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“Lovely camp, spoilt only by the poor attitude of the receptionist”

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Punda Maria Restcamp
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Our group stayed in one of the permanent tents and in one of the two large guest houses. Both are modern and spacious and of far higher quality than most of the accommodation in this camp, which is generally old and cramped. Both had decks with views, and the kitchen in the guest house is large and well equipped, the bedrooms quite stylish and luxurious by KNP standards. The camp feels deep in the bush, with a lot of small wildlife in camp, and while the game viewing in the surrounding area is not always the best, it is scenic and fun to drive through. Pafuri picnic spot, 90 minutes to the north, is well worth a visit. The camp has nicely designed swimming pool, and lots of space to walk around. The campsite looks one of the nicest in KNP. The laundry room, with only one functioning washer and one drier, could do with enlargement. The shop is standard for the park, well stocked with basics, dry goods and camping items, less so for fresh things. The cleaning staff were friendly and hard working, just such a pity that the unfriendly and unhelpful lady on reception displayed such a bureaucratic and poor attitude.

Room Tip: Permanent tents and guest houses are the best
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

With soft twin beds, an en-suite bathroom, a private viewing deck and an outdoor kitchen, Punda Maria Tented Camp is both pleasingly simple and satisfyingly comfortable. The tents are situated on the perimeter of the Punda Maria National Parksboard gate camp at Kruger National Park, overlooking natural, open bushveld. The canvas-enclosed shower has big windows overlooking wide, green Fever Trees. Located in the far North of the Park, the setting offers a fascinating array of migrant birds, Baobab trees and a viewing site of the great Limpopo River and border to Mozambique.

The camp itself has a forest walk through indigenous bush, a welcome relief after time in the car. In the surrounding area we find the elusive Grey-Hooded Kingfisher, various colourful Rollers and Bee-Eaters, the Saddle-Billed Stork, Ground Hornbills and the cutest little Scops Owl. We also happen upon a leopard just outside the camp and cheeta further South towards Shingwedzi.

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We had started our safari in the game-rich Southern and Central areas of the Park. And after the initial frenzy of the hunt for the Big-5, we began to slow down and appreciate the smaller, rare sightings. We were ready to move North. We watched the landscape change, becoming more lush, with greener trees and bluer waters. The zoom-lens envy settled and we became content to simply drink in the sounds, sights and smells of the wild. We spent ages at water holes and river bends, content to watch the animals go about their interesting interactions.

This is the power of a game reserve – to bring about a gentle slowing. It can be difficult to move from a very busy life straight into the abyss of free time, and game viewing offers a helpful transition into stillness. While speculating and hunting for wildlife, one can initially be busy, both physically and mentally action-oriented, but in a way that takes one completely away from the everyday stresses of life. This leads naturally into a mindful attentiveness and a quietening. Until finally one is calm and a quieter, better version of oneself - allowing a renewed reconnection and appreciation of oneself, one another and the natural world.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Berenice M
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

It was a while ago but it was an utermost experience. The northern part of Kruger is wonderfull and not so many people. Driving around very slow to see some game, some ? no a lot. Really a bush experience. Perfect place to stay for several days to discover the area ! Highly reccomended !!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Charlieharpers
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

After driving from the Western Cape and spending three nights on the road, our reception at Punda Maria Gate was excellent and set the tone for this delightful camp. We stayed in a tented chalet, situated in the trees, with all mod cons. The chalet was in a very good state of repair and kept very clean. Everyone working at the camp was very friendly and helful, from the petrol attendant to the cleaners, and the shop. The whole camp had a special ambience and was a most relaxing place to be. We thoroughly enjoyed the game drives in the area and especially seeing the huge and beautiful trees. Roads were in good condition.

Room Tip: The tented chalets have kitchenettes and are well-situated so that one has privacy at all times.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

In a 2 week stay in Kruger, we thought that Punda Maria might be the most "rustic", but in fact, our lodging was outstanding and our dinner in the restaurant was by far the best in the park, and rivaled meals we had had in other restaurants in South Africa. We stayed one night in an original lodge room, which was very comfortable, and then moved to a "tent" which was spacious and well appointed, with a comfortable bed and lovely deck. Everything we needed plus over the top comfort. We went to the restaurant for dinner, expecting the usual uninspired park food one gets in any country, but instead, were met by a professional, friendly staff, checked on by the Restaurant Director, and enjoyed a generous gourmet meal. Although the north is not known for an abundance of animals, we saw lions and elephants close to the camp, so felt very fortunate that we had great food, great lodging, and terrific animal viewing, all in a very peaceful intimate setting.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Deaneontheroad123
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The camp is well located within the northern section of the park. The rooms are cramped but clean and are air conditioned. There is also a terrible shortage of cupboard space. The rest camp itself is very quiet which is great if you want a peaceful time. Staff are very polite and helpful and there is a small supply shop offering only the very basics. The restaurant is clean but not very inviting and the food leaves a heck of a lot to be desired and the food prices are rather hefty although this may be due to the fact that logistics costs are significant. I would definitely come back. Game is abundant around the camp.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
1  Thank Justin L
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 24

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