Punda Maria

Punda gate at sunrisePunda gate at sunrise
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Punda Maria CampPunda Maria Camp

Punda Maria Rest Camp is the northernmost camp and is situated just eight kilometers from the Punda Maria gate.

The baobab by Punda reception areaThe baobab by Punda reception area

The camp has a small reception area with sightings board next to the shop, petrol station, swimming pool, restaurant, Flood-lite waterhole and hide and short walking trail within the camp called the Flycatcher tail.

Punda Maria reception area and sighting board next to the shop. (Those are our photos of the lion and genet above the reception hatch).
Punda petrol stationPunda petrol station
Punda hidePunda hide

the lovely sheltered swimming pool is near the campers...

Punda swimming poolPunda swimming pool

The Flycatcher walking trail is a lovely way to explore Punda camp, we have see many special birds, monkeys and insects along the way.....

Punda Maria walking trailPunda Maria walking trail

Food and drink

the cozy restaurant provides some delicious meals with good friendly service....

Breakfast at Punda MariaBreakfast at Punda Maria
Lunch at Punda MariaLunch at Punda Maria
Breakfast at PundaBreakfast at Punda

Accommodation

Punda Maria has a range of accommodation: 2 Family cottages, Safari Tents, Russell Guest Cottage, campsites and it still has the old white-washed bungalows, built in the 1930's. At night the lanterns are lit providing the 'old-time' atmosphere....

Punda camp Bungalows at nightPunda camp Bungalows at night

There are two rows of bungalows, one row overlooks the road while the other looks onto the back of the first row, but they are all comfy and provide an atmosphere of bygone days;

Punda camps old white washed bungalowsPunda camps old white washed bungalows

The 3 bed bungalows have a fully equipped kitchenette, while the 2 bed bungalows have the use of the communal kitchen. They all have a shared long veranda with table and chairs for each bungalow......

Punda Maria camp bungalowsPunda Maria camp bungalows

The bungalow interiors have been renovated, both have en suite bathrooms, fridges and air cons.

Inside Punda bungalowInside Punda bungalow
Punda Maria Bungalow bedroom and bathroomBungalow bedroom and bathroom
Communal kitchenThis is what a communal kitchen looks like

and a communal braai area with benches, and the bird bath is just behind the wall....

Communal braai area and bird bath at PundaCommunal braai area and bird bath

A view of the double story guest cottages can be seen peeking through the treetops, this image was taken from Mahonie loop...

Punda Family cottagePunda Family cottage

There is 1 en suite loft bedroom with a small patio with another 2 bedrooms downstairs, one with 2 single beds and 1 bedroom with a double bed and both have en-suite bathrooms.

View from the family cottage at PundaView from the family cottage at Punda

There is an open plan kitchen, dining area with bar and a comfortable lounge with limited DSTV.  The small patio has table and chairs and a braai area......

One of the family cottages at Punda Maria campOne of the family cottages at Punda Maria camp

The newest addition to Punda Maria camp is the, Russell Guest Cottage. This lovely large cottage with its own entrance gate is perched on a hill overlooking the camp. 

Russell Guest Cottage at PundaRussell Guest Cottage at Punda
Punda Russell cottageRussell guest cottage

The large open plan lounge with dining room in the background....

Punda Russell Cottage loungeRussell Cottage lounge

A fully equipped kitchen....

Punda Russell cottage kitchenRussell cottage kitchen

two tastefully decorated bedrooms to fit in with the old charm.....

Punda Russell Cottage BedroomRussell Cottage Bedroom

Each has an en suite bathroom, one with a shower and one with a bath...

Punda Russell cottage bathroomPunda Russell cottage bathroom
Punda Russell cottage bathroom with bathRussell cottage bathroom with bath
Punda Russell cottage bathroom with showerPunda Russell cottage bathroom with shower
Russell guest cottage verandaRussell guest cottage veranda
Punda Russell cottage bomaRussell cottage boma and braai area

The seven safari tents are superb, they are large and secluded from the rest of the camp, and surrounded by lush bush giving each tent privacy....

Punda Maria Safari tentPunda Maria Safari tent
Punda Maria TentPunda Maria Tent

Each safari tent has 2 single beds......

inside Punda Safari tentinside Punda Safari tent

 with en-suite bathrooms with separate toilet and storage area....

bathroom and storage area in Punda Safari tentbathroom and storage area in Punda Safari tent

a fully equipped open-air kitchenette...

