This was not our first time at Punda Maria Camp, it is one of our favourites in the Kruger. It is a smaller very peaceful camp in a beautiful setting. The busiest place being the caravan & camping area but as we were there "out of season" this was also not very busy at all. The hide & the waterhole in front of the caravan park are terrific and an abundance of game frequents it during the day, and each evening a herd of elephants which were fun to watch with all their antics.
Our last day here was the first day of school holidays & then I have to say I was grateful to be leaving as the kids running around screaming & shouting just spoils the solitude which we come to the bush to enjoy!
We booked a 3 bed bungalow BD3 - No 22, they are very neat & tidy and as always clean. We had a bit of a "hiccup" when the geyser valve blew one morning at around 3am, we thought it was pouring with rain & when my husband got up to check out the rain he climbed out of bed into 2 inches of water covering the entire bungalow. The duty manager was brilliant and this was cleaned up & fixed by the time we returned from our early morning drive, with the added bonus of our towels etc that got dreanched having been laundered for us & returned fluffly & clean. Thanks to Anna the lady who cleaned our section of bungalows for looking after us so well!
We had one dinner at the restaurant on our last night & found as always the service great, the staff freindly & helpful and the meal was super.
We did a "Sunrise Game Drive" with Thomas who was really amazing. He is passionate about what he does and we found him so knowledgeable & interesting & again a great sense of humour & we had a fabulous drive with him with the added bonus of great sightings including lion. The fallacy of there being no game in the North is just that, a fallacy.
We went up to Pafuri Picnic spot & Crooks Corner on two occasions and thorughly enjoyed it seeing a lot of varied game & birds.
Again a super stay at Punda Maria