Punda Maria Rest Camp

Punda Maria Rest Camp

10 km From Punda Maria Gate Sandveld Region, Kruger National Park 1390 South Africa

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10 km From Punda Maria Gate Sandveld Region, Kruger National Park 1390 South Africa
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Balerno0 wrote a review Oct 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa62 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
After a long trip we were delighted to reach our tent with everything in its place, beautiful location, lovely accommodation.

We had a good days viewing the following day and came back to our tent ready for a cold beer and some relaxation. This was not to be as we had been raided by baboons who had made a lovely mess of the kitchen and decking area not to mention having helped themselves to a large portion of the food that we had brought with us.

We know we are in the bush and that we are in wildlife territory but what frustrated us most of all is that problems with baboons is not uncommon in the Kruger and other camps that we have stayed in have resolved the problem by putting the fridge and food store areas in metal cages. The tents at Punda are not that old so why has the lessons learned in other parts of the park not replicated there?

The staff that came to assist us were very kind but I must confess that the duty manager tried to make out that this was a recent problem when the rest of the staff made it very clear that it was definately nothing new.

The tents are great but they are not up to the test that the baboons in the area are giving them.

My advice would be yes stay, but take all of your food with you when you go out on a drive. A royal pain I know but better than having no supper that evening.
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Date of stay: August 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JANNETTE E wrote a review May 2017
San Antonio, Texas264 contributions140 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Elephants galore seen getting here. Watch out for the baboon. Rooms are dated, but cozy. Kitchen set up for full use. Restaurant onsite, very reasonable. Shop for anything you may need. Very little information on the night drives, much less for morning drives. Parking is a pain. The people at the petrol station we're awesome. After a long day of driving we get in and our tire goes flat. The last there found someone to help us. They changed the tire and even repaired the flat. I asked how much and was told oh how about 50 Rand. Crazy.... That's $4.00. we have him ALOT more for his troubles.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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COLIN B wrote a review Mar 2016
Budapest226 contributions174 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an unscheduled and last minute stay over being completely unable to find an Agency booked accommodation outside the Park. In a way we were pleased this happened. This is a more 'old fashioned' style of Kruger Lodge but none the worse for that. It was severe drought which affected the wild life viewing - although never extensive in the north of the park and the river beds were dry - we were amused to see flood level recordings set on the Limpopo of a couple of years ago..

We had a slow but friendly reception and then began to wilt under the paperwork! but we were finally accommodated. Although a bit historical the room was a medium sized, reasonably styled and fitted out including a fridge. The shower facility was ok. It was clean, comfortable and air conditioned but no Wi-Fi. The staff had a ready smile.

The shop was small and not well stocked and with staff more interested in talking to themselves which seemed preferable to serving customers.

