Punda Maria Rest Camp

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Situated in the northernmost part of the park, Punda Maria is a bird watchers' paradise and is the best area to find the shy Nyala Antelope Nestled on a ridge in what is called the Sandveld region, the camp has a sub-tropical climate, which gives it a unique wilderness atmosphere. The ambiance of the camp gives the visitors a feeling of ‘Africa in the old day”

 Accommodation

Tent or caravan sites, available with or without electricity points and rotating braai grids. The camps have communal ablution and cooking facilities, with twenty-four hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities, and can accommodate a maximum of six people per site. Please ensure to provide your own tent and camping equipment, caravan or motor home.

Permanent, two-bed furnished Safari Tent on stilts, fully equipped, with showers, fridges, and cooking and braai (barbecue) facilities.

Two-bed  Bungalow with en-suite bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning and communal braai (barbecue) areas. A communal kitchen with scullery and electrical hotplate stoves is available. No cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery are provided.

Three-bed  Bungalow with en-suite bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning and communal braai (barbecue) areas. This bungalow has a kitchenette with sinks, hotplates and a communal braai area.

Six bed Family Bungalows, with three en-suite bedrooms each. One room is loft situated, and has its own patio. Kitchen/dining/bar areas are open plan in all the units, and living rooms have limited channel DSTV. A patio/braai area is also located on the bottom floor.

Activities and Facilities

Punda Maria Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks.

The Paradise Flycatcher camp walk and Thulamela Archaeological Trail are additional activities available in the camp area, with the latter being located about fifty kilometres outside of the camp. 

Facilities at the camp include activity information at the reception area, public telephones, post box, restaurant, cafeteria, shops, laundromat, filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, swimming pool, basic on-site first-aid assistance, cutlery and plate hampers available from reception, limited DSTV televisions in the family bungalows only and a day visitor picnic area in the camp. Cell phone reception.

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Rates & Pricing

Campsite (CK6)(no power)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
104
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
52
ZAR
Campsite (CK6P)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
104
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
52
ZAR
Bungalow (BG2)(communal kitchen)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Safari Tent (ST2, ST2Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
2
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Bungalow (BD3)
Num. people incl in base rate:
2
Max. number of people in the unit:
3
Rate per extra adult:
300
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
150
ZAR
Russel Cottage
Num. people incl in base rate:
4
Max. number of people in the unit:
4
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR
Family Cottage (FU6, FU6Z)
Num. people incl in base rate:
6
Max. number of people in the unit:
6
Rate per extra adult:
0
ZAR
Rate per extra child:
0
ZAR

Please note the pricing above excludes the following:

  • Entry/conservation fees (payable on arrival at your destination)
  • Transport, transfers and flights
  • Late arrival transfer fee (if applicable for your destination)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Safari Game Drives (unless indicated on your itinerary)
  • Baby cot/bed

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What our guests have said about this accommodation

