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Re: What do you need for punda maria

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:59 am

Hi and warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Can you tell me what type of accommodation you have booked or think of booking?

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Re: What do you need for punda maria

Unread post by Gs2014 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:20 am

We are staying in a one bedroom bungalow. It says on the website no cutlery provided but I read somewhere you can get a hamper with some things, am not sure if this is correct or what else to bring. We will be doing some of our own cooking.

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Re: What do you need for punda maria

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:32 am

Welcome.. there is a lovely barbeque area for you to cook your food over the coals . So you will probably need braai tongs and a few knives and forks and spoons and a small pot and frying pan ,, paper plates and mugs and you can buy charcoal firelighters or wood at the shop . or you can have a fairly pleasant meal at the restaurant next to the shop . Take a picnic with you to Pafuri picnic spot ( you can purchase cool drinks there .)There is usually boiling water in the communal camp kitchens so an inexpensive flask is a good idea too.
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Re: Punda Maria

Unread post by Snoobab » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:31 pm

I've just returned from Punda Maria and I have to say the Camp is looking great. The campsite was clean with the bins being emptied every day. There are a few Monkeys around so make sure everything is locked. The pool was crystal clean and very refreshing.
The shop was very well stocked, very nice selection of meats with fresh veggies (carrots, potato's, tomato's and a selection of fruit) fresh bread and just generally well stocked.
I did not eat at the restaurant but the food smelled great.
There is definitely no flood damage, just in my opinion a nicely run clean camp.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Ralph vV » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:23 pm

One of our favourite camps! Always neat and tidy, well-run and birds a-plenty.... Love it! And the hide provides hours of great entertainment. :-)
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by linray » Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:39 pm

We stayed here in December for 4 nights (camping) and WOW it was amazing everything was clean and tidy. Ate at the restaurant food is really brilliant and tasty. Shop is well stocked and in general a wonderful campsite cannot wait to go back. Saw a few different Elephant herds at the water hole everyday/night was a great site. Although it was December is was actually reasonably quiet which was great.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:16 pm

Hi, and welcome to the forums!

StuartGroom wrote:Being based at Punda, are the roads up to Crooks Corner etc still accessible?

Thanks in anticipation.

Yes, they are, and in good condition. All repair work after the floods are completed. Of course, there could be more heavy rains now that it is summer, but let us cross all fingers and toes, no damage again.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by K-4S » Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:13 pm

Could anyone tell me what Russell Cottage is? on the online booking platform it doesn't appear but then on the 2015/2016 PDF for tariffs it shows there is a unit called Russell cottage in Punda Maria that sleeps 4 people.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:47 pm

K-4S. I have no idea about the Russell Cottage but I did see some work on what I thought was a staff cottage - up the hill near the gate to the camp. They seemed to be painting etc.

Perhaps you should phone the camp and ask - the receptionists there are very friendly and helpful and I'm sure they will have an answer for you.
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New Cottage at Punda

Unread post by jilj » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:16 am

Does anybody know when the new cottage up on the hill above the entrance to Punda will be ready? Longing to stay there.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:27 pm


Could somebody please help me with Punda layout -- am looking at the map, but slightly confused.
Back row of BG2 huts 13-18, and BD3 huts 19-22. Looks like they face onto the back of the front row of huts.

Front row of BG2 huts 1-12. According to the map they face onto a small open patch, then below/south of that the main entrance road from the gate to petrol/reception/ shop and Safari Tents....

When I look at pictures on this forum, it seems like the front row of huts face directly onto a tar road...
Question: This tar road that comes to within a meter of the front doors of huts 1-12 -- is it the main road? Or is there another road (main road) lower than the road that is so close to the huts? And it seems as if there is a paved section that ends with the communal braai area -- some people say it is from huts 1-6, while others say it is below huts 10-12. From the pictures it looks more like 10-12.

What I am actually asking: Does ALL the traffic entering Punda Maria go within 1 m of your front door, or is there a buffer of road, green patch of grass/braai area between the front huts and the MAIN ROAD?

Please let me know, I am finalizing bookings for March -- haven't slept in Punda since I was 10, and am back there for my 60th birthday -- want it quiet and peaceful!

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by arks » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:36 pm

The "main" road into the camp does pass directly in front of those huts, with the communal braai area across from them on the other side of the road. Punda doesn't get that much "traffic, but if you plan to spend time in camp during the day, it might be disturbing. For peace and quiet at Punda Maria, I would recommend that you rather book one of the safari tents, I'd recommend #3 or #2. Perhaps make that a special "treat" for your birthday?
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:20 pm

I would agree that if having the through road directly in front of the BG2's is a problem for you then you book one of the safari tents which will be much quieter.
but still a charming camp with lots of the old look bungalows retained.
You can see some of the Accommodation pics

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:25 pm

I can really recommend the Safari Tents as having just returned from a Kruger trip where we spent 5 days in No.5. The views were beautiful and the peace and quiet was special. Punda is a wonderful little camp with a charm all its own.
Here are some photos of our tent No.5.....(The walk from where you park your car is a bit far, but the views are beautiful...No.s 2 & 3 have a short walk, as do the others.




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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Lesley Nyawo » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:29 pm

Dear Friedrich von Hörsten

The layout of Punda is as follows:

There are two rows of units.

The front row no 1 to 12 are on the road. The occupants park in front of the units.

The second row 13 – 22 are on the first terrace. Guests park next to the units or on the second terrace.

The huts are historical dating from the 1930’s.

As a result the design is a unit with a very thick wall and a low roof.

The braai area is on the opposite side to prevent accidental fires and is one of the few places in Kruger where you can still meet strangers around the communal braai and develop new friendships.

The main road goes passed the front row of huts but there is not that much traffic.

The guest is welcome to contact us regarding unit allocations and if possible we can allocate the guest to the second row if this is a concern.

Please see attached photo’s

I hope this will be of help.

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