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Reviewed March 1, 2008

We loved Mpila Camp & highly recommend staying in the safari tents. The camp is beautiful, the accommodations are perfect, and the staff is great.

plus, it's fun to see the warthogs, zebras, etc. roam thru the camp during the day.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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3  Thank mrmr431
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Reviewed December 2, 2007

We stayed in one of the 5 bed lodges at Mpila camp( the only thing available for the two of us--but they did a special price). Lights go at 10ish and it is over to candles or bed. Hyennas cleaned up our barbeque remains outside, and we woke early to the African bush sounds.
We did one of their truck game drives one evening. Ok but preferred our own as the guide, an older chap was more than a bit off hand. You can stay out driving until dark.
We did an early morning walk with a young Zulu guy who was so good as our armed guide. Animals, people, plants everything he was so enthusiastic. Tiring and a bit scarry but great. Don't miss it!
The Lodge was basic , but clean and well protected with window insect nets. Shop is very basic. Hard to put a meal together there. Lucky we had been warned and had brought our own for the first few nights.
The park is nothing like the size of Kruger, and we were short on seeing cats, but overall we saw so much else and the bird life is worth searching for as well. There is a feeling of being so much more relaxed than Kruger-- but watch out they are still wild animals!
On one day we drove to the other camp, Hill Top, and enjoyed lunch there. Hill top is very swish and big compared to Mpini.
We preferred our more basic set up at mpila and would go again.
david and lindy

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank davidandlindy
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Reviewed January 30, 2007

We have a tradition of going away for our wedding anniversary and this year to celebrate our 6th we decided to go to one our favourite areas, Hluhuwe-Umfolozi Park. We(I) decided to try something different so booked a 2 night stay at Mpila's Safari Tent Camp. There was some anxiety from my better half as she had not stayed in a tent before, but as she soon found out, Mpila is no ordinary tent or camping trip!
We entered the Park through Nyalzi Gate around 09:00, as it's the closest entry point from Durban and it's also the closest gate to Mpila Camp. We were welcomed by a number of Cape Vultures flying overhead which really made our day as we are keen birders. Check in at the camp is 14:00 so we had some time to do some game viewing along the way to the camp. The road is tarred all the way from the gate to past the camp. In fact the Park has really good roads that are easily navigable by car. The 4x4 tracks are clearly marked.
Along the way we stopped at the Centenary Centre which is where the Park keeps captured animals for auction. There is also a info centre and craft stall.
Checking in at Mpila was smooth and painless (as usual). The lady explained very clearly to us to keep the tent zipped up at all times, ensure that the fridge and cupboards are locked and not leave food in the open as this would just attract monkeys. So far so good as we are used these sort of pre-cautions. Then the shocker, she politely reminded us to not to leave meat on the braai(barbecue) unattended as the hyneas love to steal the meat, and if any did come into the camp we should just shout at them and they would run off as they are cowards! You should have seen my wife's face! Even tho' she is a nature lover this was a bit much and I thought that I was going to be spending my anniversary alone (with the hyenas). After some reassuring we made our way down to the tent were we truly pleasantly surprised.
The tent is huge and there entire thing is built on stilts. There are two single comfortable beds with a mosquito net above. These were not in the best condition but was adequate. We always use a mosquito repellent in any case. The bathroom is very neat and tidy with a "proper" flush toilet and a good sized shower. There is a gas powered hot water system that works extremely well and you are virtually guaranteed of always having hot water. There is a nicely laid out kitchen with a four plate gas stove, a full sized fridge, all the cutlery and crockery you would need including a quaint enamel kettle! The kitchen and tent are connected by a wooden walkway. Outside the kitchen is a small braai. BTW the shop at Mpila does have braai wood and fire starters.
We went for a drive in the afternoon and we got see some wildlife impala, zebra, giraffe, rhino and lots of birds. It mus tbe noted that you cannot drive in the Park after 7pm.
Back at our camp things were really quite and peaceful, which is what we needed. Later that evening we woken to the sound of a hyena "laughing" outside our tent but we so tired that we both rolled over and went back to sleep!
All told, it was truly a memorable stay and the Safari Tent puts you that much closer to nature yet gives you all the comforts of home!