Mariaan Terblanche
Hallo dis baie lekke daar Wil net vra dat hul die tente opknap seile baie los as die wind waai En die riool is skoon gemaak maar nie met grond bedek so dan is daar n erge reuk Sal weer gaan dankie
Brian Biccard
The food at the restaurant was amazing! the Venison Pie was too tasty! The Game drive with Patrick was very informative and he went out of his way to show us game. Excellent value for money . Can't wait to go again!
Mark Berowski
Very nice, clean place for overnight stay. Friendly Staff, good prices, very comfortable beds. Extremely recommended!
Rudolph van Tonder
Punda Maria was a great camp with friendly staff and the bungalow was amazing.
Mark Lockwood
Bungalow BD2 booked for us was inhabitable due to stench from a blocked sewage drain. We refused to check in and subsequently was upgraded to another bungalow at no extra cost. Really enjoyed our overnight stay.
MARIE-LOUISE VAN NIEKERK
We really enjoyed our stay in the tent 5 and congratulate Bandile and his staff for their helpfulness and courtesy. We thought that we had left our binoculars at Pafuri Picnic spot and Bandile went out of his way to assist us. We are back in the tents just after Christmas.
Stoffel Kriel
We enjoyed our stay although it was very hot. Traffic in this area is a lot less and ideal if you want to rest and get away a bit. We have seen more elephant, buffalo and Nyala than we have ever seen before. A concern is that we went out via Phalaborwa Gate and in the week we have not seen even one Rhino.
Brian Visser
I would just like to make mention a particular staff member. Her name is Julia. I unwittingly left R200.00 in my shirt pocket. Julia did our washing for us , she found the money and returned it to me. She should be commended for her honesty, not without mention to all the other staff members could not fault anyone all happy helpful and extremely polite. I am proud to be a South African.
Tony Da Fonseca
Basic but awesome.
Jolene
What a great stay, so peaceful, friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit!
Musa Mhlongo
Our trip was one of the best memorable ones - priceless and absolute enjoyment. Those bungalows are what I needed to de-connect from the busy urban life. The night felt like a 24hour single night shot without any interruptions from the busy world. In future, I will definitely choose KNP bungalows over a 5-star city hotel.Everything was super and hassle-free, I will always treasure the trip. My home town Giyani is just 70 km from the Punda Maria Gate, but never slept in KNP, I always visited as a day-visitor to the park, but all has changed on how I treasure KNP as an absolute resting destination lately. Big ups guys!!!
carol
Great.
Carol Hall
This was the best accommodation of our two week trip through Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Easy, authentic and comfortable, a model for this type of travel experience
Dave Lucas
Great little camp with friendly and professional staff. The tented camp was more than I expected and made for a trip with new experiences.
JACOBUS A NAUDE
Splendid!
George Tait
Vrou kla oor netheid van amblisie blok. Vir my was die "rustic" weer lekker. Die uitkyk by die watergat natuurlik n wenner. Moet net nie te veel verwag daar noord nie alhoewel elke ou wat die eerste keer Kruger toe gaan dit self moet gaan ondervind
Melanie de Necker
Enjoyable as always. Neat and clean facilities.
James Stanley
The camp was great - overnight we heard lots of lions and elephants. The watering hole with hide was great to sit at night and watch and listen to the animals - we even saw the lions and elephants walking past the site. The drive was great, Patrick was really knowledgeable and explained everything to us - not just about the animals but some of the trees and other wildlife that there are in the parks. This was particularly memorable for us and became a highlight of our trip.
Ussa Rugby
Always a pleasure to visit the the Kruger Park.
DORI MORENO
We had a great stay. Rooms were clean, accommodation good and all facilities excellent.
John Frylinck
Ons hou van die kleiner, stiller kampe. Die water-gat by die kamp is 'n wenner. Ek sal beslis terug gaan.
ANDRE DE LANGE
good
Michael Martin
This camp is set in an ideal spot and very peaceful. Loved the visiting crested guinea-fowl.
WILFRIED LAMPE
Nice camp, enjoyed the tented camp very much. food in restaurant was fine. Nice camp to stay in.
JJJane WalkerJane Walker
The Northern area of Kruger is outstanding, beautiful trees, loads of buffalo, elephant and antelope. Punda Maria camp bungalows were very disappointing, they have not been upgraded for years, they are small and the plumbing was smelly. The restaurant food was very mediocre but extremely expensive for the poor quality! The communal braai area was good and the tented camp looked nice although we did not go into them. The reception service was very good.
STEPHEN PEATE
Great service. Did not use the restaurant. Was very impressed with our tent accommodation.
brett will
