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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 .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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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 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 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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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:55 pm

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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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:19 am

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

Camp Manager
Johan Mdluli
email: johann.mdluli@sanparks.org

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

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby NogardGio » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:18 am

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

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:57 am

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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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Joubie » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:39 pm

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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