwalk! We learned such a lot!!! Thanks Russel and his team! To see lions, leopards, the rhino and to hear all these sounds at night was unforgettable!!! We were so lucky with all that!!! Best recommends!!! Rosie & Felix from Switzerland

Private bathrooms · Cosy atmosphere · Spacious rooms

Reviewed by AnnebelleGoossens on TripAdvisor

19 Jun 2019

Absolute amazing bush experience

We have had an unforgettable stay in Pungwe Bush camp. The staff has taken real good care of us and we were too lucky to see the big 5 in under 24 hours. It’s a very special camp where you stay really close to all animals. Amazing trip. Would recommended it to everyone.

Reviewed by SamNicholson90 on FaceBook

15 Jun 2019

Amazing authentic, bush experience

Where to begin?! What an amazing place. The experience was incredible; from making tea on the fire, to hearing lions and hyenas in the camp, the peace from wifi and electricity to the phenomenal game drives. The camp itself is great and the safari tents are excellent. The tents are spacious and well furnished. The food is wonderful and the guides, staff and host contribute to an overall excellent experience. It's the perfect place to unwind, relax and truly experience what the African Bush has to offer.

Reviewed by KevKenyon on TripAdvisor

2 Jun 2019

In the Bush at Pungwe

Authentic Pungwe. From the day we arrived till the day we left we were made to feel like family. The tents were spacious & kept very clean. Staff very helpful & pleasant. Walks & Drives were amazing seeing the super 7. Mich also arranged visits to the community & a Crèche Pungwe help . We had such an awesome time I’m already looking to book for next year big thanks to Mich & all the staff

AfricaPhotographic wrote a review on TripAdvisor Apr 2019

4 contributions

Authentic African Safari Experience

Pungwe is a jewel in the Manyeleti game Reserve, Its a small intamate bush camp only 8 guests in total.

It is a totaly off the grid camp meaning no electricity even the fridges run on gas This gives it a wonderful remote authentic bush feel which is sometimes lost at the more luxurious lodges

It has 4 tented rooms When I say tented they are nice solid tents with a solid thatch roof structure over the tent ( see photos ) The shower water is heated with what they call heating donkey its a drum that has the water in heated by a log fire to deliver the hot water.

The main dinning /bar/lounge area is quite eunique as there is a permanent camp fire that burns next to the main dining area were you can grab a bush coffee brewed on the fire at any time.

The food was simple dew to the lack of electricity but it was tasteful and well varied 

Game drives in the Manyaleti were fantastic and we saw everything. 

If you want to unwind Pungwe is the place to be there is no wifi or cell signal but you do get intermittent reception when you are on gamedrive.

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Date of stay: February 2019

Trip type: Travelled with friends

Value  *****

Cleanliness *****

Service *****

 

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HappyMondayGary wrote a review on ripAdvisor Apr 2019

Brisbane Region, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote

Second trip, better than amazing first trip

This was our second trip to Pungwe and we will be back again. We travelled from Brisbane, Australia. We stayed for 3 days in September 2017. We stayed 5 days in September 2018! Wow!, great time, and amazing sightings, we saw cheetah, leopards, lions, elephant, rhino, buffalo and much more. Our safari guides Never and Wonder, were brilliant, very friendly and they got us close to the most amazing animal sightings. We cannot thank them enough for the amazing trip. On 1 game drive in 1 hour we saw Cheetah, leopard, elephant and a large pride of lions. Birding was good too. 
As per my last review in October 2017, you will not find better value for the chance of seeing the big 5 up and close. Pungwe is the best value for money place I know of around the Kruger national park. you will see the same animals and sightings as the people from the other lodges who are paying 4 or 5 times as much.
Pungwe is a comfortable authentic safari camp. the rooms are large, and the beds are very comfortable. I love the fact you sleep in a tent under a large thatch roof. Ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold water and a bath - which my wife loved. Only 4 chalets means maximum 8 guests so its nice and intimate and not overcrowded. 
The meals were good, and the camp situated in a nice environment where the animals can roam freely around. We felt safe at all times, but really enjoyed the fact that we had elephants walking through the camp at night. 
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend Pungwe to anybody. 
Michel, your safari camp delivered a truly wonderful time for us again. Cant wait to get back to Pungwe. Gary and Angela.

