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About iMfolozi Wilderness Trails

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About the iMfolozi Wilderness trails:

Within the boundaries of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, and for the greater part lying wedged between the White and Black Mfolozi Rivers, lays the “jewel” in the crown of South Africa's wilderness areas. The wilderness area covers some 30 000 hectares of iMfolozi's total area of 66 000 hectares.

All Hluhluwe-iMfolozi wilderness trails start at Mpila Resort.

It is important to have the correct perspective when embarking on a trail. Although there is the opportunity of seeing the Big Five in iMfolozi, this is not the main aim of a trail.

The focus of these trails is to introduce the trailists to the concept of Wilderness; its ethic, philosophy, principles and values.

We aim to facilitate an experience that embraces some of the fundamental values of Wilderness; solitude, timelessness, freedom from a world where human is in control, and a place where the sounds and ways of nature pervade.

Camping follows a very strict 'minimum impact - no trace' ethic, in line with wilderness principles.

Trails 1

 Trails Primitive

 

This is a more primitive wilderness trail, aimed at the outdoors enthusiast who would like to combine a wilderness experience with backpacking and sleeping out under the stars.

All four nights are spent out in the bush (no set camp). The Trails Officer will choose a site for the overnight camp. Camping follows a very strict 'minimum impact - no trace' ethic, in line with wilderness principles.

The trail is fully catered - all equipment, bedding and food are provided. Trailists are required to assist with food preparation and camp setup.

The Ethos
The ethos of the trail aims to facilitate an experience of living basically, with a minimum of sophistication in equipment and food. Water is collected from springs or rivers in the wilderness area, and bathing is done in the river wherever possible. A very important part of the trail is spending time alone on watch at the fire at night.

Timing
Primitive trails are run from early February to late November and take a minimum of 6 trailists at any time.

Trails 3

Availability of trails: updated

Date: Spaces Available
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Trails Basecamp

 

Trails 4

All three nights are spent at Mndindini Trails camp where trailists are housed in 3m x 3m tents with two beds to a tent.

The following two days will be spent walking in the Wilderness Area. Guests depart after breakfast, carrying only a daypack each containing their personal effects, water and lunch.

The trail party will cover and approximate distance of between 7 and 14km per day so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

River crossings are sometimes necessary during the walks. The daily routine is dependant on the time of year and guides' style of trail and the overall fitness of the group.

Timing
Base Camp trails are run from early February to mid December, and take a minimum of 4 trailists at any one time.

 Availability of trails:

Date: Spaces Available
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Trails Short

This trail starts and ends at Mpila Resort. Trailists will need to drop their bags at Mpila camp by 4pm the day before the trail, should the trailists be overnighting at Mpila the night before, and they wish to have their bags carried to the wilderness camp in "Donkey Bags", which are then carried to the camp by the donkeys.

This trail is fully catered, and all food will be transported into the wilderness trails camp on donkeys, but trailists will be expected to carry a daypack containing their personal affects, water and lunch.

The distance walked on the first day is approximately 7 km. The average distance covered on the second and third days can be up to 15 km, but is flexible depending on various factors.

This trail is by no means an endurance test, but a fair level of fitness will ensure greater enjoyment.

Timing
Short Wilderness trails are run from early February to early December, and depart on Fridays and Sundays, and take a minimum of 4 trailists at any one time.

Trails 5

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 Trails Extend

Trails 6

This trail starts and ends at Mpila Resort.

This trail is fully catered, and all food will be transported into the wilderness trails camp on donkeys.
Trailists walk the approximate 7 km in to the Wilderness Satellite Camp where they will spend the following three nights in dome tents, sleeping 2 mattresses per tent.

Trailists walk back to the Mdindini Base Camp on the fourth day, carrying only their personal affects and lunch.

The distance walked on the first day is approximately 7 km. The average distance covered on the second and third days can be up to 15 km, but is flexible depending on various factors.

This trail is by no means an endurance test, but a fair level of fitness will ensure greater enjoyment.

Timing
Extended Short Wilderness trails are run from Mid February to early December, and depart on Tuesdays, and take a minimum of 4 trailists at any one time.

Availability of trails:

Date: Spaces Available
16 Feb TBC
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Trails Bush

The Explorer Trail combines the best of two great trails; the most comfortable ‘Base Camp’ trail and the adventurous ‘Primitive’ trail. This trail is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts who want to combine a wilderness experience with backpacking and sleeping under the stars.

Arrive at Mpila Resort reception by 13h00 for checking and starting the trail by 14h00. On trail it is advisable that everyone leaves their watches and cellphones behind to experience greater freedom from time and deadline constraints. Small camps are set up at night, with trailists sleeping under the stars around a small fire after enjoying a meal prepared by the trails guide and an assistant. A lightweight rain shelter is provided in case of bad weather.

Walking distances are not excessive as all necessary equipment is carried. Backpacks are on occasion left at the campsite and day walks then taken to explore the wilderness area.

Timing:
Explorer trails are conducted from mid-February to the end of November and take a minimum of 4 trailists.

Trails 7

Availability of trails: updated

Date: Spaces Available
20 Feb TBC
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INFORMATION RELEVANT TO ALL OF THE IMFOLOZI TRAILS TRANSPORT

All trailists are expected to get themselves to and from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park by means of their own transport. The closest public transport ends at Empangeni, approximately 100 km from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

MALARIA WARNING

All of our trails take place within the malaria belt and thus participants are advised to take precautions as a matter of routine.

LOCATION

The game reserve is located 270 km north of Durban, north of Empangeni and Richards Bay and inland of Mtubatuba, the nearest town. The most suitable route from the south is the N2. Cross the bridge over the Mfolozi river on the main North Coast road (N2), and take the iMfolozi Game Reserve turnoff, 3 km north of the Mtubatuba turnoff. From the turn-off the reserve is clearly sign-posted Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. The game reserve is 44 km from this point. Coming from the north, the signboard is opposite the Mtubatuba turn off on the right. Take the tarred Nongoma road for 27 km, before turning off left to the Nyalazi Gate. Follow the signposts to iMfolozi.

 

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