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.

 

AGE RESTRICTION

There is no maximum age restriction. The trailists do however, need to be physically fit (if the trails officer feels that a person is not physically fit/able enough the person will be turned away upon arrival). Due to EKZN Wildlife's legal policy the minimum age for a child unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian is sixteen years. No child under the age of fourteen years may participate. (Proof of age will be required by the trails officer.) If this ruling is not adhered to the underage persons will unfortunately have to be turned away on arrival.

 

INDEMNITY
Neither the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board nor EKZN Wildlife accepts responsibility for any death, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any person, or theft, or loss of or damage to any property, occurring within or arising from a visit or visits to parks, reserves, or resorts under their management or control, howsoever caused, and whether allegedly due to the negligence of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board/EKZN Wildlife or any of their employees or agents, or arising from the use of any facilities supplied or made available.

All participants will be required to sign an indemnity before they are able to participate in the trail. Minors must arrive with a letter of consent from the parent or legal guardian.

 

CLOTHING
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 better than light colours.

 

TARIFF

The tariff schedule is available on request from the above address. Tariffs are reviewed annually and increases are effected as of 1 November. Bookings made prior to November for trails after the effective date of the tariff increase are still subject to price increases. In the event of this, the excess can be settled on arrival at the designated trail.

 

ENTRY FEES

An entry fee to the reserve concerned will be levied. A Community Levy is also payable on entry as well as on accommodation booked.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

A minimum of four participants (excluding a four night five day Primitive trail which needs six minimum) are required to be booked on a trail in order for the trail to go out as scheduled. If the minimum number of trailists is not met, the trail will be cancelled timeously and the payments made refunded or an arrangement will be made for the trailists to be booked in normal accommodation at Mpila camp or Hilltop camp with game drives and short daily walks included.

Electronic gadgets i.e cellular phones and laptops are not permitted on trails, please make sure you do not carry any of these gadgets, it is an offense and if you found with one you will be taken off the trail.

Should a trailists have a special dietary need, please inform the Trails Consultant when making a booking, this applies to all other trails expect the Primitive trail.

Please note that there will be very short if any walks on a rainy day, because of possible and difficult dangerous encounters.

 

SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE VARIOUS IMFOLOZI TRAILS

IMfolozi Wilderness Trails run five types of trails at a time of publication

The Primitive Trail                                          

The Base Camp Trail                                       

The Short Wilderness Trail                              

The Extended Short Wilderness Trail              

The Explorer Trail

 

Here follows a summary of each of the five trails.

A.    PRIMITIVE TRAIL

B.    GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE TRAIL

C.    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.

The trail is fully catered - all equipment (including first aid kit), bedding and food is provided. (Unfortunately no special diets can be catered for). Trailists are required to assist with food preparation, and camp setup. N.B Please note that there are no ablutions and showers on this trail.

After booking in at Mpila Camp by 09h30, trailists are met by the Wilderness Trails staff who will advise them on how best to pack their backpacks. After a late breakfast and a briefing, trailists set off into the Wilderness area, where they will spend 4 nights and 4 full days, accompanied by a Trails Officer and a Field Guide. The trail ends at Mpila camp 10:00 on the last day.

All four nights are spent out in the bush, in no set up camp, as the Trails Officer will choose a camp site in which you will spend a night at. Camping follows a very strict 'minimum impact - no trace' ethic, which is in line with the wilderness principles.

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. This is where one gets to embrace silence and solitude, qualities that are difficult to find in today's world of fast moving technology.

On trail it’s advisable that everyone leaves their watches and cellular phones behind, and gets to experience the freedom of not being bound by time, and not having to continually meet deadlines and appointments.

Small camps are set up at night, with trailists sleeping under the stars around a small fire, (a lightweight rainshelter is provided for bad weather) after enjoying a meal prepared by the trails officer and an assistant. Distances covered in walking are not excessive, due to the need to carry all equipment. Backpacks are sometimes left at a campsite and day walks taken to explore the wilderness area.

Primitive trails are conducted from about the 20 February to about 20 November and take a maximum of 8 trailists at any time.

The tariff for the primitive trail will be made available upon booking, or by telephoning the bookings office at (033) 8451067.

You are encouraged to make very certain before you book a primitive trail that you know what to expect. A minimum of 6 trailists are required in order for a trail to run.

 

 

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

Report to the Mpila camp office to register, after which you will be directed to the trails officer. It is important to arrive before 10:00 on the date indicated on the reservation voucher, to allow time to pack, walk in and make camp before dark.

 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY KZN WILDLIFE

• First Aid kit

• Water containers

• Toilet trowel, paper etc.

