• Guest Rating: (5)
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering
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Punda Maria Restcamp - Kruger Park lies in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park, 10 km from the Punda Maria Gate. The camp is situated in the Sandveld region which is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park.

Numerous plant species occur which are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable. The area is also a birders paradise.

The 22 km Mahonie Loop that circumnavigates the camp is surely one of the best potential bird and tree drives in Southern Africa. A trip to Pafuri Picnic Site is also a must for birders and botanists. The road via Klopperfontein Dam can be very rewarding.

Facilities at Punda Maria Restcamp - Kruger Park:
- 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

Punda Maria Restcamp - Kruger Park has 18 two-bedded bungalows (with communal kitchen facilities), 4 three-bed bungalows (which is equipped with a basic kitchen) and 2 four-bed fully equipped cottages.

Important Notice
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations of National Parks before making a booking.

Kruger Park Access Information:
It is important to read more about the upgrade on the access control system for the Kruger National Park.

Regulations when Exiting the Park:
In order to improve overall controls some changes have been made to the check-out process at camps in the Kruger National Park and your assistance and co-operation is kindly requested in this regard.

Guests are reminded that only guests with valid exit permits will be allowed to exit the park. For day visitors these are issued upon entry at gates and for overnight guests these are issued by the last camp on the guest itinerary.

Gate hours
January - March: 05:30, 18:30 (Camps gates open 04:30)
April - September: 06:00, 18:00 (Camp gates open 06:00
October: 05:30, 18:00 (Camp gates open 05:30)
November - December: 05:30, 18:30 (Camps gates open 04:30)
Cancellation Policy:
In addition to the full cancellation of a reservation, any amendment to an existing reservation, which results in the value of the revised reservation being less than the original value, could result in cancellation fees being levied, according to the following schedule:
- No cancellation fees will be incurred for cancellations or changes 46 days or more prior to arrival;
- Cancellations fees of 50% of the total reservation is payable for cancellations and changes received between 45 and 30 days prior to arrival;
- A 100% cancellation fee is payable for cancellations received within 29 days of arrival;
- A 100% cancellation fee is payable for non-arrivals (no-shows).
If the arrival date of the itinerary is postponed prior to or on date of arrival and then cancelled at a later stage, the fees that applied at the time of amendment will be enforced if the amount is greater than the new cancellation fees.
Modification and cancellation charges may be levied on any other reservations amended or cancelled online, irrespective of the channel through which the reservations were originally made, and subject to the terms and conditions.

- Conservation levy is always excluded from the booking amount and needs to be settled on arrival.
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years
Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Petrol on site
Swimming Pool

Punda Maria Restcamp - Kruger Park is a Self-Catering in Thohoyandou Limpopo South Africa

From Johannesburg / Pretoria to Punda Maria Gate:
Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg), at Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 follow this route for 140 kms and that will take you to the gate.
Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
Punda Maria Main Rest Camp is 10 km away from the gate.
Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp.

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Rooms and Units Available at Punda Maria Restcamp - Kruger Park

Bungalow (BD3)
Sleeps 3 Adults

Bungalow (BG2)
Communal kitchen
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Cottage (FU6)
3 bedrooms, kitchen.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Family Cottage (FU6) (FU6Z)
1 en-suite bedroom with a double bed, 2 en-suite Bedrooms, each with 2 single beds, 3 bathrooms, each with wc and shower, Air-conditioned, DSTV (limited channels), Kitchen, No smoking
Sleeps 6 Adults

Family Cottage (FU6Z)
accessible to mobility challenged
Sleeps 6 Adults

Safari Tent (ST2) (ST2Z)
Fully equipped, (-Z: unit accessible to the mobility challenged)
Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews
Punda Maria is a nice, small camp which was renovated a short time ago. The facilities in the shop and the restaurant are good. The personnel is friendly and helpfully.
However the terrace of the cabin is too small to enjoy breakfast with 3 persons.

Rik van Hout Dec 2011
Very neat and quiet. Nice to stay and not crowded. Staff friendly and helpful. Saw a lot off animals. Will re-visit Punda Maria again.
Frik Smit May 2010
Only problem was that the plug to the frigde was behind the fridge and not plugged in so could not use it.
Alta Prinsloo May 2010
It is small, nice and charming.
Michaela Herber-Bleich Jun 2009
Punda Maria rest camp was by far the best during our stay in the park, they need to address a cockroach problem in kitchen & bat droppings in bedroom. The service and food was good in fact the other restcamp staff can learn a lot from the staff at Punda Maria. We recommend this restcamp highly.

As for the other camps accommodation was average but service in restaurants was totally unacceptable ie Shingwedzi - food orders mixed up, cold breakfasts with toast served almost 5 min later,pork at supper was off. I did speak to management but had little response.

The same at Letaba, restaurant service bad and food served of avarage quality. Olifants, the buffet dinner was top class. I would suggest that staff in restaurants be trained properly and also have a better command of the English language.

I would also suggest that reception staff be more informed about the Wildcard promotion.

Apart from the few hiccups our park experience was great.

Please take all the above as constructive critisism, I would recommend a visit to the park to friends any day !!!

We are already planning another visit to the park next year.
Adri Timm Dec 2007