1. Online interaction is world class and I would say stands up to the best of international standards 2. Punda Maria, was very enjoyable and game viewing varied and plentiful 3. The infrastructure of the park is very good and maps that can be purchased at camp stores are easy to use and have valuable insights 4. I found the staff to be relatively aloof and at times rather ‘aggressive’, it often felt that they were doing you a favor. This is very different to what I have experienced in the past.
MUIS MILLER
Like the remoteness and quietness. Not many vehicles.
Johann Lerm
Great!
Michael Walsh
The booking of the accom.was very poor from a relations point of view.2hRS. AFTER RECEIVING CONFIRMATION OF MY BOOKING I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL STATING THAT IF I HAD NOT PRODUCED PROOF OF PAYMENT WITHIN THE FOLLOWING 2HRS. MY BOOKING WOULD BE LOST.ALL THIS FROM A PERSON LIVING OUTSIDE OF S.A.The accomadation itself was average and I would go back again.Some suggestions:a)The one bedroom toilet did not work.b)No matches to light a fire or the gas stove and the shop was closed.Its and old camp and needs tender loving care.M.Walsh
Alwyn Prinsloo
The ablution blocks were very clean and neat and always hot water for shower.
Graham Patterson
I had a good trip and stayed at the various Camping Sites. The roads both Tar and Dirt are in very poor condition from all my previous vists as thus able to make this comment, if in normal cars be aware of this especially on the Dirt Roads, I eventually stayed off them and missed a lt of viewing. The camps are getting run down, but the people are good and very helpful. I was disappointed that the camp Sites are not controlled and others take up more space that they are allocated or just used up two Sites and people were forced to miss out, others were obviously taking up two Power Points for Electricity and I had to miss out depite alsing them to unplug one Lead, rude and uncaring but them Kruger should police this aspect. There is a lot of noice in the Camps despite being asked to tone it down, Radios - Generator and boozing into the nights. Another Camping Only site had a couple with visitors and the loud attitude was not appreciated, we are there to the wild life and experice the wild night life, not some afrikaans couple shouting screaming their heads off and not caring when several others asked them quiet down.Over all a good trip despite the poor road attitude in blocking bother sides of the road when they see something of interest and others either cannot get a look in or pass them, another real difficulty.wsould I go again YES YES YES, but be aware and make some plans.
Peter Altherr
We loved the traditional quiet place although offering a superb pool and good camp site
MARIUS BOTHA
My favourite camp. Like the historical old feeling of the camp. The tented camp is very nice even though a bit run down. Food is disappointing - embarrassing, if you take foreign visitors into account. I really hope you are not going to install a Wimpy or other franchise in this camp - just get your restaurant up to scratch!
JAN KOETSIER
Although small a great rest camp to stay at.
Fase
It was my honemoon. I enjoy very much. I even manage to see 8 Lions on one day. The room was clean. I enjoy food. Thanks. Im tying to download my photos but I dont know how?
Stacey-Lee Hercules
The ablution facilities were clean, but concerned when its peak season that the ablution facilities will not be enough for everyone. Also in peak season the electrical points will not be enough for everyone. Also the campsites should be clearly marked so that people do not take the space up of another camper's campsite.
Jozef Kolarovic
Generally we have been happy with our stay in Punda Maria camp. One night we slept in the tent and second night in the bungalow. Both accommodation had been clean and prepared for our stay. The food in the camp is very simple but ok. The stuff was friendly but big problem is with payment. Line usually doesn't work and they ask you for a cash. So we did so and problem started when I wanted to fill the tank of my car. Again line did not work and I was ask for a cash. I did not have enough to fill my car and our last day in the park have been spoiled. I think that people should be warn about this problem and bring a cash for payment.RegardsJozef Kolarovic
Daniela Maurer
Those tents are just unbeatable, we've had the most wonderful time and Buffalo's on our doorstep.
Christo du Plessis
The camp appears a little old and facilities are not comparable with the southern camps but that is to be expected and not a slight on Punda Maria. Not a camp you visit every year, but always worth a visit every now and then!
Clyde Botha
Very Good. Nice family cottage.
Ray Cooper
Poor camp: lack of power and water points. Shop poorly equipped. Not worth more than 2 nights stay.
J Slabbert
Up to expectations except for entry onto the stoep of the bungalow where the roof is quite low - suggest you lower the stoep and build stpes from the stoep into the bungalow
J Slabbert