• Food

• Backpack

• Personal Water bottle

• Knife, spoon, cup and plate

• Groundsheet

• Rain shelter (fly sheet)

• Sleeping bag

• Sleeping mat (optional)

• Cooking pots etc.

• Large plastic bag (to put contents of backpack into in case of rain)

 

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BE PROVIDED BY EACH TRAILIST

• 2 dull-coloured shirts/blouses

• 3 changes of underwear

• 2 pairs shorts or the equivalent

• 1 pair of trousers or jeans

• 1 tracksuit

• 1 hat

• 1 swimming costume (optional)

• 1 light raincoat

• 1 warm bush jacket or jersey

• Sun protection cream

• Torch with spare batteries

• Insect repellant

• 1 pair of comfortable boots or the equivalent and 1 pair of sandles for around the camp

• Toiletries, including environment friendly/biodegradable soap

• Binoculars, camera, field guide booklets, notebook etc. (optional)

NB: It is imperative that you wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots, which are well worn in.

Bayticol (from your pharmacy) is recommended as ticks can be a problem at certain times of the year.

Zululand winters are cold, with temperatures dropping significantly at night, whilst the summer temperatures can rise fairly high by midday, and rain can be a factor.

 

CATERING

KZN Wildlife will supply all equipment and provide all meals. You may bring your own equipment as long as it blends into the bush environment. You may bring you own additional snacks and drinks should you feel the necessity.

 

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 trailist insist on excessive drinking this will mean the walks will be no longer than 1 km's from the Base camp and or Satellite camp depending on the trail. 

Remember that you need to carry this yourself for four days.

 

 

 

B. THE BASE CAMP TRAIL GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE TRAIL

Trails are led by a Trails Officer and a Field Ranger whose experience and knowledge of the bush serve to inform the trailists, as well as to ensure their safety. All three nights are spent at Mndindini Trails camp where trailists are housed in 3m x 3m tents with two beds to a tent. There is a shower and toilet with water on tap and a fridge for cold drinks. Trailists' motor vehicles are left here in a safe environment.

After booking in at Mpila camp, trailists are directed to the Mndindini Trails camp where they will be greeted by the Trails Officer, Field Guide and the cook. It is recommended that visitors check in at Mpila camp by 13:00 on the first day so that they can settle in at their leisure, in time to meet the Trails Officer for a briefing at 14:00 at Mndindini Base camp. During the briefing please advise the officer if you would like to go on an afternoon walk or you would like to relax at the camp.

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, led by their officer and guide, will cover an approximate distance of Between 7 and 14 kilometres 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 officer’s' style of trail.

On the final day trailists will do a morning walk, returning to Mndindini for a snack. At this point the trail ends and guests are free to pack up and leave by 11:00.

It is imperative that you wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots, which are well worn in.

Base camp trails are run from about the 20 February to about 15 December and take groups of a maximum of 8 trailists at a time.

 

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

Check-in for Trails will take place at Mpila camp on the first day of the trail. From there trailists may drive around the game reserve or go directly to Mndindini trails base camp to arrive after 14:00, on the date indicated on the reservation voucher. Here they will be welcomed by the trails officer, trails guide and camp cook, and shown to their accommodation.

Trailists may not, under any circumstances, leave the immediate environs of the base camp on foot, unless accompanied by an officer or guide.

 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY KZN WILDLIFE

• All food, tea, coffee and fruit juice

• All cutlery and crockery

• All daypacks

• Water bottles

• All bedding

• Towel

• First Aid kit

 

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BE PROVIDED 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)

• Sun protection cream 

• 1 warm bush jacket or jersey

• Torch with spare batteries

• Insect repellant

• 1 pair of comfortable boots or the equivalent

• 1 pair of sandals or the equivalent (for around the camp)

• Toiletries, including soap (biodegradable)

• Binoculars, camera and bird identification book (optional)

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

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

 

CATERING

Catering is provided in the form of three meals per day, starting with supper on the day of arrival and concluding with lunch on the day of departure. Meals are simple but nutritious and quantities provided should satisfy most appetites. The menus have been developed with input from previous trailists and satisfy the palate of the average person

If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please notify the Trails Consultant when making you booking and info will be sent to the camp whom will try to 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. Unfortunately, there can be no reduction in the cost of the trail.

In addition to all meals, tea, coffee and a cold drink is provided. Fruit and nuts are provided as snacks between meals, however trailists may also bring their own between meal snacks and refreshments.

 

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 trailist insist on excessive drinking this will mean the walks will be no longer than 1 km's from the Base camp.

In order to maintain the wilderness ethic and character, EKZN Wildlife facilities are restricted to the minimum of sophistication.

