Short Wilderness Trail

The Short Wilderness Trail is conducted in the iMfolozi wilderness area. This trail is fully catered - bedding, food, backpack and water bottle are provided. Both nights are spent at a satellite camp within the wilderness area.

Tour Code:
Depart From:
Mpila Camp   |   Ending at: Mpila Camp
Departures: Daily (Friday; Sunday)
Duration: 3 Days
Country: South Africa
Type: Safari | Hiking |
Children: Allowed

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Short Wilderness Trail

Short Wilderness Trail

Short Wilderness Trail

Short Wilderness Trail

Short Wilderness Trail

Short Wilderness Trail


Wilderness guides have been leading people of all ages from many nations, walks of life and diverse backgrounds into KZN Imfolozi Wildlife Park for more than 40 years.

On all trails you are accompanied by trained, professional wilderness guides who lead you through the area, helping to ensure your safety and facilitate an holistic experience of Wilderness.

The Imfolozi Wilderness is a so called 'Big Five' area, and there is always a chance of walking into a black rhino, buffalo or elephant, along with many other species. Trailists have seen wild dog on foot, leopard, cheetah and lions. Also there is a rich diversity of plants and trees which man can live on, and which are still used extensively in Zulu cultural practices for food and natural medicines.

There are a host of insects and birds, amphibious creatures and reptiles which will fascinate you. Your wilderness guide will help you to understand some of the vast natural and cultural riches of the area and how they interact, and together you will endeavour to discover where we as mankind find our niche in the whole of life.

This is an experience of physical, mental and spiritual refreshment, a time of refocusing one’s life and re-exploring value systems.

Arrival and Registration:
Check in at Mpila Resort reception before 11:00. Please note that your group needs to reach their wilderness camp before dark, and therefore needs to leave Mpila in good time to pack personal gear properly and then walk to the overnight camp. The Trails Officer and Field Guide will meet trailists at 11:45 on the first day of the trail at the Mpila Resort reception. It is essential for trailists to be punctual as once the group leaves the Mdindini Trails Base Camp for their wilderness camp any latecomers will not be accommodated. It is thus essential to make adequate provision for traveling
time between your point of departure and Mpila Resort. The driving time between Johannesburg and Mpila Resort is approximately seven hours. Durban to Mpila is approximately four hours.

Equipment Provided by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife:
• All food, tea, coffee, cold drinks
• Water bottles
• All bedding
• Towel
• All daypacks
• First Aid kit

Recommended Items to Be Brought by Each Trailist:
• 3 dull-coloured shirts/blouses
• 3 changes of underwear
• 3 pairs shorts or the equivalent
• 1 pair of jeans
• 1 tracksuit
• 1 hat
• 1 pair of pyjamas (optional)
• 1 light raincoat
• 1 swimming costume (optional)
• 1 warm bush jacket or jersey
• 1 pair of comfortable boots or the equivalent
• 1 pair of sandals or the equivalent (for around the camp)
• Torch with spare batteries
• Sun protection cream
• Toiletries, including biodegradable soap, Insect repellant
• Binoculars, camera and bird identification book (optional)

Bayticol (from your pharmacy) is recommended, as ticks can be a problem at certain times of the year. Remember that Zululand winters are cold, with temperatures dropping significantly at night, whilst the summer temperatures can rise significantly by midday.

The trail is fully catered and trailists will be provided with three meals per day, starting with supper on the day of arrival and concluding with lunch on the day of departure.

Meals are tasty, simple but nutritious and quantities provided should satisfy most appetites. The menus have been developed with input from previous trailists, and we welcome any comments.

If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary requirements, please notify the Trails Consultant when making you booking and this information will be sent to the Trails Manager who will appropriate make arrangements, where possible. People with any special requirements may of course bring their own food and every assistance will be given to prepare it. Regrettably, there can be no reduction in the cost of the trail.

Alcoholic Drinks:
A little alcohol may be brought into the wilderness area, however no excessive drinking will be allowed for reasons of safety, and to avoid detracting from the wilderness ethic, which involves quietly blending in with the environment. A good guideline is to keep within the legal alcohol limit for driving a vehicle. Should trailists insist on excessive drinking, the walks will proceed no further than one kilometre from the base camp or wilderness camp, depending on the trail. Remember that you are
required to carry your own personal drinks and snacks!

In order to maintain the wilderness ethic and character, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife wilderness trail facilities remain as simple as possible.

Please note that with regard to the short and extended short trails, if an entire trail is booked out by one group, and if other trail bookings allow for it, the group may book two consecutive trails to allow for a custom-made, longer trail of either four or five nights, depending on the combination.

All trailists are required to provide their own transport arrangements to and from the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife cannot assist in this regard.

All our wilderness trails take place in areas where there is a risk of contracting malaria. Participants are advised to take anti-malaria precautions as a matter of course. Please consult a medical practitioner in this regard.

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is located 270 km north of Durban, past Empangeni and Richards Bay and inland of Mtubatuba, the nearest town. The route is clearly signposted. From the north, follow the N2 past the town of Hluhluwe or south from Durban, and take the R618 offramp at the Mtubatuba/Hlabisa turnoff and head towards Hlabisa and Hluhuwe-iMfolozi Park. The Nyalazi Gate of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is 44 km from this point. Once in the Park follow the signs to iMfolozi and Mpila.

