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Punda Maria Rest Camp

Punda Maria lies in the northern most part of the Kruger National Park, 8km from Punda Maria Gate.

The camp is situated in the Sandveld region that is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species which occur that are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable and the area is a bird paradise.

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Activities

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Mini ATM facility available in the restaurant
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area (located 8 km outside of camp next to Punda Maria Gate)
  • TVs (limited DSTV) available in family bungalows only
  • Cellphone reception

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.

The swimming pool at Punda Maria Rest Camp is currently not accessible due to major renovation work. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.


Day Visitors

Punda Maria has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbecue) and picnic. There are also picnic facilities at Pafuri and Babalala.


Travel Information

Routes and times are from central Gauteng.

By Road: Punda Maria Gate

Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg). At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140km. That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Punda Maria Rest Camp is 10km away from the gate. Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!


Flora & Fauna

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

Mammals

Game can prove sparse but kudu, nyala, buffalo and Sharpe’s grysbok thrive in this habitat.

Wild dog, elephant and lion are also frequently recorded. The Mahonie Loop is also the best venue in the Kruger National Park to see the diminutive suni antelope. A trip to Pafuri will produce plenty of nyala and impala, and possibly some bushbuck.

Vervet monkey and baboon will be seen in abundance and plenty of hippo and Nile crocodile in the riverbed itself. Early arrivers heading down Nyala Drive may well be lucky enough to see bush pig.

Vegetation

The camp is situated in sandveld. The sandy soil means the area is well drained and several natural springs occur. The plant communities are very complex. No single tree species dominates, but several species are restricted to this ecozone. Visitors should search for white syringa, mixed bushwillow, silver cluster-leaf, baobab, pod mahogany, sickle bush and weeping wattle. Grazing is sparse to moderate sweet grass.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Nyala
  2. Sharpe’s Grysbok
  3. Wild Dog
  4. Zebra
  5. Crested Guineafowl

Contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 6873
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6894
  • Mobile: +27 (0)82 802 0066

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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