Northern Kruger National Park – Punda Maria
About the Birding
Punda Maria is the northernmost SANParks camp in the Kruger National Park and often serves as the base for birders wanting to visit the incredible Pafuri region of the park. The camp itself is situated on a ridge amongst rolling hills and provides easy access to a number of key habitats in the north of the National Park. The camp itself is excellent for the White-throated Robin-chat, Bearded Scrub-robin, Green-winged Pytilia, Purple-crested Turaco, Terrestrial Brownbul, Violet-backed Starling, Blue Waxbill, Cut-throat Finch, Jameson’s Firefinch, Bearded Woodpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling and the Red-headed Weaver.
About the Birding Site
The Kruger National Park covers 19,685 kilometres and is the 10th largest game reserve in the world. It has 3000 kilometres of road, 23 rest camps and a host of excellent picnic sites, walking trails, 4×4 routes, hides and massive dams. A remarkable new initiative involving the Kruger National Park is the creation of a fence free park that allows animals to migrate freely across national borders. In May 2002, Kruger, Coutada 16 (in Mozambique) and Gonarezhou (in Zimbabwe) formally merged into the 35 000 square kilometre Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, one of the largest game reserves in the world.
Other Related Information
To reach the Punda Maria restcamp in Kruger National Park, take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg). At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140km. That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Punda Maria Rest Camp is 10km 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!