Hilltop Mpila & Nselweni Camps
Hilltop Resort is the pride of the 2 main camps of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Is situated on the edge of a forested hill, and offers fine views of the surrounding bush. It's a three-hour drive north from Durban via the N2
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is a premier, “Big Five” game park; home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Its rich plant-life, grasslands and forests support a wide variety of other game animals, Like the small 5 animals.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park lies in the heart of “old Zululand” and is rich in history dating back to the early Iron Age. The hey-day of the Zulu Kingdom of King Shaka.
The Park contains many historic sites. This fascinating game reserve covers 96 000 ha and is comprised of the Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves. The Corridor Game Reserve, established in 1989, links the two older parks.
The Centenary Centre, is an easy drive from Hilltop, provides guided access to the Game Capture Complex, as well as presenting the visitor with an interpretation centre on game capture and its history on conservation., a community-run craft market and refreshment kiosk.
Activities in Hilltop & Mpila Camps
All drives are scheduled in such a way that they are back in time for meals in our restaurant. The schedule below will be adhered to unless otherwise prearranged.
Game drives are conducted in open viewing vehicles and are a popular tourist attraction in the reserve.
Each drive is approximately 2 - 2.5 hours in duration.
Summer: Starts 05:00 Winter: Starts 17:00
Summer: Starts17:00 Winter: Starts 06:00
Giuded Safari Walks
Game walks are offered on a daily basis and are conducted by a experience guide. Each walk is limited to 8 people only.
Summer: Starts 05:30 (1 November to 28 February)
Winter: Starts 06:00 (1 March to 31 October)
Summer: Starts 15:30 (1 November to 28 February)
Winter: Starts15:00 (1 March to 31 October)
Hluhluwe Game Reserve offers a wide variety of accommodations within the park. The better known accommodation is the Hilltop Camp situated in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. But Mpila Camp Is starting to gain more popularity in the last year.
This type of accommodation is self catering the units are uniquely positioned with stunning views. Within walking distance to the Hilltop Restaurant should you want to have something to eat with once again stunning views. Curio shop and information centre is situated in the main building.
Other accommodation offered in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve includes the following:
Bush Lodge Accommodation:
The Umfolozi or Imfolozi Game Reserve Accommodation includes:
Centrally situated in the Imfolozi section, Mpila Camp commands magnificent views of the Wilderness area.
Twelve single-room thatched rest huts accommodate four people each. This section of the camp is self catering and guests prepare their own food in a central kitchen.
Communal ablution blocks are situated close by. Mpila also has two self-contained 3-bedroomed cottages, each accommodating seven people, with a cook on hand to prepare food supplied by guests.
For smaller groups, there are also six self-catering chalets which accommodate five people each. These have two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and a lounge/dining room.
The Safari Tented Camp at Mpila consists of seven 2-bedded and two 4- bedded units, all with bathroom en-suite. An optional third bed is available in each tent on request.
Each unit has a verandah and is electrified. A fully equipped kitchen and dining area is connected to each tent by a wooden boardwalk. Barbecue facilities are available. These units are self-catering and are serviced daily.
Petrol is available, and curios, cool drinks and camera film can be purchased from the Mpila Camp Shop, but no provisions or restaurant facilities are provided.
Mtwazi Lodge is a beautiful thatched house set in a magnificent garden which was once the home of the original warden of the reserve. Now a comfortable eight bedded lodge comprising three bedrooms each with its own private bathroom and an annex bedroom with its own shower and toilet. Mtwazi is a self-catering facility.
Muntulu and Munywaneni are up-market bush lodges comprising four separate en suite bedrooms with secluded verandahs overlooking the Hluhluwe River. There is also a central viewing lounge and kitchen complex. The bush lodges provide complete privacy and can house up to eight people. A cook/caretaker is in attendance and a field ranger is available to take visitors on walks.
Nselweni Bush Camp
Elevated on a terrace overlooking the Black Mfolozi River, this bush lodge is situated in the heart of the park and provides excellent opportunities for walks into a part of Imfolozi that most people never see. The lodge is situated in a well grown stand of umThombothi trees in a park like setting with the grass grazed short by the resident group of white rhino.
The view from the deck stretches down across the Black Mfolozi River where crocodiles and hippos occur and as you sip your early morning coffee or gather for sundowners in the evening you can see a variety of animals make their way out of the surrounding bush to drink cautiously from the edge of the river.
Four two bed units with en-suite shower and toilet are linked by wooden walkways to a central living area. Visitors' needs are attended to by staff who cook and clean and a field ranger who, on request, takes visitors on walks through the african bush. Visitors must bring food for the meals they want and the drinks of their choice.
Our cooks can produce a variety of tasty meals to suit the bush lodge life style. Limited supplies of food and drink can be purchased at the shop at Mpila Camp which is a half hours drive away. Bush camps and lodges only cater for one party at a time so for the period of your stay it becomes your home in the african bush. Umfolozi is a malaria area so suitable precautions must be taken.
Gqoyeni Bush Lodge
Elevated on a peninsula overlooking the confluence of the Black Mfolozi River and the Gqoyeni Stream, this bush lodge offers excellent game viewing opportunities in an ideal setting.The lounge offers uninterupted views of the sand banks and reed beds of the river which is a favourite drinking spot for family groups of elephants where youngsters mock battle and play in the sand and water of this "beach".
Lone buffalo bulls "dagga boys" appear and disappear into the thick reed beds and on cold mornings lions lie out on the sand to bask in the warm sun. The four two bed units, each with a shower and toilet en-suite, are linked with the lounge and dining area by wooden boardwalks. Visitors needs are attended to by staff who cook and clean and a field ranger who, on request, takes visitors on walks through the african bush. Visitors must bring food for the meals they want and the drinks of their choice. Our cooks can produce a variety of tasty meals to suit the bush lodge life style. Limited supplies of food and drink can be purchased at the shop at Mpila Camp which is a half hours drive away. Bush camps and lodges only cater for one party at a time so for the period of your stay it becomes your home on the edge of an african river. Umfolozi is a malaria area so suitable precautions must be taken.
Masinda Lodge is a self-catering lodge situated in the northern section of the Imfolozi Game Reserve and commands panoramic views over the bushveld and rocky ridges to the south. Renowned for its rich and diverse wildlife, the park teems with a wide variety of fascinating fauna and flora including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, blue wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, warthog and over 300 bird species.
The roars of lion are often heard at night as guests congregate around the campfire drinking in the unique and magical sounds of the bush!
Masinda has been extensively re-furbished, offering three luxurious en-suite bedrooms featuring a décor rich in African art and craft design reflecting the artistry of the local Zulu people. The services of a cook and an attendant are provided to prepare the food you bring.
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