There is no maximum age restriction. Trailists do, however, need to be reasonably physically fit. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife reserves the right to turn anyone away from a wilderness trail should the Trails Officer feel that a person is not physically fit/able enough. The minimum age for a child unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian is sixteen (16) years. No child under the age of fourteen (14) years may participate.
(Proof of age may be requested by the Trails Officer.) If this ruling is not adhered to, the underage persons will unfortunately have to be turned away on arrival.

Health & Clothing
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving within 6 days from infected areas.
Vaccination against typhoid is advised.
Malaria risk, predominantly in the malignant falciparum form, exists throughout the year in the low altitude areas (eastern part) of the Limpopo Province, eastern part of Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and northeastern KwaZulu/Natal as far south as the Tugela River. The risk is highest from October to May.
Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the north and east. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water - swimming pools which are chlorinated and maintained are safe.

South Africa’s climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are usually mild, although snow falls on the mountain ranges of the Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Natal and occasionally in lower-lying areas, when a brief cold spell can be expected throughout the country.

Required clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens and rainwear for summer. Warmer clothes are needed for winter.

Weekend Short Wilderness trails are run from 14 February to 10 December, and
depart on Fridays and Sundays. They are 2 nights and 3 days in duration.

This trail is fully catered, and all food is transported into the wilderness trails camp on donkeys, but trailists are expected to carry a daypack containing their personal affects, water and lunch. Personal items will, however, be transported back from the wilderness on the donkeys at the end of the trail.

Guests who overnight at Mpila Resort the night before the trail, may organize to have the bulk of their personal belongings carried into the wilderness camp in “donkey bags”, (available from Mpila Resort reception) which are then carried to the wilderness camp by the donkeys. These bags must be dropped off at Mpila Resort reception by 16:00 the day before the trail. (Please note if you will be staying overnight outside the Park that the gate times are 06:00 to 18:00). Gate times are strictly enforced.

Trailists are required to book in at Mpila Resort by 11:00 as the trail begins at 12:00 on the first day. Trailists will be met by the trails staff and given a trails briefing. After their bags have been packed, trailists walk the approximate seven kilometres to the wilderness camp where they will spend the following two nights. These camps offer dome tents with two mattresses in each. The camp has no ablution facilities apart from the traditional shower bucket of warm water, hung in a tree. A spade, toilet paper and matches serve as a toilet.

Trailists walk back to Mndindini Base Camp on the third day, carrying only their personal affects and snack. The trail ends at 10:30.
The distance walked on the first day is approximately seven kilometres. The average distance covered on the second and third days can be up to 15 km, but is flexible depending on conditions. Trailists carry all their personal equipment on the first day. On the second and third days they carry only a light pack containing their picnic lunches and water bottles.

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

Participants are requested to wear suitably coloured clothing that blends with the surroundings. The best colours are khaki and green. Inappropriate colours are white, red, yellow, orange and pink. In general, dark colours are preferable to light colours.

Trails Officers and Field Guides, who are all highly trained and experienced, guide each iMfolozi Wilderness trail. Both are trained and competent in the use of the rifles they carry, and your safety is their primary focus on trail. It is essential that trailists obey any instruction from either one of them.

Remember that Zululand winters can be cold, with temperatures dropping significantly at night, whilst the summer temperatures can rise appreciably by midday, and sudden rain can be a factor.

As ticks can be a problem at certain times of the year, trailists are advised to purchase "Bayticol" a highly effective tick deterrent, from their pharmacy. It is also usually available from the Mpila reception. Trailists are advised to bring gaiters, which serve as an effective deterrent from ticks as well as thorns (available from any hiking shop).

Short Wilderness Trail Valid: 2015-11-01 to 2017-10-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 3360.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR N/A Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Short Wilderness Trail Valid: 2017-11-01 to 2018-10-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 2965.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 2965.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Tour Include
• Guides
• Accommodation
• All food, tea, coffee, cold drinks
• Water bottles
• All bedding
• Towel
• All daypacks
• First Aid kit

Tour Exclude
• Conservation levy of ZAR 220.00 / person / day.
• Items of a personal nature
• Transport to Mpila camp

Terms & Conditions
Cancellations more than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% cancellation fee or minimum R100 fee.
Cancellation within 44 to 30 days of arrival = 25% cancellation fee
Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% cancellation fee
Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% cancellation fee.

Short Wilderness Trail Reviews

Reviewed by Leonard Schokker on over a year ago
We had a great time. Guides were very knowledgeable. We did however feel that the first day's walk to the camp could have been somewhat longer. All in all we would like to thank Ian and Iander for a memorable experience.
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Reviewed by Lisa Gaw on over a year ago
The experience was wonderful. My husband and our friend enjoyed it immensely. Our guides were very professional and the camp site was very accommodating all things considering. The days got very hot even now at the beginning of the winter season. For sure sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats are a must. Thanks for your help and Ms. Horne's help with our trip- we appreciate it!
Rating: 5 Star Rating

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