 

C. THE SHORT WILDERNESS TRAIL GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE TRAIL

Weekend Short Wilderness trails are run from 14th 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 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. Personal items will, however, be transported back from the wilderness on the donkeys at the end of the trail.

Guests who overnight at Mpila Camp the night before the trail, may organize to have the bulk of their personal belongings carried into the Satellite cap by donkey in donkey bags which are made available. These bags must be dropped off at Mpila camp by 16:00 the day before the trail. (Please note if you will be overnight outside of the Park that the gate times are 06h00 to 18h00 no earlier or later)

Trailists are required to book in at Mpila camp by 11:30 for the trail to start at 12h00 on the first day, where they are met by the trails staff and given a trails briefing. After their bags are packed, trailists walk the approximate 7 km in to the Wilderness Satellite Camp where they will spend the following two nights in dome tents with mattresses, sleeping 2 mattresses per tent. The camp has no ablution facilities save for the traditional shower bucket of warm water, set up in a tree, and a spade, toilet paper and matches, which serve for a toilet.

Trailists walk back to Mndindini Base camp on the third day, carrying only their personal affects and Snack. The trail ends at 10h30.

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. 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.

 

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

Report to the Mpila camp office by 12:00 to register. It is important to arrive by 11:30 on the date indicated on the reservation voucher, to allow time to pack, and walk to the trails camp before dark.

Trailists will be met by their trail officer and guide at 11:45 on the first day of the trail at the Mpila camp office. It is essential for trailists to be punctual. The trail departs from Mndindini Base camp 2 km off Mpila camp, and, as the trailist must walk in to the camp and arrive before dark, anyone arriving late will unfortunately be left behind.

Make adequate provision for travelling time between your point of departure and place of arrival. The driving time between Johannesburg and Mpila Camp is approximately 7 hours. Durban to Mpila is approximately 4 hours.

 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY 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.

 

CATERING

Catering is provided in the form of three meals per day, starting with dinner on the day of arrival and concluding with early lunch or snack on the day of departure. Meals are simple but nutritious, and quantities provided should satisfy most appetites. The menus have been developed with input from previous trailists and satisfy the palate of the average person. If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please notify the Trails Consultant when making a booking and they inform the trails office whom will try to 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. Unfortunately, however there can be no reduction in the cost of the trail. Fruit and nuts are provided as snacks between meals. Trailists may also bring their own between meal snacks and refreshments.

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 trailist insist on excessive drinking this will mean the walks will no longer than 1 km's from the Base camp and or Satellite camp depending on the trail. 

In order to maintain the wilderness ethic and character, EKZN Wildlife’s facilities are restricted to the minimum of sophistication.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH REGARD TO THE SHORT AND EXTENDED SHORT TRAILS, IF AN ENTIRE TRAILS IS BOOKED OUT BY ONE GROUP, AND IF THE TRAIL BOOKINGS ALLOW FOR IT, THE GROUP ARE ALLOWED TO BOOK TWO CONSECUTIVE TRAILS, TO ALLOW FOR A CUSTOM MADE LONGER TRAIL OF EITHER FOUR OR FIVE NIGHTS, DEPENDING ON THE COMBINATION

D. THE EXTENDED SHORT WILDERNESS TRAIL GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE TRAIL

Extended Short Weekend trails are run from about the 14th February to about 10 December, and start on Tuesdays. They are 3 nights and 4 days in duration.

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 with 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 Camp the night before the trail, may organize to have the bulk of their personal belongings carried into the Satellite cap by donkey in donkey bags which are made available. These bags must be dropped off at Mpila camp by 16:00 the day before the trail. (Please note if you will be overnight outside of the Park that the gate times are 06h00 to 18h00 no earlier or later)

 

Trailists are required to book in at Mpila camp by 11h30 for the trail to start at 12h00 on the first day, where they are met by the trails staff and given a trails briefing. After their bags are packed, 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. The camp has no ablution facilities, we use traditional shower bucket pour warm water, set up in a tree, and a spade, toilet paper and matches, which serve as a toilet.

Trailists walk back to Mndindini Base camp on the fourth day, carrying only their personal affects and snacks. The trail ends before 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. 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.

 

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

Report to the Mpila camp office by 11:30 to register, it is important to arrive on time on the date indicated on the reservation voucher, to allow time to pack, walk in and get to the trails camp before dark. Trailists will be met by their trails officer and guide at 11:45 on Tuesday at the Mpila camp office. The trail departs from Mndindini Base camp, anyone arriving late will unfortunately be left behind.

Make adequate provision for travelling time between your point of departure and place of arrival. The driving time between Johannesburg and Mpila Camp is approximately 7 hours. Durban to Mpila is approximately 3 1/2 hours.

