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Mpila Camp
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

wow

i love this camp, it is clean safe and well looked after,

their is an abundance of wildlife wakling through the camp and yes, you have to watch your food on the braai.
its a bit sad that the animals have become so attached to taking food from visitors as we where visited by numerous during our stay.

people don't seem to be educated enough on the dangers of some of the animals that walk the camp but it adds to the experience.
this reserve has ample wildlife , although it seems clear that poaching is an issue as thier is very little antelope species

if only the reserve would be protected better from poaching we would have hope for kwa zulu natal nature conservation.

the night drive is a great addition at a cost and the driver was quiet professional and experienced, .


i recommend staying here for a unique experience!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

My husband and I stayed there with my father in two chalets, and we loved it. We wanted to stay in the tents but they were already booked - definitely one to try in future. However the chalets were great too - really clean and the kitchens had lots of useful utensils, etc. Great views from the braai areas in front of the chalets and lots of wildlife passing through. Definitely make sure you braai before dark because hyenas got more brazen after dark and came up to see if there was anything left on the grill.

Great base for game spotting - lots of animals make there way through and around the camp at night and they are still in the area in the morning.

Highly recommended!

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Karen F
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was our first time at Mpila Camp. It definitely was everything we had hoped it to be and most certainly will be one of our favorite times spent in a big 5 reserve. We were fortunate enough to book into the tented accommodation, something we have wanted to do for ages. It certainly gives you that unique bush experience if that's what you are looking for. The tents are well kitted out and very clean and comfortable. We had read all about the regular visits by resident hyenas at night in the camp, and that is exactly what we got. Daunting at first, we watched from our deck how this particular hyena made straight for our braai and with nothing there, came up to our deck to see what else he could find. Somewhat disappointed, he made way for the tent next to us. An hour or so later we also had a family of bush pigs come through the camp, munching on whatever they could find. With the constant movement of game outside our tent and with hyena calls sounding into the early hours of the morning, we were in our element and tried to get a bit of sleep. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. The staff were super friendly and very helpful when needed. We spent all our time in the Umfolizi side of the reserve this time round and were fortunate to see all of the big 5 except for that elusive leopard. This was a very memorable experience and we hope to return again in the near future.

Room Tip: Would definitely recommend the tented accommodation if you are after that unique bush experience.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you are staying in Hluhluwe Umfolozi stay at Mpila instead of at Hilltop. Mpila only has an elephant fence meaning nearly every other kind of animal can (and will) walk through the camp. In our short stay there we saw Kudu, Nyala, Samango Monkeys, Warthogs and Hyena's right on our doorstep. The camp itself is pretty basic and it's self catering but if you really want to feel like you are in the bush this is the place to stay. Everything in our place was clean and well cared for, the staff were all friendly.

Room Tip: Book early if you want to stay in one of the tent. They fill up fast!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank StephanieMcA
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had a big (7 person) house in Mpila camp, with the four of us. The space is good, big kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with toilet,. seperate toilet and seperate shower + handbasin. The furniture is basic and there was nothing to make the cottage cosy. The beds were fine and clean but the kitchen and bathroom not. The kitchen was greasy, there were dirty used towels still hanging in the kitchen, the floor sticks and was slippery due to grease. Also the equipment was not clean. Also the bathtub was not clean, when I opende the tap it began to foam (and I did not add this). The heating of the water is by a open geyser. Therefor we always let the window open for ventilation.
The 7 person cottage includes daily cooking and dishwashing. by a women. We did'nt use this because we did't know so we had allready had our dinner. Unfortnately the fire place was blocked and there is no heating otherwise. In winter it is cold. In the park the electricity is shut off from 22.00-07.00. Herefore are oillamps available.
The game park is great, we have seen rhino's, wild dogs, hyena's, elephants, impala's, etc. The roads are not so good. many putholes.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank fwlp
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed in Mpila Camp for 5 days (self catering cottage) and i filled that we really close to nature.
Park is massive and we were able to see almost everything from big 5 (except leopard :() on our very first day. My husband were so excited to wake up at 5am! in the morning to be first one to see animals, birds and take the best photos.
Park is very well maintained. Same as property. At night we were able to see hyaenas, bush pigs, and many more others come close to your cottage to bag for food (man's fault) but they already use to people giving them food and they did not leave us alone, even we try to ignore them.
I liked the night safari drive, but before you go make sure you take a blanket with you, as it was very cold. And of course your eyes and your camera lens should be very strong to be able to catch something in the dark.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ViviGM_13
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

This review is just as much about the park as the accommodations at Mpila Camp. If you are like us and had only heard of Kruger when first considering visiting a South Africa park, you should really consider this park instead. Amazing wildlife- we saw a pride of 11 lions the first morning, who sat in the shade and stared at us for a good ten minutes (couldn't be a better photo opp). And even better - fewer crowds and more of a chance to have an up-close encounter all to yourself. You can drive the dirt side roads of the park and come across a herd of giraffes, as we did, with no else around. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Staying in the park and doing a ranger tour, or going out on your own, is well worth it as you get the first chance to see animals at dawn before the tour groups have made their way in. (they missed the lions!) Note of caution to anyone staying in the
park however - make sure you allow yourself plenty of extra time to arrive before the gates close. We drove all the way from Johannesburg after a flight from the US, then were turned away initially because we arrived 15 minutes before the gates closed and that wasn't apparently enough time to get to camp! We had to plead our case- not a great way to start the trip.

Once we were in though, we were very impressed with our safari tent (26). It was clean and spacious, and sturdy enough to feel like you had something between you and the howling hyenas at night! Because some not so smart tourists before you have fed the hyenas and monkeys, they are always lurking around waiting for someone to leave a kitchen door open. The monkeys are actually more aggressive than the hyenas, so don't leave food in their sight! All in all we had a wonderful experience and hope we can come back. Do a tour with the rangers both in the van and on the hike- while not the chattiest group, they are knowledgeable and can help spot wildlife.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Emily F
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Address: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Mpila Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve

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