Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mpila Camp is located in the southern sector of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in what was the uMfolozi Game Reserve, before the Hluhluwe and uMfolozi Game Reserves were joined, by the proclamation and inclusion of the Corridor to make the Park some 93,000 ha in extent.
Mpila Camp is the second largest camp in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park after Hilltop Camp, which is in the Hluhluwe sector. Mpila Camp is strictly a self-catering venue with no restaurant and limited food and drink available from the Mpila camp shop. Built on a hill, with panoramic views over the bushveld, Mpila is well situated for those wishing to visit the uMfolozi part of the Game Reserve which includes the very popular Sontuli Loop on the uMfolozi River.
|Mpila Camp at a Glance
- Maximum Guests – 100
- Number of accommodation units – 34
- 2 x 7 bed Cottages
- 6 x 5 bed Chalets
- 12 x 2 bed Chalets
- 12 x 2 bed Safari tents
- 2 x 4 bed Safari tents
- Children – Yes
- Bathroom – Yes
- Room Fans – Yes
- Hairdryer – No
- Camp fenced – No
- Swimming Pool – No
- Telephone – Mobile phone reception only
- Power – 220v Generator - limited
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Read about our visit to Mpila Camp
The Chalet accommodation is brick under thatch and although not air-conditioned, the rooms are surprisingly cool due to the high ceilings. The tents are located in a grove of Black Monkey-thorn Acacia Burkei and have extra shade protection installed above the tents. The 2 bed Chalets and tents have their own private shower and toilet en suite with each a kitchenette. The 4 bed Safari tents have two tents, each with own bathroom, separated by a deck with kitchen and dining facilities. The 5 bed Chalets have two bedrooms, one bathroom (bath with a shower in the bath), a kitchen, lounge / dining room and veranda. The 7 bed Cottages have three bedrooms, a bathroom (with bath toilet and hand-basin), a separate shower and separate toilet. Then there is a kitchen and large lounge / dining room with a big veranda. The 7 bed Cottages have the services of a caretaker who is able to assist with meal preparation, included in the tariff.
There are limited extra beds available – for an additional guest in a unit – this due to regulating the maximum number of guests at Mpila Camp.
All the units have their own braai (Barbecue) – Care should be taken to not leave the braai unattended, as the Hyena have learned that this is an easy source of food, despite the heat of the fire. Monkeys entering the rooms and even ones vehicle, can be a nuisance.
***Please note that although the water is suitable for bathing and cooking, it is recommended that one does not drink the water and to buy or bring your own supply.
The roads in the Park are tar and gravel with some sections badly rutted and or potholed. Although suitable for the normal sedan cars, care should be exercised.
The Conservation levy is payable at Mpila Camp. You will need your booking reservation reference number at the entrance gate to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and an exit permit on departure. Should you arrive after Mpila Camp reception has closed, the unit allocated to you will be written on a board outside reception against your name. Take up occupation of the room and report to reception in the morning. The rooms do not lock. Most Credit cards are accepted.
Mpila Camp, is where guests staying at the Nselweni Bush Camp also need to check in.
There is a pic-nic site on the Sontuli loop with toilet. There is also a toilet at the Bhejane Hide in the uMfolozi Game Reserve. The Centenary Centre has a take-away, the Rhino Capture interpretation, Capture Bomas and toilets, as well as an extensive craft market.
Should we be unable to secure accommodation for you at Mpila Camp there is the nearby Nselweni Bush Lodge which has 10 x 2 bed Chalets. These are brick under a tent roof. Each has a private shower and toilet en suite and a kitchenette. For larger groups there is a central lounge / dining / kitchen area. Set on the banks of the Black uMfolozi River.
Also in the uMfolozi sector of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park are the two Bush Lodges, also on the Black uMfolozi River. These are booked by one party at a time and sleep a maximum of 8 guests. These are the Gqoyeni and Hlatikhulu Bush Lodges.
Masinda Lodge near the Centenary Centre sleeps 6 in the main house with 2 in an annexe.
Here a caretaker / cook is included in the tariff.
In the Hluhluwe part of the Park there is the Hilltop Camp which has a restaurant, swimming pool and is completely fenced. Here there is self-catering as well as non self-catering accommodation. Mtwazi Lodge, much like Masinda Lodge is also located at Hilltop Camp.
In this northern Hluhluwe sector of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park are another two Bush Lodges, Muntulu and Munyawaneni. These also sleep a maximum of 8 guests. The Bush Lodges have the services of a caretaker / cook as well as a field ranger that will take guests on guided walks included in the tariff.
Should you prefer a private fully hosted and catered for luxury Lodge, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge situated in the Hluhluwe's eastern side is such a luxurious venue with traversing in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
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