Punda Maria 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 that 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 birder's paradise. Punda Maria is in a summer rainfall area. Next to the Pretoriuskop region it has the highest average annual rainfall in the park at around 650mm per annum. Such precipitation is often convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and sometimes balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.
At a Glance
- Camp Walk (Paradise Flycatcher Trail)
- Night Drive
- Morning Drive
- Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
Camping: There are 40 sites available. All 40 sites have power points. The power points are not next to each site, but rather from 10 conveniently placed points. 16-bed Pierre Joubert Guest House
8-bed Doherty Bryant Boma
6-bed guest cottages
4-bed family cottages
2-4 and 6-bed bungalows (two two-bed bungalows have been adapted for physically impaired persons)
2-3, 5 and 6-bed huts.
The Mangwa (Zebra in Shangaan) Restaurant and Shop is the oldest complex in the Kruger National Park dating from the 1930's. The small restaurant has 7 tables inside catering for 34 people and 4 tables outside for 16 people from 07h00 in the morning till late. The fully licensed Quick Service menu will satisfy the hungry and the not so hungry with varieties ranging from a light to a full breakfast, available throughout the day. An a la carte menu is available for the evenings with juicy Spare Ribs, Chicken Schnitzel, game meats and more to choose from. The adjacent shop will cater for the basic needs from Curios to meat, cleaning material, unscheduled medicine, liquor and more, 7 days a week.