2 sleeper or family room (2 adults, 2 children)

Air conditioning, Tea and coffee station, Spacious patio, Bar fridge

Our rooms are configured as Twin Single (2 single beds), Double (Queen size bed) or Family rooms (Queen size bed and two single pull-out beds for children under 12 years old). Our rooms are fully air-conditioned, each with a patio overlooking our lush gardens. There are braai (BBQ) facilities on site, a coffee bar / restaurant, secure parking and our units are serviced daily.

Other facilities include:

  • Free Wifi
  • Secure Parking
  • Designated Smoking Areas
  • Airconditioning
  • Patio
  • Workstation

Rooms sleep 2 adults or family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)



Welcome to Punda Maria Gate

Welcome to SleepOver Punda Maria Gate, an idyllic retreat nestled less than 7km from the Punda Maria Gate of the Kruger National Park (KNP), offering a serene and affordable getaway for nature lovers and safari enthusiasts looking for a SleepOver Escape.

Our accommodation provides a perfect blend of safety, comfort, and affordability, with close proximity to the untouched beauty of KNP's northern most section, renowned for its unique botanical beauty and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

Enhance your adventure by combining your stay with SleepOver Moria, an ideal stop en route to SleepOver Punda Maria Gate, allowing you to explore more of what this beautiful region has to offer.

What you can expect

At SleepOver Punda Maria Gate, we are dedicated to ensuring your visit to the Kruger National Park is unforgettable. Our affordable accommodation, coupled with our prime location and excellent facilities, makes us the smart choice for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of one of Africa's most famed wildlife sanctuaries.

SleepOver Punda Maria Gate caters to a variety of travellers with our 30 single units, including family units for 2 adults and 2 children under 12, twin rooms, and queen rooms.

A la Carte Restaurant

Our restaurant offers delicious a la carte meals, perfect for starting or ending your day of adventure.

Electricity and Charging Stations

We provide two electrical outlets for camping fridges and ePowa charging stations for electric vehicles, catering to all your on-the-go needs.


Stay connected with our Wi-Fi service, allowing you to share your experiences with friends and family instantly.

Air Conditioning

Each room is climate-controlled with air conditioning, ensuring your stay is comfortable year-round

Fridge & Coffee Station

Each unit has its own bar fridge and tea and coffee station to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Accessing SleepOver Punda Maria Gate from Johannesburg is straightforward. Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg), link up with the R524 at Makhado (Louis Trichardt), and follow this route for approximately 140km. Budget around 6.5 hours for the journey. Or book a SleepOver En Route to break up the drive and stop at SleepOver Moria overnight, adding only 20 minutes more to your journey.

Our commitment to sustainability is evident in our solar-powered backup electricity system, ensuring uninterrupted power during your stay. Safety and security are paramount, with secure access-controlled perimeter fencing giving you peace of mind.

Situated in the Sandveld region near the KNP Punda Maria Gate, SleepOver Punda Maria Gate serves as an ideal base for exploring the unique plant species and a birding paradise of the area. Wildlife enthusiasts can look forward to seeking out species such as Nyala, Sharpe’s Grysbok, Wild Dog, Zebra, and Crested Guineafowl, along with the iconic Elephant, Lion, and Buffalo.

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Things to do near Punda Maria Gate

Attractions near Punda Maria Gate

Your one-stop gateway to the Kruger National Park! We offer a variety of safaris & tours that promise you an unforgettable experience of the African sights and sounds, with the option to sample local cuisine and include a shopping experience. We pride ourselves on personalised tours, only hosting small groups with a maximum of 10 people per vehicle. For your convenience all tours and transfers can be arranged through our reservations office.

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Mangwa Restaurant, located near Punda Maria Gate, is a culinary oasis offering a delightful dining experience in the midst of the African wilderness. The restaurant specialises in African cuisine, serving dishes that are a fusion of traditional flavors and contemporary cooking techniques. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Mangwa Restaurant provides a menu that captures the essence of South African gastronomy. Guests can enjoy their meals in a relaxed, ambient setting that complements the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

The Nyalaland Wilderness Trail is an exhilarating multi-day walking safari that takes adventurers through some of the most remote and pristine areas of Kruger National Park, accessible from the Punda Maria Gate. Led by experienced guides, participants embark on a journey through diverse ecosystems, encountering a wide array of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. The trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the African bush in its purest form, with nights spent in rustic bush camps under the stars.

The Thulamela Archaeological Site, near the Punda Maria Gate, is a significant historical and cultural landmark within the Kruger National Park. This ancient stone-walled site dates back to the late Iron Age, around 500 years ago, and was once the thriving capital of a powerful kingdom. Visitors to Thulamela can explore the remains of this historic settlement, including graves, living areas, and fortifications. Guided tours provide insights into the lives of the people who inhabited this area, their trade networks, and their influence across southern Africa.

The Paradise Flycatcher Camp Walk offers a serene and picturesque hiking experience near the Punda Maria Gate of Kruger National Park. This guided walk takes visitors through lush bushveld and riverine forest, areas renowned for their birdlife, including the elusive and beautiful Paradise Flycatcher. The trail is designed to provide an intimate encounter with the natural environment, allowing hikers to observe wildlife, identify various bird species, and learn about the indigenous flora.

The northern hills near the camp serve as a perfect spot for raptors, especially during the summer when south winds create optimal thermals for these birds to efficiently soar and hunt. This area is home to various eagles, including the Martial, Tawny, African Hawk-Eagle, Bateleur, and Brown Snake-Eagles, alongside seasonal visitors like the Wahlberg's, Steppe, and Lesser Spotted Eagles, and the Yellow-billed Kite, with the Eurasian Hobby making rare appearances. The Punda region also hosts African Harrier-Hawks, Lanner Falcons, and African Goshawks, with the Lappet-faced Vulture being a highlight due to its dense breeding colony in the Umbrella Thorn Acacia trees in the Hlamalala N'washitshumbi flatlands.

Grey-headed Parrots, nearing their southern range limit, can often be seen in the Ebony Jackal-berry trees along the road to Punda Camp, with less than 1,000 birds in the south and concentrated mostly in the Punda and Pafuri areas. The Brown-headed Parrot, now mostly confined to Kruger and considered under threat, has an estimated population of 2,500. Other birds like the African Cuckoo, Eurasian Golden Oriole, White-rumped and Little Swifts, and the Red-breasted Swallow, which breeds locally in summer, may also be spotted near Punda Camp.