My wife and I spent 4 nights at Punda Maria Restcamp in the Kruger Park over New Year, in what I can call our annual pilgrimage to this heavenly spot.
We statyed as usual in the little 'hartbeeshuisie' units, which are quaint, if a little small. Although I believe accomodation in the Park run by SANParks is overpriced, these units are still in decent condition.
I would recommend the camp to anyone who wants a unique Northern Kruger experience. Don't come here if you are chasing the big five, this is a camp for the visitor who is loooking for an authentic Kruger experience. The scenery and ambience of this part of the park is incredible, and the birding is phenomenal. When one does see animals, and yes they are around, you inevitably have them to yourself! One gets so much more of a sense of wilderness in this part of the Park, and even at this busiest time you can still feel that you have the Park to yourself. Every drive is menorable, especially the delightful Mahonie Loop and the open grassland with a special magic at Klopperfontein.
One of the best aspects of the camp is the communal cooking / dining area at night where you inevitably join your fellow campmates in preparing and enjoying your respective meal - spent swapping stories of the day gone by in the presence of the cute family of Thick-tiled Bushbabies who come out of the thick hillside bush to begin their nocturnal exploits.
I am almost reluctant to write this review and share such a lovely spot, but it is a place worth visiting on every visit to the Park!