This is the northern-most camp in Kruger. Recommended accommodation is in self-catering bungalows which sleep between 2 and 6 people.
There is a fuel station, a small shop, a restaurant and a cafeteria at the camp.
The Paradise Flycatcher Nature Trail meanders through some of the wooded areas inside the camp, and is aimed primarily at birdwatchers, although anyone would enjoy the hilltop scenery.
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Accommodation only basis. PLEASE NOTE: The daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is payable at the Park gate on arrival.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
Directions For Drivers
If you are entering the Park for the first time, the best gate to enter through is the Punda Maria Gate. If you are driving to the camp from within the Park, please use the 'South African National Parks Visitors Guide to the Kruger National Park' which contains detailed road maps.
From Johannesburg: Take the N1 northwards to Pretoria. Stay on the N1 until Makhado/Louis Trichardt, and take the R524 to Thohoyandou. The Punda Maria Gate is approximately 60 km further along this road. Once inside the Park, follow the signs to the camp through the Park. 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.
Once inside the Park, do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the Park before the gates are open and once the gates are closed, therefore guests need to plan their arrival and departure times carefully. You cannot arrange to leave the Park before the gates are open, and you must ensure that you arrive at the entrance gate with sufficient time to drive through the Park to reach your destination by the time the gate closes, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter.
January/February: Open 05:30, Close 18:30 March: Open 05:30, Close 18:00 April: Open 06:00; Close 18:00 May/June/July: Open 06:00, Close 17:30 August/September: Open 06:00, Close 18:00 October: Open 05:30, Close 18:00 November/December: Open 05:30, Close 18:30
Please note that the maximum speed limit in the Park is 50 km/h for tar roads and 40 km/h for gravel roads.
General Information For Guests
All units are serviced by cleaning staff on a daily basis. Bedding is supplied.
The Safari Tents (ST2) are on stilts, and are fully equipped, with shower, fridge, cooking and braai facilities.
The 2 Bed Bungalows (BG2) are 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 available. The 3 Bed Bungalows (BD3) are equipped with en-suite ablutions (all with showers) and air conditioning. All have sinks and hotplates with kitchenette and communal braai (barbeque) area.
The Family Cottage (FU6) has 3 en-suite bedrooms (2 bedrooms each with 2 single beds and 1 bedroom with a double bed), and an 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.
Facilities at the camp include a public telephone, post box, restaurant, cafeteria, shop, mini ATM facility, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, a swimming pool, mobile phone reception, and basic on-site first-aid assistance. Cutlery and plate hampers are available at reception.
Guided sunrise, sunset and night game drives can be arranged from the camp at an additional cost - rates on request.