IMFOLOZI WILDERNESS TRAILS
The Primitive Trail
The Base Camp Trail
The Short Wilderness Trail
The Extended Short Wilderness Trail
The Explorer Trail

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uKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK TRAIL
Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail
   
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ABOUT 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.
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BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES FOR ALL TRAILS

Central Reservations Office, KZN Wildlife, P.O. Box 13069, CASCADES, 3202

Telephone: (033) 845 1067 or 845 1000
Email: trails@kznwildlife.com
Website: www.kznwildlife.com
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CRITERIA FOR WILDERNESS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Wilderness will encompass the characteristics of remoteness and primitiveness found in undeveloped areas.
Facilities for visitors will be limited and of a primitive nature.
It must be of sufficient size to protect the wilderness character and to provide the wilderness experience.
Preservation of the natural environment and wilderness character will be the highest management priority.
In order to maintain the wilderness ethics and character, our facilities are restricted to the minimum limits of sophistication.
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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 1st March to 15th November and take a maximum of 8 trailists at any time.
   
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 an approximate distance of between 7 and 14 km per day and a reasonable degree of fitness is required.

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

On the final day trailists will do a morning walk, returning to Mndindini for a late breakfast.

Timing
Base camp trails are run from 20th March to 15th December and take groups of 8 trailists at a time.
   
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, 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 14th February to 10th December, and depart on Fridays and Sundays.
   
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 Mpila 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 14th February to 10th December, and depart on Tuesdays.
   
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 maximum of eight trailists.
   
Overview
The Giant’s Cup trail starts along the Sani Pass Road and is separate and different from the trails above.

The Drakensberg is one of South Africa's most beautiful mountain ranges.

The Giant's Cup Trail is a 5-day walk, and is 60km in length. It is normally completed in 5 days, staying in 4 different mountain huts and is an ideal hike for beginners.

The Giants Cup Trail runs along the foothills of the southern Drakensberg from Sani Pass to Bushman's Nek through 3 different areas: Cobham, Garden Castle and Bushman’s Nek.

The path is clearly marked and a knowledgeable, professional mountain guide is invaluable.

The Trail | Trail Map
The trail has five overnight places – you can stay at Bushman’s Nek hut on the last night or push through the last 1,5km to the end of the trail.

SCHEDULE
Day 1: Sani Pass to Pholela Hut, Cobham – 13.3 km – takes 4.5 hrs to 6 hrs
Day 2: Pholela Hut to Mzimkhulwana Hut, Cobham – 9 km - takes 2.5 hrs
Day 3: Mzimkhulwana Hut to Winterhoek Hut, Garden Castle – 12.2 km – takes 4 hrs
Day 4: Winterhoek Hut to Swiman Hut, Garden Castle – 12.8 km – takes 4.5 hrs
Day 5: Swiman Hut to Bushman’s Nek Hut, Garden Castle – 12 km – takes 4 hrs
 
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Read Scott Ramsay’s fascinating YEAR IN THE WILD articles below.

As part of his year-long expedition covering 31 South African nature reserves, Scott explores the spirit of the wilderness.
The good doctor and his wild patientREAD HERE
Home of the GiantsREAD HERE
Animals RuleREAD HERE
Home of the WildREAD HERE
Barrier of SpearsREAD HERE
The Kings of TembeREAD HERE
“The spirit of the wilderness permeates all of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, but it's on the Primitive Trail that hikers find their true place on this planet.” Scott Ramsay - Animals Rule
 
 
 

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