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Date of stay: September 2018

Trip type: Travelled as a couple

Room Tip: All rooms are good.

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Cleanliness  *****

Service  *****

Sleep Quality  *****

Booking.com Review

“Wow ! Couldnt rate higher ....had an amazing stay , very special and untouched place compared to many other places. The wildlife was spectacular. Seen a leopard along with many other animals. Unfenced camp so lions and hyenas etc through the camp at night, amazing! Felt very safe due to knowledgeable guard/guide. Food amazing!! ”

Caroline United Kingdom

 

Booking.com Review

“Excellent facilities for a safari, no WiFi and minimal electricity but that was part of the fun!”

Callum United Kingdom

Booking.com Review

“Lovely bush camp very relaxing and comfortable. The staff are so welcoming and kind. Best experience so organised will definitely stay again.”

Hh United Kingdom

Booking.com Review

“The friendly and helpful staff, the great food, the fact that the camp was unfenced, the lovely rooms with veru comfy beds amd above all the excellent game drives.”

Alta Singapore

 

Booking.com Review

“We absolutely loved Pungwe as it is an amazing place, on a great location. Very nice tents and so cool to drive quite a bit into the park before getting to the Pungwe area. We would definitely recommend this to everyone. Great staff, food was awesome, guides were very experienced. Michel, the owner of the place, is extremely welcoming and shares very nice experiences and has unbelievable knowledge about the park, the animals and also about South Africa and its history”

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Curious28959725381 wrote a review on TripAdvisor Mar 2019

Bremen, Germany1 contribution

Fantastic

It was a fantastic stay in the Pungwe Bush Camp. The staff and the guides are so friendly and the game drives and bush walks are really exciting. Even the breakfast as well as the dinner were absoluty perfect. 
We hope we will come back. 
Thanks for all, Sabine and Max

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Date of stay: March 2019

Trip type: Travelled as a couple

Value    *****

Rooms    *****

Location    *****

Cleanliness    *****

Service    *****

Sleep Quality    *****

Pioneer28488437848 wrote a review on TripAdvisor

Pungwe Safari Camp 

 

Beautiful stay in Manyeleti

Great tents with large bathrooms and an inviting and big common area. Food was very good with coffee and tea all day long. We had elephants and hyenas in the camp which was very exciting. Two game of four game drives with remarkable sightings, seeing wild dogs interacting with hyenas, a leopard with cubs and a lion pack. Lots of game around, only the guides could explain a bit more about the wildlife.

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Date of stay: December 2018

Trip type: Travelled with friends

407hannahl on TripAdvisor

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most incredible stay at Pungwe Bush Camp !!

We had the most amazing experience with our 4 day stay at Pungwe it was so peaceful and relaxing. the staff were so lovely and looked after us very well from camp to safari drives. The camp and tents are very comfortable just felt 5 star and luxurious, excellent game viewing with good trackers !! we was so lucky to have regular visits from the elephants who are free to wander through the camp. we would defiantly stay again.

Date of stay: December 2018

Edoardo T on TripAdvisor

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best Safari Experience of my life

Stayed 3 days in this little lovely camp, food was great and the staff was very friendly and professional.
The tents where we slept were very clean and comfortable.
Even if we were in a bush camp with our guide, Julian, we always felt safe.
If you want to live a real safari experience Pungwe is your place.

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Date of stay: December 2018

Trip type: Travelled with friends

lgaranflo

Johns Island, South Carolina

73

Reviewed 1 week ago on TripAdvisor

Pungwe Camp, the real Africa!

Pungwe camp in Manyaleti Reserve was an amazing and thrilling stay. This camp is small but very luxurious. Food was delicious and expertly prepared by long time chef Robert. The tents are large, covered with a thatched roof and full bathroom even a huge tub and plenty of hot water!We had two drives each day and sae the big 5 on every drive! The reserve is unfenced so animals from Kruger, Sabi, and Timbavati roam freely. Manyaleti is a large reserve with few camps so one won't have hoards of trucks at each sighting. In fact, most of time we were in the only truck! Guides were knowledgeable about tracking and finding animals but did not talk much. This is just fine if you have several safaris.Pungwe is an historic camp that has a tradition of 30 years. Even the firepit with cast iron kettle has been in the same spot for decades.With crisply ironed sheets, delicious cusine, comfy beds, and abundance of animals, Pungwe is an exceptional value and experience.

