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Punda Maria Restcamp
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We went camping the past long week-end at Punda Maria. The camp site has electricity and are well maintained. Friendly staff assisted us at the Reception Desk. The 25km loop road around the camp was a pleasure to drive. Lots of animals and birds. We were 5 friends doing the trip together and the camp and roads were not that busy. That we enjoyed versus the South of the Park that is so over crowded. A must stop if you enjoy the slow life in the Kruger Park

Room Tip: If you are camping, keep your food locked up for the naughty monkeys
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Petrus K
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Stayed at Punda Maria from 18/02/17 to 21/02/17.
The room was well maintained and well serviced but that is where it ends. The camp is poorly maintained it is over grown with weeds and ants is all over the property, the staff was friendly but could be more helpful. The shop and restaurant is worth visiting the food quality is good but again the camp is so poorly maintained that you could fall through a broken window the walkway is over grown and I was unable to use and enjoy this. From here I travelled to Pafuri as this is where you can spot the Pel’s Fishing Owl but this was even worse the road is terrible that is if it is open the picnic spot was never open. I am very doubtful if I will stay here again.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
Thank abooysen9
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Our first view of our safari tent (number 3) was somewhat disappointing. The tarpaulin was coming off and one of the sup[port poles was broken. The outside definitely looked like it needed some maintenance.
The very large deck was a lovely surprise. There were two sets of chairs and a table. There was also an outdoor kitchen. The large fridge has been moved inside the tent due to thieving monkeys, we were told! The tent was rather high set and it was a terrible shame that the surrounding bushes had not been trimmed to allow us a view. Our view of the landscape was zero!
Inside was a little cramped due to the fridge being relocated from outside to opposite the bed. Otherwise, all was in order, very clean and the beds were comfortable.
What made our visit very, very special was the arrival of an elephant one evening. He or she graced us with her incredible presence as she slept just on the other side of the fence near our tent. What a lovely experience! We were also visited by beautiful guinea fowl and the inevitable monkeys.
We took a look at the camping area and pool and were very impressed. the pool was gorgeous.
I'd definitely recommend a stay here. The safari tent experience is amazing!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Oga1
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Punda Maria rest camp had good accommodation, with an inside kitchen which is well equipped. Barbeque areas are central and you have to talk you stuff there but there is hotplates to make additional food on, hot water, a hydro boil and work area as well as ample seating and tables. Good pool to cool off in. At the unit there are outside seating but not nearly as nice as at other camps. Excellent game viewing and it is quiet and few people around even in peak season. There is only 23 units plus a caravan park, so it is minute compared to other camps. Easy drive to have a picnic at Pafuri.

Stayed: January 2017
Thank Avdwesthuizen
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Punda Maria is one of the smallest restcamps in the Kruger. We had a safari tent, which supposedly is the most luxurious accomodation in the camp. It is pretty basic, though, with everything you in place (including an interview outside kichenette) but little extra. Good for one or two nights to explore this remote area of the Park. We had an excellent dinner served by very friendly waiters. The nightdrive, though not cheap, was rewarding: we saw a leopard catching a springhare and later on a genet. We did the Mahogani loop twice with our friends own car and were lucky enough to meet a group of three male lions who were walking on the road just in front of us for about 20 minutes. Punda Maria is a charming place but one or two nights is enough.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Geert B
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