Punda Maria Rest Camp

A gathering of impala ewes encountered on safari in the Kruger National Park.

Punda Maria Rest Camp is the northernmost camp in the Kruger National Park.

Price From:
POA
Type:
Rest Camp
Level:
National Park
Star Rating:
N/A
Location:
Kruger National Park, South Africa
No of Units:
32

Punda Maria Rest Camp lies in the northern section of the Kruger National Park and the area is steeped in history, albeit tragic and controversial. People come to Punda Maria Rest Camp, not only to see the wildlife, but to enrich their experience of a Kruger Park safari. The area was, at the turn of the previous century, a hub for ivory poachers and illegal labor recruiting. Criminals favored the area as the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique met at a point where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu meet - here they could cross easily into foreign territory when pursued by the law.

Punda Maria Rest Camp is now the hub for a relaxing Kruger Park safari, where accommodation options range from 7 luxury safari tents, 22 two or three bed bungalows, two family bungalows and fifty caravan or camp sites with power points. A shop, cafeteria, swimming pool and filling station are the main facilities available.

The game is said to be sparse, but the area is known for its astonishing birdlife, which will amaze the avid bird watcher. Rare antelope like Sharpe's grysbok also call this area home. Greater galago, also known as thick-tailed bush baby, frequent the camp's perimeters at night and are always delightful to observe.

Riaan's Review

Punda Maria is the most northerly camp in the Kruger Park. It is remote and wonderful for this fact. If you have the time and are willing to travel the distance, it really is worthwhile to visit this area of Kruger. Here, the density of tourists are much lower than in the south and the area is quite beautiful with a rich mammal diversity.

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