In a sheltered bay on the south bank of the Mfolozi River, where the estuary enters the Indian Ocean, Maphelana Camp can be found. A tranquil get-away that is the southernmost camp in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a world heritage site and one of the most diverse regions in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal.
A canopy of magnificent trees over the dense coastal forest is home to a great diversity of wildlife in their natural habitat and bird enthusiasts can spot over 200 recorded bird species. Maphelana offers two self-guided trails along the bank of the estuary or along the top of the dunes where visitors can take advantage of breathtaking views of the ocean and the Mfolozi River mouth and see Hippos and Crocodiles lazing in the cool waters of the river. Leisurely walks along extensive stretches of unspoiled beach can be enjoyed by the whole family; stopping to splash in the waves of the warm Indian Ocean. During low tide mussels can be gathered off the rocks and guests can obtain permits to harvest shellfish off the rocks.
The shelter of the bay offers an excellent launching site for ski-boats and deep sea fishing boats and snorkeling for crayfish while investigating the rocky inter tidal areas is a great way to unwind. Spear fishing, surf angling and swimming are other popular activities enjoyed in the tranquil protection of the bay. Easy access to the beach is provided for a vehicle to launch a boat from a trailer.
Ten 5-bedded fully equiped log cabins are available. These have two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. These are self catering units. There is no restaurant at Maphelana.
Please note that the tap water is not potable. There are also rain water tanks which contain water for visitors. All water must be boiled before it is fit to drink.
It is suggested that visitors who want an accessanble supply of drinking water in their logcabin bring a 25L container of water with them.
For camping Maphelana has 45 camp and caravan sites (maximum six persons each), with modern ablution blocks available to visitors. Malaria precautions advised.
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