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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:11 am

Hi Estelle

In the last 7 years we have never gone into Kruger with food. We have always bought at the shops in the camps. The only park we have ever taken groceries into is Addo.

We thinking of doing things differently this year because it is the first time we staying for so long and the first time going north, so feedback like yours is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby watershed » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:13 pm

I am very glad I stumbled on this subject. We are going to Punda Maria for the first time ever this year and from all I have been reading I think we should have booked for longer than the one night. I sounds really interesting.
Hopefully Mopani is also interesting because we are going there for 2 nights after PM and we haven't been there before either.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:04 pm

Hi Joubie

Do you know how long it takes from Pafuri to Punda Maria?

We are still trying to work out if we should enter at Punda gate or at Pafuri gate then drive down to Punda Maria.

How long is the drive from Polokwane to 1, Punda gate or 2, Pafuri gate?

This will help with our decision.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Joubie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:38 pm

Hi Leaping Lizards
According to the Kruger map it's 76km's. We going to enter Pafuri Gate when it opens and explore the area. We want to go to Pafuri picnic area, Crooks Corner because the chances of us going up so far north in the near future again are slim and we have never been there. Most northern part of Kruger we have stayed at is Shingwedzi and we loved it. We there next week I can't wait.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby tusk » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:20 am

Hello Leaping Lizard

Check out the website DistancesFrom.com.
Polokwane to Parfuri 276km, 4 hours. Straight forward driving N1, take the R525.
Polokwane to Punda Maria Camp 246km 3.5 hours. N1 to Louis Trichardt. R524 to Punda.

Parfuri to Punda 76km 3 plus hours depending on sightings.

If you come in via Punda gate you will have time to do the Mahonie loop andhave time to enjoy the camp with its bird hide, then do the Parfuri, Crooks Cnr area the next day.

Just a thought, have a great time.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:51 am

Thanks Tusk

Is the R524 route to Punda better than the R81 via Giyani route?

I heard a while back that R81 was a better option, but that was then? Is the R524 better at the moment?
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Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby stricks26 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:40 pm

Hi Everyone,

We are staying in Punda Maria in Jan 2015, and although we will be braaiing for most of our stay in the park, we thought we may eat out , on one of the nights in Punda, so my question is , anyone been there recently and if so what is it like? any info at all would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby barryels » Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:30 am

We were there on the 18th of October 2014 and the camp, including reception, the shop and restaurant is wonderful. Have a look Here for photos :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:41 am

Hi there Stricks

The Punda restaurant is very small with a small menu as well. The service is good and the food also.

It is one of the last Compass run restaurants, and the feeling in our group was that since they lost most of the restaurants in the South, they picked up their game, service and quality in their remaining restaurants.
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:33 am

I was told very recently that Tinyiko, the conference folk from Mopani (and BnD) have taken over responsibility for the restaurants at Shingwedzi and Punda. Perhaps somebody can confirm this?
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:42 am

EJ is correct. Tindlovu have taken over management of Punda and Shingwedzi. They also manage BnD and Mopani restaurants. I was impressed with what I saw in the shop yesterday. I will give more info in a day or so. We are staying in the camp now.
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:11 am

:redface: got the name wrong!!!!!
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:08 am

Haha EJ. I have to ask SO every time I write it how to spell it. :redface:
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:28 am

Sorry about misinformation. I could have sworn I saw Compass somewhere.
But I still stand on the rest, small place, good food, good service and prices not to bad at all.
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Re: Punda Maria Camp , Restaurant info

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:09 pm

LL, I have not eaten here at Punda since the change, but popped up to the shop and restaurant again to check things out for Iain. The menu is the same as is offered at Shingwedzi - not a huge variety, but more than enough, and our food at Shingwedzi was good and well presented. The restaurant retains its old world charm, and I can think of nothing nicer than sitting outside under the baobab enjoying a candle light supper.

Also, the shop is well stocked with fresh items, salad goodies, cheeses, cream, milks, yogurts, many tinned foods, variety of breads from Low Gi to white, rusks, biscuits, beverages, and so on. One will not starve if we had to live out of the shop to provide items for meals.
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