Up to expectations except for entry onto the stoep of the bungalow where the roof is quite low - suggest you lower the stoep and build stpes from the stoep into the bungalow
John Mcginn
Overall it was a great trip with some great viewing.
Kirsten Ludwig
Staff were very friendly, ablutions exceptionally clean and serviced. Staff were well dressed friendly and energetic despite the heat. Thanks for a comfortable stay.
Steve Bothma
The campsites were clean and neat. The main problem was the extreme noise made by the sun-beetles in the campsite. Although we accept this is a nature park, the excessive amount of sun-beetles that have accumulated in the trees in the camp is a health risk (high pitch well above the 100decibel level). This made it impossible to stay in the camp during the day. This forced us to cancel our second night at the camp site and we managed to get a booking at Tsendze again. Unfortunately they could not refund me for the night at Punda Maria and I had to pay extra for the night at Tsendze.
Gunvor Lundfelt
We love this cosy camp!
MALANIE VAN BILJON
ons het dit baie geniet dankie, almal was vriendelik en die ontvangs by die hek was ook heerlik. ablusieblokke was netjies en skoon gewees net so die opwas plek. al teleurstelling wat daar was was die feit dat die swembad vir n 2de keer nie beskikbaar was nie. die kids wou na n rit gaan swem maar moes telleurgesteld terug kom en se dat die swembad nie in orde was nie. baie dankie verder vir als, dit was heerlik om weer die natuur te geniet.
John Cox
Overall very pleased with our stay and our first experience of tent accommodation was extremely pleasing. Our two criticisms of the camp itself would be :-1) The swimming pool was in a really poor state and should really have been shut as it could well have been a health hazard. We were not the only people to be appalled by it's condition and should you really advertise it's presence if you cannot keep it in a fit state.2) Many people who visit Punda are there for the birdlife and the bird bath is supposed to be an attraction. What a shame it was devoid of any water during our stay, how long would it take to remedy this?On the plus side the restuarant food was excellent and very good value, we really love the area and the peace and quiet it provides.
John Cox
Overall very pleased with our stay and our first experience of tent accommodation was extremely pleasing. Our two criticisms of the camp itself would be :-1) The swimming pool was in a really poor state and should really have been shut as it could well have been a health hazard. We were not the only people to be appalled by it's condition and should you really advertise it's presence if you cannot keep it in a fit state.2) Many people who visit Punda are there for the birdlife and the bird bath is supposed to be an attraction. What a shame it was devoid of any water during our stay, how long would it take to remedy this?On the plus side the restuarant food was excellent and very good value, we really love the area and the peace and quiet it provides.
Gerrie Jansen van Rensburg
On my arrival at reception they did not have an indication on the computer system of my booking. The lady said it is not her problem and she can not help me I must contact the person who had maid the booking. She was totally unprofessional in handling my case. While I was busy trying to contact the agent who made the booking I over hear another problem with a customer for who she maid a wrong booking and then blame him for not checking his detail on the booking. The manager arrived there and solve the problem.
Freddy Nel
No problems - Great
Deryk Morton
The self catering units are very small. The units amount to a tiny hotel room and not a self catering facility. Hence they are very over priced.We did not really enjoy having a unit that opened directly onto the main road through the camp, especially as we were travelling with toddler who wanted to run directly out of the unit. We realised that there is little that can be done about changing the layout of this old camp, but perhaps a warning could be given when guests make a booking. In our case we had told the booking agent that we were travelling with a toddler. A warning might have helped, but preferably he could have tried to book us into one of the back row units not directly on the road. There is a need for some more table or shelf type facilities on which to store and prepare food in the units. The slate ledge available was taken up with bags, food crates and suitcases. Please add more shelves, hooks and rails in the bathrooms for toiletry bags, clean and dirty clothes etcThe communal kitchen needs more than just two 2 plate hot plates. Some oven or microwave facility would be appreciated.More chairs and tables are needed in the communal braai area. The reception staff members were pleasant but not overwhelming in their welcome. We also suspect that the employees were making use of some of the guest facilities
ERROL MARNITZ
It was the most enjoyable and relaxing weekend, thank you
Bill Stephens
