Imfolozi's typography consists largely of grassy plains with scattered rocky outcrops and small hills. The reserve has an average elevation of about 900 meters, with the highest peak reaching 1,130 meters, and is a great place to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature. Its typography also provides an opportunity for visitors to gain insight into the complexities of the environment around them.
Spending time in nature never felt as satisfying and idyllic than when visiting the two Sontuli and Mbondwe picnic sites. With picturesque views of wildlife, these reserves offer up unparalleled beauty for family gatherings around comfortable braai stands with access to clean ablution facilities.
iMfolozi Game Reserve is home to two hides that offer an incredible wildlife viewing experience. These hides are the perfect spot to catch sight of some of Africa’s most majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Game viewing hides are best visited during the dry season, from June to October, when animals congregate around water sources and are more visible. The best time of day to visit the hides is between 09:00 - 12:00, so make sure to be patient as it can take several hours for the animals to appear. iMfolozi Game Reserve hides provide visitors with an unforgettable wildlife experience that they won’t soon forget.
Located in the Imfolozi section of the Hluhluwe section of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park, the Centenary Centre is a must-visit for any wildlife enthusiast. Established to mark 100 years since conservation efforts began in this part of South Africa, it provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the history and evolution of conservation in this area. The Centre is home to interactive exhibits that showcase different aspects of wildlife management, research projects and game capture conducted within the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park. Visitors can also watch videos on the region’s diverse birdlife and view displays highlighting some of the most fascinating animal species found in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park. With its unique insight into local ecology and conservation, a visit to the Centenary Centre is sure to be an unforgettable experience! During the game capture season, visitors are able to gain access to the Imfolozi Game Capture Complex thanks to guided tours provided by trained rangers from the Imfolozi Game Reserve. These tours are a great way for visitors to learn about the Imfolozi Game Reserve, as well as its conservation efforts.
When visiting the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park, there are several important precautions to take into account. First and foremost, it is essential for visitors to bring appropriate protective clothing and equipment for the climate and terrain of the park. Sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes are all highly recommended. It is also important to bring plenty of water to keep hydrated and food for sustenance. It is also important not to disturb the environment or leave any trash behind before leaving the park.
Despite being an area of low malaria risk, visitors to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park should still be aware and take appropriate steps to protect themselves. Prior to your trip, speak with a doctor or travel clinic for medical advice on how best you can safeguard against any potential health issues as well as the recommended malarial preventive measures applicable in this region. Additionally, it is advisable that when out at night in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park that insect repellent be used and long-sleeved clothing worn whenever possible.
When visiting the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, please bear in mind that there is an abundance of wild animals including lion, leopard, black and white rhino, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. Whilst these animals are a great joy to behold while in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, all wild animals are unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Therefore, when walking in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve we request that you remain alert and exercise
Located in the southern sector of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Mpila Camp is a self-catering retreat with breathtaking views. Formerly known as the uMfolozi Game Reserve, before its proclamation and consolidation into one park spanning 93,000 hectares including the Corridor to join it with Hilltop camp from the Hluhluwe game reserve. This idyllic venue offers visitors an opportunity for exploration within renowned Sontuli Loop on the uMfiloiz River. With its breathtaking scenery over the wilderness area, Mpila Camp - iMfolozi game reserve is an excellent spot for nature enthusiasts to discover the rich and diverse wildlife of the Hluhluwe imfolozi game reserve.
Mpila Camp Reception
Open 7 days a week, from 07h00 until 18h00.
Mpila Camp Shop
Mpila Camp curio shop and basic supply store is a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs, offering an extensive selection of items like clothes and books, as well as speciality goods such as photographic films, binoculars and cool drinks. Plus – you can pick up everything from ice, wood and charcoal. Open every day between 07h00 - 18h00.
Mpila Camp Filing Station
Enjoy the convenience of a nearby filling station open daily from 7 am - 6 pm. While they cannot repair tires at Mpila Camp, there are options for unleaded petrol with payment through cash or recognized cards.
Check-in: From 14h00 (Mpila Camp Reception)
Check-out: By 10h00 (Mpila Camp Reception)
Mpila camp is not fenced and wild animals do come into camp at night, so be cautious.
At reception, guests are encouraged to record their wildlife sightings of the day using our interactive Sightings Board. Allowing others to benefit from these unique observations is key in resulting in a more enriching experience for all who visit us!
To ensure your safety, please take advantage of the braai stand in its designated areas only. We kindly ask that you refrain from moving it to the verandah or inside any chalet.
Our chalets receive daily servicing until 2pm. To freshen up your towels, simply leave them on the floor and let our staff handle it! Need an extra mattress? Make sure to get in touch with reception before 15h00 for a smooth stay.
To ensure little ones can comfortably rest, our housekeeping team is available to provide baby cots upon request. For convenience, please make arrangements with Mpila Camp reception before 15h00.
Our in-house generator at Mpila Camp provides electricity for our guests from 7am to 10pm every day. For visitors with special medical requirements, we can extend the hours of power supply upon request!
Protect yourself and the monkeys on your vacation at your Mpila accommodation by always keeping chalet doors locked to prevent tempting intrusions! Help us maintain our delicate balance with nature - no food should be left unattended, and all windows must remain closed. Let's keep any fruit or other tasty treats stored away so that everybody can enjoy their stay safe from temptation.
To maintain a clean and inviting environment, we invite you to be especially mindful of any food debris that might attract pests. In particular, please take care not to leave behind oil or sugar which can easily draw in ants!
It is important to bring your own drinking water when visiting Mpila Camp and lodges in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, as bathing and cooking in local water sources may be safe but consuming it can lead to adverse effects.
Visitors to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park can embark on an exciting open vehicle game drive. Each excursion lasts for a thrilling 2 hours. Groups of varying sizes are catered to with 22 or 10-seater capacity — bigger parties just need ask and another vehicle will be made available! Booking's must be made at Mpila Camp reception office.
Game walks depart from Mpila Camp daily and are led by an experienced armed field guide and each walk is limited to eight people and is approximately 2 hours long and are available, in the early morning and late afternoon. Booking's can be made at Mpila Camp reception office.
12 x 2 Bed Self Catering Chalets
6 x 5 Bed Self Catering Chalets
2 x 7 Bed Self Catering Chalets
12 x 2 Bed Self Catering Safari Tented Camp (Safari Tents)
2 x 4 Bed Self Catering Safari Tented Camp (Safari Tents)
Masinda Lodge is the perfect destination for a group of up to six friends or family members looking for a private getaway. This private lodge is located in the Central sector of Imfolozi, Masinda offers magnificent views of the lush bushveld and stunning rocky ridges to the south.
The 8 Bed Gqoyeni Bush Lodge Imfolozi Game Reserve is a unique and beautiful location to experience African wildlife. This private lodge comprises is situated on an elevated peninsula overlooking the confluence of the Black Mfolozi River and the Gqoyeni Stream, guests at the Lodge can enjoy excellent game viewing opportunities in one of South Africa's most spectacular settings.
The Imfolozi Game Reserve is home to the 8 Bed Hlatikhulu Bush Lodge, offering a spectacular terrace setting overlooking the Black Mfolozi River. From here, visitors can take in stunning views of the Imfolozi Wilderness, with sightings of crocodiles and hippos frequently spotted from the deck.
6 x 2-bed chalets - no view - Imfolozi game reserve
2 x 2-bed chalets - semi river view - Imfolozi game reserve
1 x 2-bed chalets - river view - Imfolozi game reserve