Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know, I was one of those smug annoying people posts pictures of my winter sunshine holiday to South Africa over Christmas. Sorry I'm not sorry... Ben and I took a trip to Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay over 3 weeks, spending time with family, friends and some much needed "just us" time. As a surprise, Ben took me on safari for the night to Pumba Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth.
our room in the Msenge Bush Lodge
I had no idea what to expect, safari was one of those "bucket list" things I thought I'd never really get around to doing. When I first walked into our lodge I was a bit overwhelmed with how amazing it was. You can see from the pictures above that it was pretty special. We had our own pool that overlooked the main watering hole, and you well and truly felt "part of nature" with the monkeys making every attempt to get into your room, and stepping over snakes on your way back from the pool.... After a quick dip and venture around the main lodge, we were off on our sunset drive...
Within minutes we spotted a loan giraffe (above) and herds of zebra (probably not the right term, but still). The reserve is enormous, the picture above is of the other lodge centre where we ate dinner overlooking the hippos on their way to bed! Just when we thought our animal spots for the evening were over, we stumbled (almost literally) on a group of elephants and their baby. We didn't realise how many there were - first spot was of one in a bush and then the whole family came out - incredible!
The next morning was an early start (6am drive) and after very little sleep (Ben convinced me a lion was trying to get into our room, very funny for him but less so for me...) I was worried I'd not be 'with it' enough for the excursion, but the views were incredible and you forget how early it is within minutes. Do wrap up though, I had no idea what to wear (as it was a surprise, I didn't pack much suitable although this ASOS jumpsuit was perfect) it is cold before sunrise even in high summer.
I just can't tell you how great it was, it was an unbelievably special couple of days. On top of the drives, the food and service was amazing - it is a long drive from Port Elizabeth (100km) but that aside, I couldn't have felt further from London town and it was a trip I will never, ever forget. If you are lucky enough to be heading over to South Africa, I fully recommend Pumba. Rooms start at around £300 per person per night (includes two drives, and all food and drink). Thank you to everyone at Pumba for an amazing stay, we'll be back!