Camp Drainage big problem at perimeter. Flash flood nearly entered our tent - I had to dig drainage channels in pouring rain!General day to day maintenance/cleanliness poor.Ablutions inadequate - particularly in school holidays. Also need more frequent cleaning when busy.Garbage bins not emptied daily.
Rinaldo Guelpa
It was our first time up north. We had great weather and a wonderful time. Saw lots of animals and the biggest herd of buffalo (100+).Cant wait to go again!
W Muller
Very nice camp and friendly staff.
Arnold
Well maintained camp.
N Cornish
We stayed in Bungalow 12. The room is very small with inadequate space for dealing with food.However, the rooms are clean, the camp well looked after and we really enjoyed our stay.
N Cornish
We stayed in Bungalow 12. The room is very small with inadequate space for dealing with food.However, the rooms are clean, the camp well looked after and we really enjoyed our stay.
Roger Matthews
Appears to be a well run camp.Air-conditioning was not working in shop & restaurant.Obstructed view points at dams and waterholes.Hide at Punda brilliant.
Debbie van der Plank
This was the most comfortable accommodation. We loved it and will be back. In March after the rains(we pray for rain every day) and again next August. We love the peace of this remote area. It's our favourite place on the planet.
JJ De Villiers
The traffic during all hours of the night is very disturbing. Lots of small dead animals in road in the mornings. It seems like people have access between Pafuri and Punda gates all hours of the night - no control. Very concerned. Also concerned about the numerous waterholes that are empty or not working.
Jill Howitz
All the camps we stayed at were really nice, but I do have to mention Skukuza - that was awful, terrible actually, so disappointing. We never did get a camp site, and none with electricity (which we paid for). It was crowded and cramped, we just parked our camper on the sidewalk next to a camp, we left a night earlier than we should have. The restaurant (tree) was one of the worst meals I have ever had, honestly it should never have been served like that, the chef should be 'in trouble' for that meal. Sweet potato glassy and cold, lamb cutlets very underdone, no butternut (as on the menu)- overall dry and un-edible. for the price it was really a ripoff, there were a number of people complaining, for the beautiful venue it really should be upgraded. The waiters, though very friendly were terribly unsuited for the job. The shop there was great. I will never go back to Skukuza again. The rest of the park was wonderful - Punda my favourite. Thank you
Arnoldus Schoombee
will definitely go back to this camping site. It was very good, but just needed more ablution blocks.
Sumari Haasbroek
It was a wonderful time, however we had a power outage for almost 3/4 of an hour, with no provision in terms of candles or alternative lights in the chalets. The roof of the chalets at the entrance is unpractical, as well as the parking space. The bedspreads were very dirty, but the sheets were fine. Over-all it was very nice, except for the few hick-ups.
Anet Korff
Staff was very helpful and friendly. Everything was clean and no shortage of toilet paper in the ablusions.I had a lovely stay - will defnitely come again.Thanks!!
ann sears
Chalets with out a kitchenette is awful. They do have space to put in a shelf with microwave etc. A portable braai opposite the chalet would be great.
Dr L S Kowalski
The further from Skukuza, the better... Magical Crooks' Corner, the baobabs, good people among the visitors, good people among the staff, excellent night drive. Lots of rare animals - e.g. a caracal on a night drive. Very, very good. Would be nice to have a greater variety on the restaurant menu - after 4 days, you've eaten almost everything edible. But then, it's not about restaurants. Tent great; somewhat chilly early mornings.
Cathryn Davies
It was wonderful to visit the game reserve and see a large amount of animals (if not a large variety). We would definitely recommend the Park as a place to relax and unwind. It's just a pity there aren't as many roads to travel in the northern part of the Park as there are lower down.
R & W Jordaan
Punda Maria:Tented Unit 7:The tent in general the best we have seen! The deck is stunning and we had some awesome evening visits by the genets and bushbaby.Kitchen basin leaks into cupboard as is in desperate need of repairs. The kettle leaks.Tin opener rusted beyond use due to water leak in kitchen basin.Only 3 of each crockery & cutlery, 4 required for 2 people as often more than 1 meal after unit is services.Microwave & toaster noticeably absent again.Monkey proof bin required on patio. In fact all the bins in the unit were not able to close as they are all broken.1 broken light and another missing globe.Extra blankets not in the unit.Braai broken and rusted. Needs to be replaced in it's entirety. Consider webber braais in all tented units.Reception very slow and crowded.We love Kruger and will be back, but felt that the small details were overlooked and the person stocking the unit does not think like a guest. I'm sure we are not the only guest who like toast for breakfast and might braai for 2 days as we will be going on a night drive, and just want to heat up our food when we return.