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple

elsajane_canarias

Alemania

1

Reviewed 1 week ago on TripAdvisor

Absolutely amazing

Our stay at Pungwe was a dream!! The lodge is beautiful and all the staff is lovely, really friendly people. We were so lucky to stay there, recommend it 100%. The safaris with the rangers from the camp were amazing, they really do their best to get you to see all the wild life around and they are so good at it!! If I come back (I really hope to), will certainly stay with them again. Thank you so much, guys! Elsa McNamara

Este sitio tiene un encanto especial, y el personal te hace sentir como en casa. La experiencia fue increíble y fue una verdadera suerte dar con este sitio, recomendable 100%!!

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  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled with family

  • *****  Value   *****   Location   *****   Service

astrima

Oslo, Norway

*****

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile on Tripadvisor

Wonderful wilderness

Our family of five spent two nights in this beautiful camp and would happily have spent many more. Full of heart, hospitality and ambience, and with all the sounds and smells of the African bush surrounding you, the Pungwe bush camp was a perfect way to experience safari life!

Hannah on Booking.com

South Africa, 3 reviews

10/10

“We definitely saved the best for last! Staying at pungwe was Very special and unique and great value”

The stunning location, attention to detail and outstanding service with personal touches made this the highlight of our holiday! We will definitely be back and miss it already!

Stayed in April 2018

Mira on Booking.com

 Germany, 2 reviews

10/10

“We highly recommended this place for a stay in Kruger area.”

Staying at this place made our holidays unforgettable. Pungwe is located close in the Kruger area, which makes it an ideal place to spot wildlife. We spent three nights in April and got a chance - due to our experienced ranger - to see all big five, shoot amazing pictures and create beautiful memories. The huts / tents are elegantly furnished and provide you with everything you need. In the comfy common areas you can share your adventures with the other guests over a cup of tea / coffee. Meals were African cuisine and always delicious. The staff was very friendly and helpful with whatever we requested. We highly recommend this camp!

Shrimp1987 on TripAdvisor

Johannesburg, South Africa, 709

Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Excellent value for money!

Excellent value for money! 
Rooms are very clean and comfy beds! Tents are lovely and the location is excellent! A true bush experience! 
Tasty food and plenty of it. Home cooked food. The dining table is one big communal table- if that’s your thing.
If you want specific drinks or wine email them in advance and let them know. They have all the standard things there. They are very accommodating to all your needs. 
The park is great and we had good game viewing. 

PietiePie

London, United Kingdom, 2310

Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Magical time in a wonderful camp!

Absolutely loved our time in Pungwe, just wish we had more than 2 nights. What a privilege to stay in a small camp like that with no fences (nor electricity), in the beautiful African bush - the way it should be. The bush is very rich, and animal life abundant, and we were very, very fortunate to experience a wild dog hunt! Wonder Boy and Nev were excellent guides, and Michel and team fantastic hosts - thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to be back.

1nic2015 - via TripAdvisor

Munich, Germany, 438

Reviewed 4 March 2018

Amazing Camp

That's the real Safari .....for everyone who really likes the Wildlife, Tents have been refurbished and it is one of my favourite camps I have been. Very friendly staff , very nice food.You feel like it would be your own home in the bush which makes it very adorable. Daily Game walks & Game drives with experts. The stories you can listen to will stay in your memories forever. I will definitely be back soon.

