50 x tent or caravan
sites, with or without power point and rotating braai
grids. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities
(24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing
up facilities). Maximum of 6 persons per site.
7 x 2-bed permanent
furnished canvas tents on stilts, fully equipped, with
shower, fridge, cooking and braai facilities.
18 x 2-bed units,
equipped with en-suite ablutions (all with showers),
air-conditioning and communal braai area. There are no
cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal
kitchen with scullery and electrical hotplate stoves is
4 x 3-bed units,
equipped with en-suite ablutions (all with showers) and
air-conditioning. All have sinks and hotplates with
kitchenette and communal braai (barbeque) area.
2 x 6 bed units,
with 3 en-suite bedrooms (2 bedrooms each with 2 single
beds and 1 bedroom with a double bed). Equipped with
open plan kitchen/dining/bar area and living room with
(limited channel) DSTV. One of the rooms is upstairs
(loft bedroom with patio). It also has a patio/braai
area on the bottom floor.
Accommodation at Punda
Maria Rest Camp caters to a variety of guest
requirements and is well suited for those guests that
are looking for a self-catering bushveld experience. Why
rush? Stay longer!
Guided Bush Walks
Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue) available on
special request. Includes game drive to venue. Confirm
availability when booking.
Paradise Flycatcher camp walk
Thulamela Archaeological Trail (located about 50 km
outside of camp)
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight
Northern Plains 4 x 4 Adventure Trail (weather
These activities will
ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, as
well as further details for these activities are
available from reception.
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
Cell phone reception
Game can prove sparse
but kudu, nyala, buffalo and Sharpes 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
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.
Birding in Punda Maria
In the camp
(particularly on the Paradise Flycatcher Trail)
Yellowbellied Greenbul and Terrestrial Brownbul
(Bulbul), Bearded Scrub Robin should be looked for.
Birding throughout the camp is excellent. Birds of prey
are common overhead. Verreauxs (Black)
Eagle is sometimes seen, while in winter the
White-necked Raven is a regular visitor. The
Mahonie Loop, (the 25km circular drive around the camp)
is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding birding drives
in the Park. One should give oneself plenty of time to
cover the distance, and travel with windows down and
stop frequently, particularly for calls. On a good day
one could record several of the following specials':
White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Arnots Chat, Crowned
Hornbill, Grey-headed (Chestnut-bellied) Kingfisher,
Crested Guineafowl, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Grey-headed
Parrot, African and European Golden Oriole
(both summer), Eastern (Yellow-spotted) Nicator,
Stierling's Wren-Warbler (Barred Warbler) and
Dickinson's Kestrel. Narina Trogon has also been
recorded on the loop, but is shy and elusive. On the
drive from Punda Maria to Pafuri via the Klopperfontein
Dam, Racket-tailed Roller and Southern (Mashona)
Hyliota have been recorded. This is also one of the
best areas to search for Yellow-billed Oxpecker.
This species was absent in the park for many years, but
returned in the 1980s and their numbers are still
increasing. Buffalo are the preferred hosts.
by Chris Patton , with input from Nic Squires, Ian Whyte
, Hein Grobler , Andrew Deacon , Errol Pietersen, and
several other birder both staff and public)
routes and times from central Gauteng
Take the N1 to
Polokwane (Pietersburg). At Makhado (Louis Trichard)
link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140 km.
That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6
hours for the trip to the gate. Punda Maria Rest Camp is
10 km 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!