Deanna Smith
We were very pleased with the accommodations at both locations. The experience was perfect. We commend faculty and staff for the upkeep of the park. Later in our trip we found ourselves visiting a National Park in Kenya which cost twice as much to enter and was not nearly as impressive. There was trash around the picnic areas and we found ourselves missing Kruger! We'll be back!!
Deanna Smith
We were very pleased with the accommodations at both locations. The experience was perfect. We commend faculty and staff for the upkeep of the park. Later in our trip we found ourselves visiting a National Park in Kenya which cost twice as much to enter and was not nearly as impressive. There was trash around the picnic areas and we found ourselves missing Kruger! We'll be back!!
Amanda Futter
Well done a relatively lovely stay at Punda Maria, But I think the bungalows need upgrading and there needs to be more seating around the braai area.
cellier
Our main stay in the Kruger was 3 nights on the Nyalaland Trail which was a wonderful experience. We must commend you on a superb cook, Thomas and two outstanding guides Greg and Job. We were well looked after and were VERY satisfied.
cellier
Our main stay in the Kruger was 3 nights on the Nyalaland Trail which was a wonderful experience. We must commend you on a superb cook, Thomas and two outstanding guides Greg and Job. We were well looked after and were VERY satisfied.
P.W. Koen
1) Ablutions at Punda inadequate .
PROF BIRGIT KUSCHKE
P. W. Koen
The ablution facilities at Punda rest camp are inadequate which results in blockages of sewerage systems . Otherwise it was in order .
FNG Bermudes
Great time indeed and please keep up the good work!
Yoko Jenkin
Our first stay at the tent was very nice. The concept is good and it was comfortable. Staff members are friendly as usual (it is our third stay).Some suggestions:1) Frying pan was not good and would like to have a iron cast frying pan even you keep in your reception and we pay for a deposit.2) it would be nice if we can purchase wild meat in your shop if you cull them.Regards
Yoko Jenkin
Our first stay at the tent was very nice. The concept is good and it was comfortable. Staff members are friendly as usual (it is our third stay).Some suggestions:1) Frying pan was not good and would like to have a iron cast frying pan even you keep in your reception and we pay for a deposit.2) it would be nice if we can purchase wild meat in your shop if you cull them.Regards
Albert Jooste
Facilities neat & clean, roads not congested
Dave Dodd
We had a great time. the only negative is that at most of the camps the taps need new washers! We found that it was extremely difficult to turn off a lot of taps, which in it self as we are not a water rich country, very wasteful! Other wise we loved our time there. Looking forward to returning!!!!!
wilna du toit
It was the 1st time that we slept over in Punda Maria. Was very surprised with the tent-hut It was excellent.Maybe it is just time for new towels. W were only there for one night but the receptionist was clued up and the rest of the time there was nice.
PHILIP CLOETE
We found this to be the best camp in the entire park. Christo the manager was exceptional in his assistance and friendliness and as a result of his professional touch and efficiency in assisting us with a faulty electrical problem in late hours, has made an impact and we will return gladly to this venue! His friendliness in assistance and advice also made an everlasting impression!
PHILIP CLOETE
We found this to be the best camp in the entire park. Christo the manager was exceptional in his assistance and friendliness and as a result of his professional touch and efficiency in assisting us with a faulty electrical problem in late hours, has made an impact and we will return gladly to this venue! His friendliness in assistance and advice also made an everlasting impression!
Jan Koetsier
Although a small camp very well situated, organised and friendly
HP Cordier
Workers in punda speed with vehicles inside camping area making n lot of dust. Other wise exelend
Ina Loots
Camp atmosphere the best.Please do not tamper with the overall ambience there. Trip to Parfuri was unforgettable.
Margaret Anderson
As always a trip to the KNP is a very relaxing affair - on this trip it would have been helpful if we knew in advance that a lot of areas in the North were still closed following the January floods - perhaps some sort of alert could be given out when a booking is made to assist in planning day trips. Otherwise everything was great - Thank you.
Janet Batchelor
The camp is a little disappointing in relation to the other camps, in that the cottages are not seperate and on the verander outside our room we were very squashed with the other visitors. Everything was clean and well kept . Thank you.
Janet Batchelor
