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Punda Maria Restcamp
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Good choice if you want to see northern parts of Kruger Park. Seems to be clean and staff helpful (with small exception in restaurant, when waiter forget to inform us that there is no more t-bone steak that day before he gave us a menu and he said this when i try to order it). We lived in our motorhome (camper).

Room Tip: It's good to arrived to the camp sooner than few minutes before closing a game - if you come too late, there will be not much options where to park your car and electricity won't be close to your place.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Arriving at this camp after a long drive was quite a surprise. The camp is still set up like many other Kruger camps were in the 60's. The units were very small and had the absolute minimum as far as equipment went. We had to make use of a communal cooking area which was pretty dirty and had to purchase paper plates and plastic utensils as nothing is supplied. The only positive about the accommodation was that it was clean.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Nick B
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We visited in 2012 and return this year as we hade a really great visit here and will again stay longer this year despite a 1200km + trip as this camp which has this a very special ambiance.

I had last visited with my parents in 1966 and some things had not changed which is great - they have preserved a certain of the old buildings from the past which no new modern establishment can replace

Reading the reviews it is heartening that the majority of visitors from abroad enjoy the camp and the value for money afforded, though it is disappointing that some visitors to this country expect to pay a little more than a European campsite rate (currently average about 40Euro = R560 - yet this comes in at about 60 Eur or R890 for private en-suite accom with ambience ) - Clearly some visitors to this country want to pay minimal costs but expect expect ****Star luxury accommodation- those days are long gone in any civilised country..

Some overseas visitors from abroad should be aware that these parks are aspiring to high service excellence at affordable cost = decent wages need to be met .

I do realise that the service ideal is not always met by the Sanparks personel so if the service or accommodation is deficient , make your voice heard when you do an appraisal after visiting

In our opinion, this camp is really good and exceptionally good value for money - we stayed in the safari tents .

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank FairCape
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This was my first visit to Punda Maria. I came unprepared (as usual!). It was a surprise that the usual amenities are not available in the bungalows, but the shop had everything I needed for a braai.

The restaurant was very good, I had their pap & vleis - delicious and a very nice glass of wine.

My tip would be to bring a Cell C sim card with if you want to stay in touch with the world. Very good 5Mbs 3G connection. MTN and Vodacom useless here.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
2  Thank Gordon_Day
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed at this camp in October 2013 for two nights and had a fantastic time, we hired three cottages and were well prepared, bringing all our food, loads of BBQing and a few glasses of vino at night. Each night, as we were working the BBQ we had a visitor in the shape of a Spotted Genet who came into the Braai area drawn by me cremating something. It was great to see.
Within the first hour driving we came across a Leopard and then the following morning a Lion kill within 5k of our gate.

The cottage had a en suit/twin beds and a few seats which we took outside in the evening, the camp had a petrol station and a small shop/cafe information office.
The area north of the camp is really why we visited the camp and it did not disappoint, beautiful place with loads of Baobab trees and large rivers.

ONE MAJOR PROBLEM, as we drove the last 40 kilometres to the Punda Maria on the R524 we came across road blocks the last one was manned with about twenty young men who threatened us with rocks and hammers as we manoeuvred around these blockages. At the last road block we noticed two police men armed with shot guns about 75m before we came to the block!!!

After saying all that, we are going back this October for two more days but this time we are going to enter the park at Phalaborwa and drive to Punda Maria.

My advise is don't drive the R524

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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6  Thank russellrowantree
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