 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY 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.

 

CATERING

Catering is provided in the form of three meals per day, starting with dinner on the day of arrival and concluding with lunch on the day of departure. Meals are simple but nutritious, and quantities provided should satisfy most appetites. The menus have been developed with input from previous trailists and satisfy the palate of the average person. If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please phone the iMfolozi Wilderness Trails office (035) 5508478 two weeks beforehand, and they will try to 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. Unfortunately, however there can be no reduction in the cost of the trail. Fruit and nuts are provided as snacks between meals. Trailists may also bring their own between meal snacks and refreshments.

 

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 trailist insist on excessive drinking this will mean the walks will no longer than 1 km's from the Base camp and or Satellite camp depending on the trail. 

In order to maintain the wilderness ethic and character, EKZN Wildlife’s facilities are restricted to the minimum of sophistication.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH REGARD TO THE SHORT AND EXTENDED SHORT TRAILS, IF AN ENTIRE TRAIL IS BOOKED OUT BY ONE GROUP, AND IF THE TRAIL BOOKINGS ALLOW FOR IT, THE GROUP ARE ALLOWED TO BOOK TWO CONSECUTIVE TRAILS, TO ALLOW FOR A CUSTOM MADE LONGER TRAIL OF EITHER FOUR OR FIVE NIGHTS, DEPENDING ON THE COMBINATION.

 

 

 

E. THE EXPLORER TRAIL

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE TRAIL

It is one of our best trails because it comprises two great trails the most comfortable Base camp trail and the adventurous Primitive trail. This makes the Explorer trail the best because you engage on a Base trail on the 1st and last day/night and be at the Primitive trail on the 2nd and 3rd day/nights.

This trail is aim at both outdoor enthusiast who like to combine a wilderness experience with backpacking and sleeping under the stars as well as being able to relax after a possibly long drive to the Reserve on the first day and again preparing for another road trip on the last day.

After booking at Mpila camp, trailist, and two trails officers are off to Mndindini camp where they will be greetings and meeting the chef. It is recommended that visitors arrive at Mpila camp reception by 13h00 for checking in thus starting the trail at 14h00. Whilst the trail is at the Primitive stage, the chef will not be available, which means food will be prepared by the Trails officers (but should trailist wish to help out they are more than welcome).

On trail it is advisable that everyone leaves their watches and cellular phones behind, and gets to experience the freedom of not being bound by time, and not having to continually meet deadlines and appointments.

Small camps are set up at night, with trailists sleeping under the stars around a small fire, (a lightweight rainshelter is provided for bad weather) after enjoying a meal prepared by the trails guide and an assistant. Distances covered in walking are not excessive, due to the need to carry all equipment. Backpacks are sometimes left at a campsite and day walks taken to explore the wilderness area.

Explorer trails are conducted from about the 20 February to about the 1 December and take a maximum of 8 trailists at any time.

 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY KZN WILDLIFE

• First Aid kit

• Water containers

• Toilet trowel, paper etc.

• Food

• Backpack

• Personal Water bottle

• Knife, spoon, cup and plate

• Groundsheet

• Rain shelter (fly sheet)

• Sleeping bag

• Sleeping mat (optional)

• Cooking pots etc.

• Large plastic bag (to put contents of backpack into in case of rain)


RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BE PROVIDED BY EACH TRAILIST

• 2 dull-coloured shirts/blouses

• 3 changes of underwear

 2 pairs shorts or the equivalent

• 1 pair of trousers or jeans

• 1 tracksuit

• 1 hat

• 1 swimming costume (optional)

• 1 light raincoat

• 1 warm bush jacket or jersey

• Sun protection cream

• Torch with spare batteries

• Insect repellant

• 1 pair of comfortable boots or the equivalent and 1 pair of sandles for around the camp

• Toiletries, including environment friendly/biodegradable soap

• Binoculars, camera, field guide booklets, notebook etc. (optional)


NB: It is imperative that you wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots, which are well worn in.

Bayticol (from your pharmacy) is recommended as ticks can be a problem at certain times of the year.

Zululand winters are cold, with temperatures dropping significantly at night, whilst the summer temperatures can rise fairly high by midday, and rain can be a factor.

 

CATERING

KZN Wildlife will supply all equipment and provide all meals. You may bring your own equipment as long as it blends into the bush environment. You may bring you own additional snacks and drinks should you feel the necessity.

 

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 trailist insist on excessive drinking this will mean the walks will be no longer than 1 km's from the Base camp and or Satellite camp depending on the trail. 

Remember that you need to carry some of the luggage for two days.