The camp is a little disappointing in relation to the other camps, in that the cottages are not seperate and on the verander outside our room we were very squashed with the other visitors. Everything was clean and well kept . Thank you.
Sjoerd Jaasma
When we arrived, we thought that it would be not so nice as other camps. It did look old fashioned...BUT...That was what they wanted. Leave it in the 1935 years style, the year when they built this part of the park. The atmosphere was great and relaxed and the cabins were simple, but renovated and cosy and the airco was quiet!Nice to stay. There is no plates, knifes and so on, but the people at the restaurant were nice and let us borrow their stuff! Come and stay here at least two nights and go to "The garden of Eden", a little more to the north, to do some birdwatching.
Anne Balfour
Our first night in Kruger and we really enjoyed it. We took the circular route from the lodge in the evening and the following early morning and saw animals that we didn't see anywhere else in the park including a group of male then female nyala and sharpe's grysbok.The camp is small and charming. You really have the feel of getting away from it all. We spent a wonderful morning up at Klopperfontein watching elephants playing in the water and a whole host of supporting characters including herds of buffalo, zebra and eland all making their way down for a drink. The birdlife also entertained with a secretary bird flying overhead, 2 fish eagles coming into land and a saddle billed and woolly necked stork catching food that the elephants stirred up. Klopperfontein was certainly a Kruger highlight for us.
Karlien Joubert
Fantastic!!! We really enjoyed every second!!
Eben van Schalkwyk
We came back from Mozambique and decided to sleep over at Punda maria, after two long days of driving we got to the camp and received friendly service from all staff! We also went on a sunset drive and found it very educational ( not the boring facts taken from the how to book) and relaxing. will definitely be going there again!
Michael McLeish
Our drive through Pafuri Gate and down to Punda in the afternoon of our arrival was greeted by a fantastic lightning storm to the north and brilliant sunset from the west. Evening padkos near camp with one hundred snorting, chewing, snarling buff' was another highlight. Punda Maria, set against a vegetation-smothered green hillside, lived up to its reputation as a 'trip back in time', styled in the older and perhaps gentler tradition of the Park. The following morning we were to discover that the Easter Bunny had left us a giant chocolate Elephant (pictured). I'll leave the rest of the trip up to your imagination. Lack of over-eager motorists was noticeable in the northern end as well...
Michael McLeish
Our drive through Pafuri Gate and down to Punda in the afternoon of our arrival was greeted by a fantastic lightning storm to the north and brilliant sunset from the west. Evening padkos near camp with one hundred snorting, chewing, snarling buff' was another highlight. Punda Maria, set against a vegetation-smothered green hillside, lived up to its reputation as a 'trip back in time', styled in the older and perhaps gentler tradition of the Park. The following morning we were to discover that the Easter Bunny had left us a giant chocolate Elephant (pictured). I'll leave the rest of the trip up to your imagination. Lack of over-eager motorists was noticeable in the northern end as well...
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180 reviews
Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
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ZA
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
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ZA
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
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FR
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
CSY
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ZA
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
customer
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AU
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
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CA
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with Safari.com. We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The Safari.com team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks Safari.com, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
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US
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
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US
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
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IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
prinolin
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ZA
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with Safari.com and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
Steven Hopson
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US
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