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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:04 pm 
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Rooikat - no we didn't. You will have to use the communal braais. The layout is rather like streets, the cottages are "semi-detached" or terraced and have very little room in front of them. Just room for a very small table and a path. Not sure if you could even fit a gas skottle in there safely. Then there's a drop and the front row of cottages. Upside is that its a very short walk to the restaurant/shop.

But don't let it put you off - its a lovely, quiet camp, lots of atmosphere and charm. One of my favourite camps now.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Hi there Rooikat :D

Saraf gave you some pretty good information, but sometimes pictures do half the talking (well for me it does :wink: ).Punda is an extrodinary camp IMHO, with it's own character.. It's build on the slope of a hill. The bulk of the units are a bit cramped compad to other camps, but not in a really bad way.

I personally prefer the units on the streetside. Altough a bit busier during the day, at night with some decent planning (park you car nicely) you can take your table+chair and have your meal on the road next to your hut! This might sound funny, but have a look yourself..
It's unforgettable to there, with a real relaxed Kruger sphere, watching all the oillamps, listen to the soft mumming of other nature lovers 8)
Well, here a few pics (we had units 6 & 7) which were all new from the inside :wink:

The other advantage, we placed the skottel road, and enjoyed it! Just remeber, dont take half the road, but just a small piece you need :wink:

The camp also has a (newish) hide, at the campingside, close to the fence. Overall, its a bit oldish, but VERY sphereful camp! I loved it despite the old appearance :D

Roadside 'bungalows'
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Opposite the 'bungalows'
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Communal braai area (in the background)
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Layout of the other 'bungalows' (1 block =3/4 bungalows)
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'Bungalows' right the top (backside)
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Hope this helped :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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:thumbs_up: Spot on!

It is not at all how I imagined Punda! But, even though it is a bit "street like", I can't wait to get there and experience it!

Thank you for the replies!

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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The pool is fixed .unfortunately , as could hear the excessive noise of screeching and shouting from afar .

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Well, it may have a downside, but at a schorching hot 45+ degrees, I do welcome the "intrusion", as a tent can be a littlr hot then.

I rather dislike that the birdhide is built just to the left of my normal spot and now draw traffic through a previous VERY quiet area.

We all got to live with those little inconveniences though :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Welcome harrys....

I will also be at Punda from the 1 - 20 July...hope to see you there :D

Can someone tell me about the communual braai area...does everyone make his/her own fire or are you allowed to just go there with you meat and braai it on someone elses fire (asking as I will be by myself and it would be a good saving if I dont need to buy wood for these 3 weeks :D :shock: :lol:

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@ Mgoddard, the only communal Braai area I know of is opposite the challets on the main road up to Reception. I guess if someone has a big fire you could ask to share it.

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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OMG, I LOVED this place! We had safari tent 3 and it was on the end and very secluded. It was like being on your own in the bush! Wake to birds!

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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The safari tents have electrical plugs in the kitchen area , (the bedroom area ?) and the area beside the bathroom .
You will have to bring tour own paraffin lantern to your safari tent .

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:thumbs_up: Pumbaa, you won't regret it! The tents are located between bushes and you almost gets the feeling that you are alone. Think I have stayed in no 5 the last time :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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Pumbaa, I always buy a bug "lamp" — they sell them in most of the shops in KNP and also in the shop at TR in KTP — and it creates much the same effect as the traditional PM parrafin lamps. 8) It has a base filled with lmap oil (parrafin?) with a wick and a plastic chimney.

You are going to love the PM safari tents! :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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I would recommnd tent 3 - 5 . The rest are really just as good , just 3 - 5 are at the end of the cul de sac with less passing traffic (see map on website) and 6 - 8 are closer to the road leading to the staff quarters .

To me a lantern is an essential part of my packing , I allways use it .
A genuine blue Dietz paraffin lantern just can't be beaten , mine works well enough with citronella - type oil that one uses in the "bug lights" Arks mentions .

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 Post subject: Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp
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in order to book a certain unit (safari tent or bungalow) do I have to phone the camp directly? or can it also be done by an e-mail to reservations@sanparks.org?

i found e-mail adresses from the camp managers but it`s said not to use them for reservations but for general enquiries...

I would like to avoid phoning... :whistle: :roll:

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@ Safrica: I usually send an email to either the camp manager or one of the duty managers to enquire about a certain unit. This has always worked well in the past. For my upcoming trip this month I emailed 5 camps - 3 of them replied, 2 didn't reply.

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Thanks Katja, I did that! :thumbs_up:
Worked for most camps so far...

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