Stayed: January 2007
8  Thank Pooben&Shailou
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Reviewed January 22, 2007

The tented camp was wonderful.

You get your own little terrace with BBQ, kitchen and bench area all on a raised platform. The bedroom and Bathroom are all covered inside by the tent (very large tent).

At night the lights go off at about 9pm and you are left there listening to the Hyenas as they scavenge around your BBQ area... scary!

Going back in December 07.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ExploreToursPerth
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Reviewed November 2, 2005

Ok,

Our original plan was to go to Krueger park but friends from South Africa (Big thanks to Graham and Philip - it made our holiday!) recommended Hluhluwe-Imfolozi as they said the game was much better. It is a 2 hour drive from Richards Bay or 4-5 hours from Durban.

We booked Mpila camp because it was the only camp that had beds available at short notice on a public holiday weekend. We stayed in a rest hut which was basic, very basic! Everything was very clean though. We had no idea what to expect. There were two single beds and a bunk bed, plus a table and a sink in our hut. Kitchen facilities and bathroom was shared and in a separate hut. The price was extremely cheap though and when you are in such beautiful surroundings, the basic facilities help to add to the 'wilderness' effect, as does the fact the camp has no fence to keep out the wildlife!

You need a hire car for this trip. We turned up with no supplies - very stupid of us, as the camp is too far from the restaurant to drive there for anything but lunch. But we had been warned of this, but thought we knew better. So we had to drive out for half an hour to the local Zulu market, which had ultra limited supplies and looked a little intimidating at first! However we got some canned food and bread and fruit and certainly saw some 'real' South African life. It was an interesting experience to say the least, and we met people who were genuinely delighted to talk to tourists, as it was obviously somewhere non-locals didn't visit often. For those not wanting such an authentic shopping experience, there is supermarket about an hour away.

Back in the camp we used our hire car to explore the park and were immediately impressed with how easy it was to see game from our small Ford. I thought we would have to book expensive trips in jeeps to see animals, but this was not the case. The ranger accompanied jeep tours, to my surprise, were excellent value for money. They are good as a starting point, to familiarize yourself with the animals, but with a map you can see as much exploring the park yourself in your hire car.

By far the best times to see the animals are in the early morning and the evening. During the heat of the day, do as the animals do and rest in the shade. In order to see the most animals you will need to get up at 4.00 - 5.00 am! Believe me, I am NOT a morning person but to see these sights it is well worth it. Also the camp has a generator for electricity which goes off at 10.00pm so you will be getting early nights. Remember to bring a torch!

We also went on a walking safari with an armed ranger. This was a great way to explore off the camps gravel roads if you are reasonably fit. Umfolozi also has a 4 day walking safari but we didn't have time to take this.

Animal-wise we saw loads. Umfolozi is famous for Rhinos and by the end of our stay we were shocked to find we were driving past them without stopping - they are that easy to find! We also saw regularly Giraffes, Buffalo, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Zebra, Wilderbeast, Elephants, Warthogs, Baboons, Impala, Nyala and loads on other Antelope, Lizards and Birds.

In summary the park is excellent for game and has wonderfully dramatic scenery. It has a range of accommodation options but I can only comment on the Mpila camp where I stayed in the rest huts which were basic, but this added to the 'authentic' feel. It was also closer to the less developed part of the camp where most animals were. It is also great value for money, which came as a pleasant surprise to me, who was under the impression that a safari cost an arm and a leg!

I thoroughly recommend the park and the Mpila camp for the excellent wildlife and the remote, quiet surroundings.

21  Thank Ben.London
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