Punda Maria Bushcamp in the Kruger National Park

Punda Maria Restcamp in the Kruger Park is one of a dozen Restcamps in the Kruger National Park. "Restcamps" are larger camps with shops, restaurants and offices. They normally also have other facilities like pools etc.

Punda Maria is the park's northernmost camp and it is the best camp to use if you want to visit the beautiful Pafuri area and the Luvhuvu River.

Being one of the older camps in the Kruger Park, one can still see and live in the buildings that were used in those days.

The waterhole next to the camping area outside the camp is a very busy waterhole and the hide next to it, is a good place to spend some time when in the camp and not out on a gamedrive.

Places to visit in the vicinity are the Klopperfontein area with its dam, its drift and the waterhole, the Luvhuvu River, the Pafuri picnic site, Crook's Corner and the S99 loop around the camp.

The accommodation at Punda consist of campsites, Safari Tents, Bungalows and the 2 family bungalows.

For game drives, walks, bush breakfast and bush braais, enquire at the Punda Maria reception office when you book into the Camp.

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We recommend the following trip to the immediate surroundings of Punda Maria Camp.

Distance 103 km.

Drive Time without stop = 2 hrs 35 minutes

View Map

From Sirheni, follow the road through the gate and through all the twists and turns past the split to the left and carry on for a while until you reach the right turn towards the Rooibosrand (Red Bush Ridge) Dam. This is one of the most beautiful dams in the Kruger Park and one may see a lot of animals and birds here. Large herds of elephant and buffalo frequent the dam. Spend some time here with your binoculars also focused on the opposite side of the dam.

From here, drive back to the split, turn right and a little distance further, to the left towards the Silvervis (Silver fish) Dam. This dam is a smallish one in the Shingwedzi river in a part where there are many trees and one drive through areas where the growth is rather thick. This spot is a very remote spot where one may sit and watch the animals and birds coming and going for a long time - lost in nature.

From here, go back to the place where you turned left and turn left again towards the Tshanga Lookout and Picnic spot. This lookout is also very remote with few tourists visiting here. One may stretch a leg here, climb the little hill and take in the wide view over the Mopani veldt. Look towards the east and try to see the Lebombo range of mountains which forms the border between the Kruger National Park and the Parque Nacional do Limpopo in Mozambique, which now forms a Transfrontier Park with the Kruger, adding thousands of hectares to the grazing areas of the Kruger Park.

from here, depending on the time of day, you may go back to Punda Maria or you can follow one of many roads around this area. To get an idea of what is available, you will need to get an overview of what the Park offers. For that, get our new E-Book we tell you about below.


In order to help people to get to know the Kruger Park better, we wrote a book containing large pictures, short descriptions, GPS Coordinates and travel times of more than 300 waypoints like camps, picnic spots, waterholes, dams, viewpoints and other interesting points along all of the public roads of the Kruger Park

The book is written in the form of a 20-day tour, taking the reader on a virtual tour through the park, giving the reader a rare graphical oversight over the park. Use the many GPS Coordinates to enjoy a pre-visit to the different places on Google Earth to make your virtual tour even more fun!

Although it is possible to follow the routes in 20 days, few people have the time available to travel all the routes described in the book, therefore it will be a good idea to download the book and do the virtual tour and then, after that experience, to design your visit to the Park as well as the trips and places you want to see and experience. .....read more"