jpro1990

Tampa, Florida - via Trip advisor 09 February 2108

5 Star Safari Experience

Pungwe was a better than I dreamed. It is a small location that holds a maximum of 8 people and is owned by Michel who will often sit with your group and tell your the most interesting stories about his life. When we arrived to the reserve we immediately saw wild animals before we even made it to the camp site. Once we were at the site the guides took us to our beautiful tents which were phenomenal. The beds were comfortable and somehow they made the mosquito netting look magical. The bathrooms had hot water for showers which I was not expecting out in the bush. At night you could hear the animals in the campsite which was incredibly cool to listen to while you were laying there. Some of our braver members sat on their porches and watched them through the night. The camp also cooked all of your meals and it was the best food we had the entire trip. The chefs rotate but we got lucky and had Robert cooking for us. If I could have brought him home with me I would have. Best food I've ever eaten. And the bread he made...words can't describe it. I'm not much of a bread person but I ate two pieces at almost every meal. Our guides were also amazing. Issac took us out immediately after our arrival the first afternoon and that evening we saw 4 of the big 5. He saw things hidden that I never would have seen. By the next morning we had seen the missing member of the big 5. The guides took us on night safaris, day safaris, a bush walk, and even up to a look out point to see the entire reserve. They were extremely good about communicating with each other to determine where the best sites were but also communicating with us to determine what our top wish list animals were. It was a perfect stay. Just a word of advice, make it your last stop on the trip because nothing will be able to top it. We will definitely be returning.

Sally Lucas

14 December 2017 at 22:12

A huge Thank you to Pungwe Safari Camp, Michel Girardin and staff, Never, Wander, Isaak, Robert, Violet, Selfina, Precious, Lucky, Emma and all others for the most fabulous stay! I have learnt a great deal and my love and passion for Africa continues to grow, thanks to Pungwe and the stunning Manyeleti Game Reserve. The spirit and philosophy of Pungwe will definitely have me returning with family, friends and future guests 💚🌍

Patrice Vink

22 September 2017 ·

What a lovely stay we had!!
Magnificent safari's, magnificent tents, magnificent Food, excellent sightings and of course excellent trackers and rangers! Special Thanks to Russel, Never and Isaac!

Hudson, Colarado - via Trip advisor

Amazing Authentic Safari Experience!

Pungwe Safari Camp was the highlight of our trip to Africa! I can't begin to tell you how much we loved this place. We arrived late, which did not seem to bother the staff. They quickly prepared a snack and we were off on safari within an hour of our arrival ..... Our safari guide, Issac, was amazing! He would see the animals long before any of us. He always asked for our input, as several times there were many different sightings to choose from. He would take us off the road and very near to the animals. Within 24 hours of arrival we had viewed more animals than we ever imagined.

Kertsin - via Trip Advisor

Best game viewing ever

It was our first time at Manyeleti Reserve and Pungwe Safari Camp and it will surely not be our last.
We go to the bush fairly often but can honestly say that we have never experienced such superb game viewing. Every game drive was special - we saw the "Big 5" several times as well as wild dogs, hyenas, cheetahs, honeybadger!
The staff is friendly and attentive and the food of excellent quality.
The camp is basic and rustic but has everything you need - except for electricity.
However, the camp is run with solar power to be able to charge your cell phones and a so-called "donkey system" ensures you have hot water to shower.

Wendel N - Via Trip Advisor

Lots of Thanks to Never, Wonder, Violet and The rest of The Crew!

We have had an amazing visit. It started with a warm welcome from Michel. The accommodation, the game drives, the food from early mornings till sunset drinks; absolutely wonderful. Pungwe is in our hearts.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant, authentic Safari at Pungwe!

The MOST amazing place to stay! Cannot rate Pungwe highly enough, incredible staff, fantastic food and beautiful, authentic atmosphere of Safari days gone by. The wildlife viewing in Manyeleti is out of this world, fabulous guides and every day something better than then day before!! You will not regret a visit to Pungwe Safari Camp- I will be back!!

SharnHauss - via Trip Advisor

Authentic Safari experience

Loved my stay at Pungwe. This small and private camp captures the essence of Africa.
Great game sightings, beautiful trees, abundance of birds and more all form part of a unspoilt natural eco-system.
Lovely tented accommodation with super comfortable beds made for a good night's rest while the sounds of Africa filled the night.
Thank You Michel and your lovely staff for being superb hosts.

Petezzz, Reading, United Kingdom via TripAdvisor

Stunning Safari - True to the Spirit of Africa

Under new highly experienced management since September 2016 (new investment), the "Camp" delivers a finely balanced experience of living in a game park (no fences); convivial dining hosted by the owner, while delivering unforgettable safari drives and bush walks from skilled guides. Your life is in their hands. It is their experience and knowledge which will protect you, and you will need to follow their instructions in order to be safe. You will come away with a new respect for all living creatures.

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