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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:55 pm 
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roaneric wrote:
:big_eyes: WHICH ONE IS THE ONE WITH THE VISITOR :big_eyes:

I also was visited, but only by one thicktailed bushbaby, on my first two (of four) nights in tent #1 (April 2012), while I was doing some work on my laptop in the evening. The bushbaby was very curious and came right onto the table to inspect the laptop :big_eyes: , but was more interested eventually in trying to get into my cupboards and rubbish bin :( Obviously had been fed by some :rtm: , but it was a treat that it was quite relaxed even with me sitting right there :whistle:

(I didn't have a chance to grab my camera because I was afraid that any movement would scare the bushbaby away, so no pix, but great memories! :dance: )

Unfortunately for you, Marijke, both tents 1 and 2 have quite small decks ...

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Maybe this might help, not sure what your enquiry is about, maybe send an email to the duty manager???

Punda Maria

Contact Numbers
tel: +27 (0)13 735 6873
fax: +27 (0)13 735 6894

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Johan Mdluli
email: johann.mdluli@sanparks.org

Duty Manager(s)
Themba Mnisi
email: themba.mnisi@sanparks.org

Punda Maria Contact details

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 Post subject: Little Elephant Bathing with herd at Punda. (Video)
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Wonderful experience watching the animals at Punda waterhole.



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 Post subject: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Punda's waterhole can be a wonderful place to see wildlife from nearby. Many species visit together to make this a good place for animal lovers to see.



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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Teeming with wild life, what time of year was that Pietert?
We are mostly there in Feb and usually see very little.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Elephant Bathing with herd at Punda. (Video)
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Thanks everybody for the encouraging remarks. It was really wonderful to be at Punda while it was the only waterhole in the vicinity with open water. I know it is not like that all the time, but we were lucky to be there early in November to experience all these animals and birds concentrated at one place.
Maybe it will be a good idea for Sanparks to create such a waterhole and hide combination in all the camps? That will bring more people to the camps and also lessen the number of cars on the roads if driving around becomes less important.


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 Post subject: Re: Life at Punda's Waterhole (Video)
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Maybe a day or two apart. Cannot remember but that was early November and the temperature was arounf 42C every day with real good sunshine.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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BushBabe wrote:
Hi all
As usual, Punda's boards are rather quiet. We have been out of SA for some time and need some good REST time, just enjoying the bush.
Is everything at Punda up and running after the floods?
Has anybody been there recently and can share about what is happening in the area?

We will hopefully be able to go pitch a tent, sit in wonder at the bird hide and just recover some humanity for a while in just a few weeks...


We were in Punda at the end of May; everything was fine and functional. The bird hide is still there, and the camping site is as it always was (dry and dusty). As Saraf said, the Pafuri Picnic site is open, at present the section of the H1-8 between the S63 (tar to border post) and the S64 at the Levuvhu bridge is apparently closed. You can, however use the S64 (Nyala road) to bypass this section, and then get to Pafuri picnic site via the gravel S63 (next to the river) (or that is as I understand it). The S63 east of the Pafuri Picnic site (towards Crookes Corner) was still closed when we were there (and looks like it will be closed for quite a while still).

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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what is the maximum time in which I can get to Pafuri gate to get to Punda Maria Camp?

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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It is a 76km trip NogardGio, so allow about 3 hours for the drive from Pafuri Gate to Punda Maria Camp. And a lot more if you are going to go to the Pafuri picnic site and do the Nyala loop.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Can a person ask for a specific Safari Tent to be allocated to them at Punda and how far in advance does one phone the camp in order to secure their preference?


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Yes you can and I would say around 2 to 3 weeks prior to your trip. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Hi Gecko - you will really enjoy Punda Maria! The staff were all very friendly and helpful when we were there. We stayed in a chalet and it was well-maintained, new linen, microwave etc. The camping site looked clean and the bird hide is close-by.

I was there early in October. The route we took was N1 to Polokwane - good road. Just before Polokwane we took the R71 which then took us to the R81 to Giyani. This road has recently been up-graded and was good, with the exception of a short stretch past a residential area (presumably municipality non-maintained, as opposed to the rest of the road provincial maintained). The R81 then joins the R524 which takes you to Punda Maria Gate. I can't give an exact time it took, as we visited friends in Polokwane and refuelled the bakkie and ourselves in Giyani.

We were lucky that our trip took place between the two lots of unrest in the area. I suggest you check the situation (police, SANParks website, Forum) just before you go.

The road to Pafuri is still being repaired, but is open. The road to Crooks' Corner was re-opened while we were there and we had a good trip up there. It was quite shocking to get some idea of what the floods had done and the amount of work needed to restore the roads.

Have a great trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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We were at Punda Maria in October 2013 and the Reception was still in the same building with the shop and restaurant.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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I can recommend Punda Maria's shop for anything you may need. The last time we were there in June the shop was stocked and prices not unreasonable.

If you go to Punda in December just be prepared for a cicada overload. We were there in December 2012 and it was hectic but it is still one of the best camps. There is enough roads to drive but sometimes it is enough to sit next to fence at hide.


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