Pungwe Safari Camp
Pungwe Safari Camp has been in the same spot in the Manyeleti for 25 years, where its unique low-impact establishment has since been introducing guests to the essence of safari, and the camp has been working with and supporting the adjacent communities. The close-knit team consists of expert guides who were born and raised in the area, kitchen and housekeeping staff who live in adjacent villages, and the camp runs off solar and gas power, while using as much locally produced resources as possible.Enquire Now
Pungwe is a very small camp with only 4 guest tents, which are simple, Meru-style canvas bedrooms under large thatched roofs, and with en suite bathrooms that have both a bath and shower. The tents are kept cool in summer with the thatched roof and tiled floors moderating the temperature and keeping things mild in winter. Beds can be twin or king-size and are set up under protective four-poster mosquito nets. Simple decor with wooden furniture, floor rugs, a standing wardrobe, and bedside tables keeps things casual, while the bathrooms are spacious and have hot and cold running water.
The camp is run on solar power and gas, while lighting at night is provided by plenty of lanterns, which add a romantic and classic safari touch. Each tent is located at the end of a rough pathway through the bush, indicated by a crafted wooden sign. The main camp area has a thatched lounge and dining room where guests can gather to relax in shade and comfort, and enjoy the wholesome meals that are served each day by the talented cooks. Meals are often cooked over an open fire, adding an element of tradition.
Manyeleti Game Reserve is a hidden gem in the Greater Kruger. Its 22 000 hectares of untamed veld are sprawled between the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, and the Kruger National Park, and without any fences separating the reserves, the presence of wildlife is abundant and unpredictable. The quietness of the Manyeleti – as a result of only having a handful of commercial lodges on the reserve – keeps this area wild, and the quality of Pungwe’s safari experience is impressive.
Each morning and evening, a walking safari or game drive takes guests right out into the bush to explore the territory, track and encounter wildlife, watch birds, witness incredible spectacles, and absorb the sights and sounds of this exclusive region of the Greater Kruger. Pungwe’s guides are experts, offering world class interpretations of wildlife behaviour, and the signs of the bush. Morning walking safaris are encouraged, as these unique experiences of walking among wild animals, learning to identify trees and their different traditional uses are unforgettable; plus, this is a great way to contribute to Pungwe’s low carbon footprint ethos!
Wildlife sightings are surprising and endlessly breathtaking. Manyeleti’s landscape is home to rare predators, like the cheetah and African wild dog, while lion prides patrol the area in large, powerful prides, preying on the abundance of plains game seen throughout the reserve. Leopard, hyena, buffalo, elephant, and rhino are among the large species seen regularly. The safari experience is second to none! Check out this excellent video (below) captured by our guests Robert and Brittany who stayed at Pungwe in March 2018.