Activities at Punda Maria Rest Camp
Punda Maria Camp is the best place from which to observe Nyala Antelope on a safari in Kruger National Park. Safari activities include an Exclusive Dawn Game Drive and Exclusive Sunset Game Drive. Enjoy excellent bird watching opportunities.
A trip to Pafuri will produce plenty of Nyala and Impala, and possibly some Bushbuck on your suggested itinerary in Kruger National Park. Vervet monkey and baboon will be seen in abundance and plenty of Hippo and Nile Crocodile in the riverbed itself. Early arrivers on safari in Kruger National Park, heading down Nyala Drive, may well be lucky enough to see bush pig.
Please Note: If you must walk at night please do not do so without a torch.
Game can prove sparse but Kudu, Nyala, Buffalo and Sharpe's Grysbok thrive in this habitat. Wild Dog, Elephant and Lion are also frequently recorded. The Mahonie Loop is also the best venue to see the diminutive Suni Antelope.
In the camp, particularly on the Paradise Flycatcher Trail, yellowbellied and terrestrial bulbul and bearded robin should be looked for while on safari in Kruger National Park. Birding throughout the camp is excellent. Birds of prey are common overhead. Black eagle is sometimes seen, while in winter the whitenecked raven is a regular visitor.
The Mahonie Loop, (the 25 kilometres circular drive around the camp) is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding birding drives. You should give yourself plenty of time to cover the distance and travel with windows down and stop frequently, particularly for calls.
On a good day one could record several of the following 'specials': Whitebreasted cuckooshrike, crowned hornbill, chestnutbellied (greyhooded) kingfisher, crested guineafowl, gorgeous bush shrike, cape parrot, African and European golden oriole (both summer), yellowspotted nicator, stierling's barred warbler and Dickinson's kestrel.
Narina trogon has also been recorded on the loop, but is shy and elusive. On the drive from Punda Maria to Pafuri via the Klopperfontein Dam, rackettailed roller and mashona hyliota have been recorded. This is also one of the best areas to search for yellowbilled oxpecker sightings, when you are on safari in Kruger National Park.
This species was absent in the Kruger National Park for many years, but returned in the 1980s and their numbers are still increasing. Buffalo are the preferred hosts.
5 Things to Seek:
- Sharpe's Grysbok
- Wild Dog
- Crested Guineafowl
The Mangwa (Zebra in Shangaan) Restaurant and Shop is the oldest complex in the Kruger National Park dating from thr 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 hop will cater to your basic needs from Curios to meat, cleaning material, unscheduled medicine, liquor and more, 7 days a week.
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