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Hluhluwe Park - Hilltop or Mpila Camp

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Hluhluwe Park - Hilltop or Mpila Camp

Got a group of 11 and cant choose which place to stay in the game reserve any help. thanks

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1. Re: Hluhluwe Park - Hilltop or Mpila Camp

It really depends on what you want. Hilltop is a more upmarket type of camp wereas Mpila is the more Rustic.

If it is anamils that you want to see then you should see more in the Mplia Camp area but having said that you can depend on animals can you!

You should have a great time which ever one you decide to go too.

Have a fantastic time


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We stayed at Hilltop at the end of October this year. The reception we got at the front gate was shocking but that's a whole other story!

The camp itself is lovely and has all facilities you could need. There is a shop with some groceries/touristy stuff/books, and a bar and restaurant that has a patio area with an amazing view over the hills. One day a buffalo wandered up to within metres of the patio so the animals come pretty close!

The chalets themselves are very comfortable - we had a 2 bedroom chalet for the 4 of us. One bedroom had an ensuite with a bath and there was another bathroom with a shower. There was a living area with an open plan kitchen with barstools around the one worktop, and a reasonable sized balcony looking out over the hills. One night a deer came right up to our chalet and curled up under a tree and slept there all night.

One thing I would say about the chalet is that it only locks from the inside, so when you go out on game drives it is left unlocked and the cleaners come in to tidy up (well, I didnt find anything was cleaned, although they did unplug our fridge for some reason!). We took all our valuables with us when we went out.

We saw almost everything except for cats, which was a little disappointing, but we got pretty close to a number of animals including elephant, nyala, hyenas, buffalo, impala, zebra, giraffe and warthogs. There is also a huge amount of birdlife.

We travelled down to Mpila the one day but it is pretty far from Hilltop (when you can only drive slowly and keep stopping to see animals!) and not easily done as there are no toilet facilities about and about the parks (besides the camps themselves and the centenary centre).

Hope this helps!

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We stayed in Mpila camp in July in one of the tented accomodations and loved it. The camp has other types of accomodations as well, but we loved the tents. The tents were quite large, had comfortable beds and complete bathroom facilities with flush toilet and hot showers. The kitchen was fully kitted out and had a refrigerator and gas stove. Having said that, it's not for everyone. The tent accomodations are self-catered, so you have to bring your own food and cook it. You have to keep your refrigerator and food pantry locked at all times because of the monkeys. Even though the tents zip up, monkeys will get in there whenever you leave camp if they smell food. (My daughter had some strawberry-scented shampoo and they tried to bite through the plastic bottle. When they got a taste of it, they dropped it on the floor.) Finally, the electricity to the entire camp is cut off from 10 pm to 6 am. I don't know if this is the same at Hilltop Camp.

Hilltop had a lot more amenities than Mpila Camp did, but it also was much more crowded. Mpila has a small gift shop with limited groceries and a gas station. Hilltop had a large gift shop with more groceries and a full-service restaurant.

It all depends on your preferences for accomodations, amenities (and crowds), but no matter where you stay, you will see lots and lots of animals.

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Just got back yesterday from Mpila, not having been to Hilltop I can't comment on it, but just have to say that we had a brilliant time. While the self catering cottage we stayed in was not luxurious it was perfectly fine and having someone to prepare meals ready for your return from game viewing was an added bonus. What you really go for when you go to Hluhluwe is the game and this we saw in abundance, we headed for the Sontuli loop and were extremely fortunate to see impala, zebra, nyala, elephant, giraffe, wildebees, buffalo, warthog and rhino, all in abundance.....but what really made it special was seeing wild dogs, a leopard(who literally just lay under the bushes while we filmed!!) and a mother cheetah making an baby impala kill to bring back to her four cubs.....really we could have stayed anywhere, it was definitely the game that made it for us!!

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5. Re: Hluhluwe Park - Hilltop or Mpila Camp

There IS a toilet stop at a picnic site roughly a third of the way between Hilltop and Mpila. Some people might find it too rustic, as it is in a reed shelter, but it is a flush toilet.

There are also toilets at the gate (Centenary?).

You can easilt spend 4 nights in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi. why not try 2 nights in each.

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