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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Scops » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:26 pm

hi all,

we visited Punda Maria in Jan 2017 so I thought I would provide some feedback (better late than never :redface: ).

The camp was clean, the shop well-stocked and the staff were friendly and helpful.
The hut accommodation was fine, properly cleaned and the AC worked - thank goodness :D

The ranger taking the sunset drive was very patient in trying to find us a pennant-winged nightjar - alas we never saw it :wall:
But the best surprise was dinner at the restaurant (Tindlovu). We had seriously tasty burgers with great service.

Well done to all at Punda Maria !!

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:48 pm

Thanks for the feedback Scops, I will see it gets directed to the camp management. :thumbs_up:
Pity about not seeing the nightjar.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Hippotragus » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:57 pm

Thanks for positive comments James 89 and Scops.

We love Punda Maria camp and have always had great service, from friendly staff. We have stayed in the BD3 units and CT2 tents - always great.

The Russell Cottage looks fabulous, but as it is usually only the 2 of us on a trip we will have to wait until others can join us to enjoy it.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Bazzerk84 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:31 am

So we are back from our last Kruger trip and I have to say that we were disappointed in the safari tent we were allocated (perhaps it serves me right for not researching hard enough!).

The tent itself was stunning. Well laid out, neat as a pin and I loved the proper shower - the luxury tents at Tamboti could learn a thing or two from their counterparts at Punda! Oh, and the double doors leading into the bedroom really add a touch of class.

all of that being said, we were in tent 6 and unfortunately from our balcony, we could see the happenings of the carpark. Perhaps not an issue in the summer months when the bush is thicker. Also, this tent sits in from of another and for your neighbors to get to their tent, they need to walk right past your deck, so privacy is compromised. The service road right behind the tent was also quite distracting.

We were meant to stay at Punda for 3 nights after having stayed at Sirheni for 2, but we fell so in love with Sirheni that we amended our booking to have 3 nights there and 2 at Panda. Glad I did that.

Perhaps having come from Sirheni, where peace, quiet and seclusion are the order of the day, I was a little shell-shocked at Punda, hence why our tent seemed in the middle of a "city" :D :D :D

When we go back to Punda I will be certain to request any of the tents that have their backs to the car park. They must be superb!
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:42 am

I have to admit I enjoy the safari tents more than the ones at Tamboti, I always love staying at Tent Nr1 at Punda Maria, it hasnt got the nicest of views but, its very private. Maybe something to consider when you visit Punda Maria the next time, Bazzerk84.

If I had to choose between Sirheni and Punda Maria, Sirheni obviously wins hands down. Its one of my personal favourites in the KNP!

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