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“Lovely camp in the quiet north” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Punda Maria Restcamp

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Punda Maria Restcamp
Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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johannesburg
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76 reviews 76 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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“Lovely camp in the quiet north”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Punda Maria is a quiet relaxing camp with efficient staff members. There is never a problem when we request certain units, unlike with Lower Sabie and Letaba camps! We were at Punda for three nights and there were a number of leopard, lion and cheetah sightings around the camp and on the main Pafuri- Punda road. We enjoy the night animals - bush babies, civets and genets that come out after the sun has set. The tents are in the process of being renovated and we stayed in number 2 that was complete - nicely varnished and the top extended by 3 meters to stop rain and wind.

Room Tip: We enjoy the tents as the nocturnal animals visit us to catch insects that are attracted by the ligh...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

This was the first of nine camps we stayed on our recent family trip to the Kruger and, by popular consent, the best. Very good service by very nice people, the facilities were basic but clean and in good order and exactly as advertised. The camp was very safe (no locks necessary) and really relaxed and close to nature. The staff were fab and the pool was good and I have no hesitation in recommending Punda Maria for those that want to experience the Kruger for what it is

Room Tip: Go on a sunset drive - its the best of both worlds (daylight & nocturnal)
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

This was the first SANPARKs camp we were to stay in - so it was going to have a hard time living up to my expectations. As it was, I loved it! It was one of the less developed and simpler of the camps that we stayed in - but it has a special place in my heart. The fact that the cooking / braai facilities are communal means that it is a great way to meet the locals - they were so incredibly friendly and great fun, taking pity on us first time braai-ers and sharing their fires and food with us. they even took time to sit with us, review our itinerary and make suggestions - which we wholeheartedly embraced and this ended up making the holiday for us. We visited roads we'd never have found and saw sights we'd have missed if it was not for the kindness of the people in this camp.
The night skies are also incredible here - take time to walk down toward the gate and lie on the road around midnight - you'll see galaxies with your naked eyes.
The shop is small but reasonably well stocked for its size - we managed two wonderful meals of stew and burgers whilst we were there.
The room itself was compact but had everything we needed. The shower was warm and powerful and the little kitchen has a wee fridge and kettle.
Northern Kruger is a lovely place to stay - far from the maddening crowds and less game intense, but the birdlife and scenery is to die for. be sure to head up to Pafuri if you stay here - the scenery is out of this world.
I loved Punda Maria and would recommend it - but if you want 5* luxury and a ease going holiday then it is not the place for you.
I have also written an additional review about Punda Maria here in an attempt to encourage family and friends to visit! http://www.tarajiblue.com/2012/04/a-review-of-punda-maria-rest-camp-kruger-national-park-south-africa/

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Punda Maria is located about 20 minutes' drive from Punda Gate, in the northern part of the Kruger Park. The rest camp has a rustic feel to it which is enhanced by extreme peace and quiet. The orignal camp was founded in 1934 and to this day the original bungalows, now renovated to include modern amenities, ooze the charm from days gone by. The three-bedroomed units have a convenient kitchenette inside. A swimming pool graces one of the terraces as one makes your way down to the birdhide which provides for interesting entertainment late afternoon, once the gates of the camp have been closed. I would strongly recommend at least two nights' stay in this wonderful camp!

Room Tip: Choose the 3-bed bungalows - code BD3 - for a comfortable stay.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

The 2 bed bungalows offer a very basic (rustic?) experience which is closer to luxury camping than the usual bungalow experience. The bungalows are very old, and although they have been renovated inside, their placement and design takes you back to time when things like layout and aesthetics were obviously not very important.

You feel right on top of each other (which you are), there is no view, and you are literally just a few metres away from the road that passes through the camp. There is no cupboard space to unpack anything into, and the shower and toilet, while adequate, is tiny. There is no kitchen (communal facilities are available) and you have to plug the kettle in on the floor next to the bed. The bedding (e.g. pillow cases) did not look particularly clean, and there was a bit of an unpleasant smell from the nearby ablution block, but otherwise the bungalow was clean and well maintained.

But, its not all bad - especially as the space limitations only seem to apply to the 2 bed units. In the Kruger, your bungalow is literally just a place to sleep, and the beds were comfortable, the aircon worked well, and there was always plenty of hot water. The camp staff were friendly, polite and efficient. However, for the same (or not much more) money, I'd choose the luxury tents (which are MUCH nicer) or even another camp...

Overall it was still a pleasant stay - and I'd be back - just to the luxury tents, or the bigger units with kitchens.

Room Tip: Rather book one of the luxury tents. They are much better situated, and although are a bit more expe...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 14 hotels in Kruger National Park

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