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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

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

The camping area:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Dabchick » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:26 am

Lesley Nyawo wrote: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.
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Feeling stupid :redface: , but where exactly is this "second terrace"? Still further up and behind the second row of huts?

Last time we were in Punda we were in one of the BD3 (second row) bungalows - first time in one of these - and several times ended up parking in the main road below the first row of huts because both parking spaces closest to our bungalow were taken. Didn't realise there were another 'second' terrace with more parking.

For our next visit we've booked a safari tent just to avoid the parking problem :redface: , even though we prefer to have aircon in summer... (we tend to spend most of the time outside in the park, not in camp - and the only 'exploration' of the camp we undertook was to the hide...)

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:20 pm

No you are right the second terrace is where you think it is. :thumbs_up:

We also stayed in a Safari tent, and I also prefer aircon if possible.
We were there in Nov 2011, and it wasnt too hot, but still hot enough!!
The ceiling fan is very efficient, and was fine for me, though how it would be in the very hot weather I dont know.

We enjoyed our stay in that Safari tent.
Comfortable inside, and a lovely deck with outside kitchen and braai.

Just watch out for the monkeys, unless they have been removed? :shock: :shock:
I long each day for my beloved Kruger!!!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:05 pm

Back from a stunning Kruger trip -- so lush and green at Punda that we saw 7 elephants in 3 days, lol.
The camp was really lovely, and the noise in the front row not bad at all.
I had a chance to chat to the camp manager, and suggested the following to him:
1. Make a NO PARKING sign in front of the front huts, so there is more space for living. Cars can park in the shade on the opposite side.
2. Make the tar road a ONE WAY road IN, and let all cars exit via the dirt road that goes up, behind the road behind the back row of huts.

That would seriously limit vehicle movement. He seemed quite amicable to the idea...

Highlight: Sitting on my chair in the middle of the road in the dark while watching the full moon rise over the plains. Nobody bothered me.
The communal braai area is excellent, and people enjoy getting together there.
Easter candle meeting by Leon Taylor of Phalaborwa was really meaningful in this area.

My wife wants to go back and we have only been home 2 days!

Yippee!

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:43 pm

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:2. Make the tar road a ONE WAY road IN, and let all cars exit via the dirt road that goes up, behind the road behind the back row of huts.

Unless they had to widen that road and I don't see any easy way to do that, IMO that unfortunately really would not work or be practical as its very narrow and our car which is a large one granted, battled to get round the first corner.
No way would a truck or a car pulling a trailer be able to get through there easily as it is now.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Dabchick » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:49 am

Elsa wrote:
Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:2. Make the tar road a ONE WAY road IN, and let all cars exit via the dirt road that goes up, behind the road behind the back row of huts.

Unless they had to widen that road and I don't see any easy way to do that, IMO that unfortunately really would not work or be practical as its very narrow and our car which is a large one granted, battled to get round the first corner.
No way would a truck or a car pulling a trailer be able to get through there easily as it is now.


Agree with Elsa. And in any case - there is not much traffic in the camp in any case, not even in the main road in front of the bottom row of bungalows, so why change something that doesn't need changing...

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:06 pm

Grantmissy wrote:Has anyone stayed at the restored Russell Guest Cottage and perhaps took photos of the historical cottage?

It is open for bookings GM and judging by the pics that Joep Stevens posted on F/B it looks stunning!

These are just 2 of them, will have to look and see if I can find the rest.

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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by suefish » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:06 pm

We are staying in the Russell Guest cottage on the 2nd may. Very excited. Can someone tell me where it is situated as it's not showing on the camp layout
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Re: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:17 pm

Its situated right outside the main gates to the camp on the right in an elevated position.
Enjoy your visit and please do remember to take lots of pics for the Accommodation photos :thumbs_up:


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