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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Another stunning time in the Umfolozi, but the tented camp at Mpila desperately needs proper maintenance, kitchen cupboards falling off their hinges, monkey chains on doors and cupboards broken tent zips broken. Come on KZN wildlife such a beautiful place but in danger of going to ruin. The shop a disgrace too, fridges broken not working no water....

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Reviewed 21 December 2015

We had booked to stay 3 nights in a safari tent. We checked out after the second night because we found we were just too bored. The tent was fine, although not exactly secure (especially the bathroom in which we found a massive spider) but the kitchen was fully equipped. We had a bit of a scare with some aggressive...

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Thank Yael R
Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

I stayed here recently with a couple of friends. Did a view game drives in our Oren vehicle. Although it was very dry due to the severe drought in the area, we saw many amazing animals. The hides they have there was also an unforgettable experience in getting to see animals so up close in their natural habitat.

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Our family stayed in a five sleeper self catering unit for three days / two nights over a weekend. The unit is very comfortable, clean and serviced daily with all the basics, great bathroom, gas stove, lounge, fridge etc. Excellent location in the iMfolozi reserve with amazing views over the valley. We had bush pigs, impala, vervet monkeys and nyala...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Hlulhluwe-Imfolozi is a special place. My wife went there every school holiday for years. The legacy of Dr Ian Player & the conservation efforts spurred my interest in nature conservation. It was real bush & real conservation.... The reserve now is still real bush, but as for conservation... I don't know who the section rangers are, but they are probably...

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Pretoria
Reviewed 7 November 2015

We stayed 3 nights in a 2-bed chalet. The room is spacious with a nice veranda. The shower is also big. As the camp has only a fency to keep the elephants out, we could watch quite a lot of game like impala, nyala, kudu, warthog, bushbuck, vervet monkeys (very cheeky). The "resident" hyena also paid us a visit while...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Compared to Kruger camps, Mpila is run very poorly. The list of issues is lengthy, including: - Unprofessional, rude management - Ancient sunken mattresses which gave us severe back pain - Chalets squeezed together with no privacy - people peeking in your windows - Poorly designed brai that's a major fire hazard - Bathroom fixtures in poor repair - Poorly...

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 November 2015

Absolutely awesome, large comfortable clean tents well kept in a fantastic setting. Loads to see in the game reserve.Best place to stay if you want entertaining by the vervets by day and make sure you lock everything away from them and take extra steak for the hyenas at night. Very private just a great experience.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 16 October 2015

This was my second time staying at Mpila, but my first time staying in the 5 sleeper Chalet. It was beautifully appointed with everything you need. It was neat and clean. The Chalet consists of a kitchen with an Oven and Fridge, a dining area, lounge, one bathroom, one toilet and 2 bedrooms, 1 room has 2 beds and the...

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Mid Illovo
Reviewed 10 October 2015

We were fortunate to get a very last minute booking at Mpila and I have to admit I was a little concerned it would not be up to scratch (there has been so much negative press around) - wow was I wrong! The staff at reception were warm and welcoming (it was 45 degrees) and never lost their happy attitude...

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Address: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Mpila Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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“Stay outside the camp and travel in each day (free entrance with Wild Card)”
 of 5 bubbles MadandyB, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Safari tents have best wildlife experience.”
 of 5 bubbles riaanbisschoff1976, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Safari tents is our favourite - especially at the lower end of the camp”
 of 5 bubbles 242nadiner, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We prefer staying at the Safari Tents.”
 of 5 bubbles antstadler, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Tent 29 was great - apparently 36 is also a good option - although all seem well-situated”
 of 5 bubbles Bedindin, 29 Aug 2016 | Read review
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