Mpila camp is a real bush experience. The camp is unfenced, other than an elephant cable. We stayed in a 5 sleeper chalet. It was well appointed and comfortable as well as spotlessly clean. We loved going outside to the braai area each evening. Two family members in our party hired a safari tent which in my opinion is the best safari tent accommodation I have seen in a non-privatized SA reserve (en-suite bathroom, well appointed kitchen, large deck). While braaing at night outside the chalet, we were suddenly aware that 5 hyenas were watching our cooking pursuits, they were a few metres away! This added to the whole enjoyment of our stay and the following evening they returned. Braai before dark if you are nervous!! Due to there being no fence around the camp, other game comes in and out too. On the downside, Mpila's shop is very poorly stocked (as has always been the case), so make sure you go to Mpila with adequate supplies. We had monkeys go through the chalet while we were out, reason being there was a lounge window with a broken latch, all very easy for primates to figure out! The deck and steps of the safari tent were in dire need of a new coat of varnish too. Please Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, maintain this treasure of a place. On the other hand, the picnic sites in iMfolozi are well placed and well maintained, with excellent toilet facilities including soap and paper towel. Not sure why the hide on Ngotsha Loop is closed, as it has been for some time. Hope that this is not a poor maintenance issue. Can highly recommend the Umbondwe picnic sight. It has the most stunning views and we saw 100+ buffalo down on the river bed.
- Also Known As:
- Mpila Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve