The north of Kruger is a must for birdwatchers to the park. The scenery, habitat and the birdlife are different enough from the rest of the Park to add another dimension to the experience and well worth including in the itinerary. Punda Maria Restcamp is a great place to settle for some days to take in all the trails locally, the Mahonie loop and the Pafuri picnic spot being highlights. However the grounds of the rest-camp with the lovely forest walk: the Kingfisher trail, the shady gardens planted with fruit trees and the lower level with its hide overlooking the water-hole are an experience in their own right. The restaurant is rather small for the size of the camp. Advance booking is essential if you hope for dinner there. The rooms are basic but comfortable having formerly been the game rangers’ quarters.