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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby ossendryver » Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:23 pm

Punda Maria was the first camp I went to when I was 10 years old.
When I went it was in the winter so wasn't much of a birder then but at every waterhole there was there were elephant and buffalo and lion.
So in terms of animals, winter is great because bush is thin and animals are by the water but I don't think the birds are that great.

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Re: Punda Maria

Unread postby PNF » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:00 am

We camped in Punda in May this year - clean, tidy, friendly and helpful staff.
The bottom ablution block near the waterhole was in the process of being renovated and should have been finished by the end of May.
As far as we are aware - there are plans to upgrade and renovate the top block as well.
New machines have been put into the laundry and generally upgrading and maintenance of facilities appears to be continually ongoing.
This is probably our favourite camp and we're sure that you will enjoy camping there - try to get a site near the fence/hide/waterhole if you can!
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:02 am

Perks. wrote:After dark, the staff come around and light the paraffin lamps, and it is almost Christmassy in effect, to stand down on the road, looking up at the accommodation!

Unfortunately this is no longer done, the modern world has caught up! :?
but at least with energy saving light globes! :wink:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:05 am

Those paraffin lamps added to the old world atmosphere of Punda Maria I think, but I guess it is true what Elsa said:

Elsa wrote:Unfortunately this is no longer done, the modern world has caught up!


I am glad they have kept the lamps though and just changed the "fuel":
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:27 pm

Anja Barnard wrote:We're staying in a BG2 hut in December and I just want to find out if there are "braaiers" at these units? From the pictures it doesn't look like.

Anja, none of the bungalows there have their own individual braai's.
There is a communal braai area which is nice in that one gets to meet others and chat about the days sightings etc.
Can get very social at times. 8)
Usually the little Genets join you as well begging shamelessly! :wink:
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby PetraJ » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:24 pm

Hi Dikkes,
The camp number is 013 735 6873, I phoned there this morning and got through. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:14 pm

Anja Barnard wrote:We have changed our booking to the safari tents. Would you suggest that I move it back to the bungalows?
I have never stayed in the safari tents before Anja, would love to one day but we have always been 3 people so needed the extra bed.
but from all accounts the tents seem great, as Anne-marie has said. :thumbs_up:
So, no I wouldn't change your reservation necessarily.
It would also depend if you are sensitive to the heat as the tents only have electric fans whereas the bungalows have air conditioning and December can get pretty hot in that part of the world!
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Flavia » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:59 am

Hi, do you know if is possible to visit Lanner Gorge from Punda Maria camp during an activities managed by SANP (game drive, ...)?
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:23 pm

No road access from the south , access is only possible from the Maluleke concession area , one must be a guest of one of the private lodges there .
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:21 pm

Hi Marijke:

I've only been in tents 1, 2, and 3, but I'm thinking that #3 has a markedly larger deck than the other two (but the view from #2 is better :wink: ). Kite is right that the lengths of the walkways also differ, #3's walkway is quite a bit longer than 1 (which is the disbled unit, so designed for easier access) or 2.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:58 pm

March 2008 Nr 6
October 2009 Nr 4
March 2011 Nr 2

it seems the deck of the Nr 4 was bigger, and maybe also Nr 6
Nr 2 was the smaller

it seems to me the Tents in the North (6-5-4) have a bigger deck

what a chance to go to Punda and in the tent :D :dance:
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby roaneric » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:45 am

Johann wrote:
roaneric wrote:...We've booked a safari tent in Punda for the first time. We would like some advice please. We would really like to ask for the tent with the biggest veranda. We are having friends over for a braai that night and with 8 people we really need the space. Can anyone assist please and it would be great if you have some pictures for us...


Have stayed in all the tents except for numbers 1 and 4. Originally we didn't like number 5 too much because of the long walk but in the end I think it might be my favourite.

Numbers 5 and 6 have really nice big decks, probably close to double the size of number 2. Number 5's deck is also almost completely under cover with only the braai and a small corner out in the open. Great for those late afternoon thunderstorms. The only problem is the long trek of about 40m up the hill. If you got plenty to off-load it can become a bit strenuous.
Number 6's kitchen gets a lot of sun in the afternoons and can become a bit hot. You can almost fry and egg without switching the stove on :D That also means that the fridge is in the sun for most of the afternoon.
Numbers 2 and 3 are very nice as well and with much shorter and flatter walkways. Number 3 does unfortunately overlook a sewerage hole and can have a bit of a foul smell if the wind direction is unkind.


Thanks so much Johann

If you say number 5 and 6 are almost double the size, then I should probably go for one of those. We will be there during the winter, so maybe the afternoon sun will be a plus point :hmz:
Do you maybe have so pictures of number 5 and 6 :pray: :lol:
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby leopard7 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:58 pm

Roaneric: No. 7 has table and 2 chairs + on the side 2 additional chairs to relax. But with those you cannot sit next to the table. Enjoy! Ursula

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby roaneric » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:10 pm

Johann wrote:
roaneric wrote:Thanks so much Johann

If you say number 5 and 6 are almost double the size, then I should probably go for one of those. We will be there during the winter, so maybe the afternoon sun will be a plus point :hmz:
Do you maybe have so pictures of number 5 and 6 :pray: :lol:

It's a pleasure. Nope, sorry no pics. I usually only remember on the way to the next camp that I wanted to take pics of the accommodation. So my accommodation image folder is a bit empty. I will have a look over the weekend in the pre-2010 image folders if I can find anything. Definitely nothing recent.
Haha, ja I'm not so sure if it's ever been cold enough in Punda for me to welcome the afternoon sun. We usually try and hide from it. During the 2012 winter, temperatures in the mid-30's were recorded if I remember correctly. Either way I'm sure you'll enjoy it. My favourite camp in Kruger. :mrgreen:



Okay so I will try for number 5. Thanks so much and I'm sure we're going to love it.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:25 pm

Punda Maria No 6
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Punda Maria No 4
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Punda Maria no 2
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each tent have 1 table, 2 chairs and 2 arm chairs... with or without visitors :lol:
the braai corner at no 4 seems to be larger

maybe that could help you Roaneric :D
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