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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:35 pm

Thank you Arks and Elsa,

This is a last minute booking, so only BG2 huts available for Easter weekend... My wife originally wanted to fly me to Vic Falls/Hwange or Zanzibar/Serengeti, but too expensive for short trip... lol

I suppose we will just have to spend most of the day in the park (we do that anyway!), and evenings should be better -- at least we shouldn't hear the air conditioners of our neighbours... looks like the back row of huts faces directly on the front row's aircons/geysers etc. which won't be much better anyway....

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Lesley Nyawo » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:11 pm

Dear Friedrich von Hörsten

I trust this mail finds you well.
I have relayed your enquiry to Punda Maria Camp Management for a qualified response. I will revert back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby 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.

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I hope this will be of help.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:14 pm

Thanks for that great description of a fantastic camp Lesley! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Lesley Nyawo » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:02 am

you are welcome :dance:
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:40 pm

Feb 2016 - some snaps taken this morning around this peaceful, charming camp that still holds a sense of 'old world' and remoteness.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:43 pm

The camping area:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Tessa G » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:15 pm

Thanks for those DB. We just love Punda. We spent a good few hours in that pool in December, as well as the bird hide. :mrgreen: I would love to be back there right now.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby manicwalker » Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:41 am

Oh goodness Dinky bird!
Punda is such a special camp, and brings back years gone by.... :)
you are certainly making me feel somewhat :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
I will really have to start making some camping plans...
Thanks for the lovely camp photos :k

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:55 am

Thank you for posting these photographs DB. Punda Maria and Shingwedzi are our favourite camps in the Kruger National Park. I wish I could be there now.
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby George_Brits » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:36 am

Lovely piccies of Punda Maria, DB. I am staying over at Punda for a few days in April and I can't wait :mrgreen:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:27 am

After seeing the photos, my desire to be back in Punda is overwhelming. Camped there only once before (10 years ago) and enjoyed it tremendously. This time it will be for 7 nights from 6 May onwards - the first 7 of 38 awaiting us in the park. We've been to Punda on two other occasions since camping there in 2006, but stayed in the Family Bungalows once and the last time was in a Safari Tent. We had the following visitors to our Safari Tent. As a matter of fact we actually had 4 genet together at one stage.

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