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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:13 pm 
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I spoke to a police officer at the Malamulele police station this morning. According to him there is no activities of unrest on the Makhado - Punda Maria road. He mentioned that the road is safe to travel. We were worried as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:08 pm 
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We're (All the men and boys in the family....7 of us) off on our 6th annual December Kruger Trip soon. Well, in 5 weeks or so.

This year we're going to Punda and we cannot wait for the time to pass. We are a bit concerned though... :hmz:

Firstly, the route to the camp. Which route is the most direct from JHB. We pretty much want to get there in the quickest time possible.

And is all the unrest in the area a thing of the past? :sniper: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Also, are all the roads in the area around the camp open. And what about the Pafuri area?

Thanks in advance. :k

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:56 pm 
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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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Thanks HippoT.

So pleased to hear that all is close to normality. Pafuri is without doubt my favorite part of the Kruger.
We are mostly Northerners (not too keen on the crowds down south) but Punda will be the farthest north we've stayed on one of these Dad's 'n Boys trips. Mostly Shing and Letaba (but it's a loooooong trek to Pafuri from Letaba and back......still do it though :lol: )

In 2010 we went to Bataleur and it was quite stunning. The Kruger was a carpet of green and it was stinking hot :redface: . Over 45 degs on most days and it cooled down to a chilly 38 or so at night :shock:

We're staying in one of the Family Bungalows for the week we're there so I'm sure the aircon will take a pounding.


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:53 pm 
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Dear All

Please be informed that the Punda Maria Restaurant will be temporarily closed as from 26 - 10 December 2013 due to renovations. We apologise for the inconveniences.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Some posts further back (about 2008) mention that the reception would be moved to between the gate and petrol station. My last time in Punda Maria was when I stopped en route to Shingwedzi in 2011 and no changes had taken place (not that i noticed anway).

Are these changes still going to happen, have they happened?


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:28 pm 
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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
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:39 pm 
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Hi there All

After regular visits to Kruger since 2007, we are heading to the North for the first time. Now, we have nothing against the north, but have never had more than 6 days to spend in the park, so always pretty much stayed central areas of Letaba to Orpen and everything in between, with the odd foray into the south like Lower Sabie and Skukuza.

Now, we will be driving up to Punda. Where would you suggest we stop for supplies before entering the park?

Thanks and regards

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Some info Here
May be more in the Shopping topic itself.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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LL which gate are you entering the park, or is that part of the question
Also where are you coming from, and about what time? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Hi

We would like to enter at Punda Maria, but not set on it, if you have any alternate recommendations.

We will be driving from our overnight accommodation just off the N1 north of Pretoria. We will really be out of Pretoria, so would ideally not want to go back into Pretoria.

We are hoping to set out bright and early in the AM.

On Google Earth we see a shopping centre in Polokwane just before the R81 turn off. Do you know anything about it? Is it recommended to stop there with a car full of luggage?

Thanks and regards

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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I just been looking at some maps. What do you think about entering at Pafuri and the driving round to Punda? How long will it take? What time will we need to get to Pafuri, and how is the road from Polokwane to Pafuri?

I know, so many questions. Thanks for the help.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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The mall you are referring to is the relatively new Mall of the North. Very good place to stop, with all the regular chain stores and supermarkets. If you are planning on stocking up on cold/frozen foods, it might be a bit far to travel still. Also depends on which gate you'll be entering.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Thanks Guzz, CV and Elsa for the help.

It looks like we will most likely enter at Punda Maria gate, eager for some lazy time after the long drive.

I think that we will try a stop at the Mall of the North. Maybe a good place to buy some non-perishables that we might need.

Anything else I should know about? 1 month to go now. We can’t wait

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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LL :thumbs_up:

Just keep in mind, that to get to the Mall on the R81, you'll need to take the offramp before, namely the R71. At the R71 traffic lights, go straight over and drive about 3kms. Next lights right. If you look at Google Maps, you'll see what I mean.

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