- Family friendly
- Glass-enclosed chalets
- Located in Pumba Private Game Reserve
Waking up to the South African wilderness is a great way to start the day and one that Msenge Bush Lodge facilitates. Its glass-enclosed chalets located in the heart of the Pumba Private Game Reserve offer guests first-rate views of a diverse range of Big Five Game from the comfort of their armchairs and expert-led Game Drives.
Guest accommodation consists of 11 glass-enclosed thatched chalets. Whilst the chalets do feature glass-panelled walls, they still ensure privacy, with the surrounding wildlife forming a natural shield from curious hyenas or elephants. Each chalet has its own private wooden deck and plunge pool, which overlooks a watering hole and has great views of the Zuurberg Mountains, and is fitted with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and twin or king-size beds.
Activities at the Bush Lodge focus on exploring the surrounding wildlife. Guests can participate in wilderness walking trails, birding, nocturnal game drives, archery, bass fishing, and more, or even relax with a luxury trip to the Soul Spa and Gym. The main attraction is the Game Drive. On this, guests explore the malaria-free plains of the Eastern Cape, home to Africa’s Big Five as well as rare hippo, lion, cheetah, giraffes, antelope, and more than 300 bird species, by custom landrover as an intimate group.
Pumba Private Game Reserve is an eco-friendly member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, making it a great home to a number of unique animals such as the White Lion. The Initiative aims to rehabilitate and conserve self-sustaining animal populations. Its most recent success in Pumba is the Leopard, which now can be frequently sighted in the area.
The Bush Lodge also welcomes families with children over the age of 6. There is a ‘Kids on Safari’ to accommodate child adventurers, and a unit exclusively for families. Chalet 9 is the family chalet, and has two private bedrooms with a shared entrance so everyone can experience the African bush together. The intimacy of the Bush Lodge to its surrounding floodplain ecology means that it is a great place for families with younger children to experience the African bush veld together.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019