Punda tent deckPunda tent deck

and a large wooden deck with table and chairs and a braai area...

Punda Safari Tent kitchen and deckPunda Safari Tent kitchen and deck

Tent number 4 is our favourite as it is on the perimeter...

Punda Maria Safari Tent braaiPunda Maria Safari Tent braai
braaing with our go anywhere braai at our safari tent in Pundabraaing with our go anywhere braai at our safari tent in Punda
Sundowners at our Punda tentSundowners at our Punda tent

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The large shaded campsite has communal ablutions and communal kitchen areas with hotplate, 24 hours boiling water and a microwave, some sites have power and some don't. A few sites have a perimeter view or waterhole view. 

Campsite hide view at PundaCampsite hide view at Punda
Communal Kitchen areaCommunal Kitchen area
Camping area on the fence at PundaCamping area on the fence at Punda
crested guineafowl walking through the campsite at Pundacrested guineafowl walking through the campsite at Punda

What comes to your dwelling place at night? these little critters often pop in to the tented area for a visit. In the picture below, the Bush baby came to eat my chili beans from the pot....

Bush baby caught in the actBush baby caught in the act
Genet on Safari tent deck at Punda MariaGenet on Safari tent deck at Punda
Genet in tree in front of our tent in Punda MariaGenet in tree in front of our tent in Punda Maria
Bush Baby on the fence in front of our tentBush Baby on the fence in front of our tent
Civet posing in front of our tent at Punda MariaCivet posing in front of our tent at Punda Maria
bush baby eating a sausage tree flowerbush baby eating a sausage tree flower outside our bungalow

Activities

The hide is located in the camping area of Punda Maria camp - it’s close to ablutions and safe to walk to at night. There are 2 flood lights situated below the hide offering great nighttime game and bird viewing; we have had a procession of animals come down to drink...

Punda hide and waterholePunda hide and waterhole
Inside Punda hideInside Punda hide
Elephants at Punda HideElephants at Punda Hide
Nyala bull puffed up PundaNyala bull puffed up Punda
Nyala Bull at Punda waterholeNyala Bull at Punda waterhole
Punda Little Banded GoshawkLittle Banded Goshawk at Punda
Elephant at Punda waterhole with at blue hourElephant at Punda waterhole with at blue hour

and by night; we have seen leopard, civet, buffalo elephant, nyala and many night birds....

Punda hide at nightPunda hide at night
Leopard and cubs at Punda hide4 Leopards in one picture-mom with 3 cubs at Punda hide
Buffalo bull at Punda Maria hide at nightBuffalo bull at Punda Maria hide at night
Leopard at Punda Hide at nightLeopard at Punda Hide at night
Elephant drinking Punda hide at nightElephant drinking Punda hide at night
Civet at Punda hide at nightCivet at Punda hide at night
Nightjar at Punda HideNightjar at Punda Hide

Talk a walk round camp or sit at the bird bath and see what comes down to drink.....

kurrichane thrush at the Punda bird bathkurrichane thrush at the Punda bird bath
White helmet shrikeWhite helmet shrike
Crested Guineafowl in Punda campCrested Guineafowl in Punda camp
Redbilled HelmetshrikeRedbilled Helmetshrike
Tree Squirrel in Punda campTree Squirrel in Punda camp
Vervet Monkey drinking from tap in Punda Maria campVervet Monkey drinking from tap in Punda
Scarlet chested sunbirdScarlet chested sunbird
Crested guineafowl Punda MariaCrested guineafowl in Punda

Punda rest camp offers a range of activities: guided game drives, guided walks and bush braais, just ask at reception when you check in or you can do self drives.

The Punda Maria area is very good for regular sightings of lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, kudu and even the occasional wild dog and cheetah. The S99 Mahonie loop has beautiful scenery plus its good for lion, elephant, nyala and sharpe's grysbok....

young male lions S99young male lions S99
Wild dogs crossing the road near PundaWild dogs crossing the road near Punda
Punda Lion lying on ant hillPunda Lion lying on ant hill
Elephant in Klopperfontein DamElephant in Klopperfontein Dam
Lions walking in road near PundaLions walking in road near Punda

This is the area of the Baobab trees, which can be seen all the way from the camp and up to Pafuri...

Baobab sunrise near PundaBaobab sunrise near Punda
Baobab flowerBaobab flower

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