Pleasant enough stay
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Date of stay: February 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wayne L wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa13 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the caravan park in campervans. The caravan park was fairly full. The ablution facilities were ridiculous. The gent's side had ine toilet and two showers. They were bot clean. The toilets were disgusting. Fellow caravanners were emotying their portable toilets into the gent's toilet and some just directly into the drain at the back of the block. The drains were overflowing and smelling. Apparently the other ablution block was closed as it had been damaged by Day Visitors on Worker's Day. Day Visitors are not allowed in the caravan park, but no one checks permits. Anyone can drive in and stay - there is zero control.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dale L wrote a review Feb 2016
Denver, Colorado37 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you know what to expect you'll love this location. Kruger National Park is huge. Game density in this area is much lower than in other areas of the park, particularly the south. People density in this area is also much lower than other areas in the park, which is a plus in my opinion. There is only one restaurant reachable from this location so be prepared for that (restaurant is ok) or be prepared to self cater or try the camp shop which has limited selections. If you stay here I highly recommend the tented housing. The tents are huge, they have en suite bathroom facilities, the views are great and the expansive porch is great for relaxing. The game densities are low but there are some unique species like tsessebee in the area. You'll have to work harder for game viewing here but the low human density, the quality of the tented area, and the several species that are unique to the area makes this a great place for the intrepid safari goer..
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Date of stay: January 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bonnylad1 wrote a review Mar 2016
Boksburg, South Africa28 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from 5 days in the Kruger, great experience. Seeing lions on the move on a night drive definitely the highlight. However, it was somewhat spoilt by accommodation at 2 camps. Punda Maria is sadly dated and is in real need of a significant upgrade. The accommodation is dark and not at all worth the money charged when compared to Mopani or Skukuza
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Date of stay: March 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms are very dark
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sandy r wrote a review Oct 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa208 contributions110 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What a pleasant surprise to arrive after a long drive through various villages to find a delightful welcome from the staff at Punda Maria. We were booked into House 23 at the Punda Maria Camp, having selected it, or its mirror image neighbour, 24, when we booked back in February; this is a comfortably sized cottage, actually it’s a semi-detached thatched house which would comfortably sleep 3 couples (6 people), all with en suite facilities. There is a lounge with comfortable furniture and DSTV; this has a comprehensive bouquet of channels including all the Supersport channels, but sadly lacking the main international news channels, children’s TV and nature/wildlife channels. This channel bouquet is a feature of all Park Board properties and is currently under review with Multichoice.
There is a well-equipped, good sized kitchen, with a large modern fridge/freezer. There is an outside entertainment area with decent patio table and chairs. There is also plenty of shade parking for a car and trailer. Rooms are a very acceptable size and have air conditioning plus a ceiling fan they all have decent sized bathrooms; decorative order is good. The upstairs bedroom has its own balcony with a good view over the bush.
I would highly recommend that all folks, who want substantially more comfort to the traditional cottage or rondavel, and are prepared to pay a bit more for the privilege, choose this specific accommodation, or similar. We were 2 couples, so did not use the third bedroom, but the additional cost was very well worth it for the comfort, (almost luxury) it afforded us. We did not eat in the restaurant but were served ice cold beers at the restaurant’s patio.
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Date of stay: September 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Stay in House 23 or 24. The tents are very nice also
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Roly A wrote a review Sept 2015
48 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had two tents in the "luxury tent" accommodation.
potentially wonderful but walkway was patched up, poles broken, veranda fence needed repair, outside rubbish bin had fallen over and only repaired after our 4 days were over.
Staff friendly but not overly helpful in sorting out queries.
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Date of stay: August 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Unit 2 seems to have the best view, perhaps 3 if they fix the decay!
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Michael Frauen wrote a review Jun 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa159 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very friendly staff awaiting you at Punda Maria Camps reception. They have a small restaurant and shop, where you can buy needed necessities. I would recommend to pay a little extra to stay in one of the tents. The chalets are all next to each other on the main entrance road, whereby the tents are further away hidden in the bush with good views. Don't miss to visit the hide at the camping and caravan site. You can watch nicely the animals at the waterhole. We saw buffalo, inyala and elephant. The flycatcher trial in the camp is short and not spectacular. It is nice to sit on the benches along the trial and just breath in the air of nature. From Punda Maria Camp you should take time for a day trip to Crooks Corner towards the Mozambique border in the north west. Recommended stay at Punda Maria minimum 2 nights better 3.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pat O wrote a review Sept 2019
Worcester, South Africa187 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the privilege of staying at Russell Cottage at
Punda Maria rest camp. Its luxurious and well equipped. Wonderful views from the large veranda. It’s well cared for by a special maid, Anna. There’s a short walk to the hide. You can spend hours there watching families of animals coming to the waterhole to drink.
From Punda, you can drive up to Pafuri and then on the S63 across to Crooks corner where Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa meet. There are usually a lot of bird life in the area plus a lot of General game.
Punda, like the rest of the north, is quieter. We enjoy that.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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chaukemunene asked a question Oct 2018
Giyani, South Africa
How much a night?
elsaLamu wrote a tip Dec 2018
Heidelberg, South Africa18 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Tented accommodation very private"
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David P wrote a tip Sept 2017
Gloucester, United Kingdom151 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The safari tents are the best!"
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Bonnylad1 wrote a tip Mar 2016
Boksburg, South Africa28 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are very dark"
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sandy r wrote a tip Oct 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa208 contributions110 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in House 23 or 24. The tents are very nice also"
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Roly A wrote a tip Sept 2015
48 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unit 2 seems to have the best view, perhaps 3 if they fix the decay!"
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What food & drink options are available at Punda Maria Rest Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Punda Maria Rest Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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