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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

My son and I spent 5 nights in a "Safari Tent" (permanent tented accommodation) at Punda Maria in far northern Kruger National Park. The camp is small by Kruger standards and this, together with the remote location, ensures that it is quiet and not overrun with traffic. The accommodation is comfortable and well equipped with a spacious wooden deck with a full kitchenette and braai and a large fridge (sensibly inside the sleeping area to keep it safe from marauding monkeys). The Punda area is not one of the most game rich parts of the Park (although we did see more buffalo and elephants than I have seen on a Kruger trip), but the different birds and antelope species make it perfect for travellers who enjoy "feeling" the environment as much as ticking off the sightings.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

We spent one night in the Russell bungalow at Punda Maria, on our way to Botswana, and it was worth it for the stay in the Russell bungalow. It is huge, and feels very old colonial. Extremely well appointed and comfortable, it is outside the main camp with its own entrance road. You are still within a fence, but that doesn't mean you don't have bush buck walking round the bungalow in the morning. Getting to the restaurant means taking a track past the manager's house to the main camp, so you need a good torch. Well worth visiting.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

The guides on our morning walk were excellent. Our tent accomodation was really nice. Loved the deck and the whole experience of being near the fencline and also the bathroom ares. But it may be very hot in summer with no air conditioner.

The staff in the cafe and shop were less than inspiring and found the service and quality of food below average.

Room Tip: tent number 4 is great for privacy but hot with the afternoon sun till the sun goes down. Then it's perfect!
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the tented accommodation, this is the best option the other rooms, nor basic are right at the reception, shop, etc. you also have to walk across the road to use a communal braai and ablutions. The tents are fantastic, great view, privacy and comfort.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Having visited Mapungubwe heritage walk day or so before arriving in The Kruger Park, I was eager to continue with our historical journey. The Thulamela heritage walk can be booked at the Punda Maria camp, and it is advisable to enquire beforehand as there are not necessarily walks scheduled everyday. Our guides Carel and Nkisela were such great story tellers, really recreating the ancient civilization for us. The site was only discovered in 1993, and has only been partially investigated and recreated. The park is very strict about children being 12 or over for the walk, and the guides walk with loaded guns. The walk is short and easy, Nd highly recommended. A great break from game viewing! You meet the guide at the Pafuri picnic spot, where skottles are available for hire, so take your egg and bacon along! Hot water was also available for tea and coffee.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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