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Mapelane Camp, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Mapelane camp is the southernmost camp in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. It is located on the southern bank of the Mfolozi River where it enters the sea. There are ten 5-bed Swiss-type log cabins, each of which boasts 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. There are 45 camp and caravan sites with modern ablution blocks. Not more than 6 persons are permitted per campsite. As with all KZN Conservation Services hutted camps, facilities are supplied in the cabins. Visitors must however bring their own food and drinks and are required to do their own cooking and washing up. The cabins are cleaned daily by camp attendants. Since the nearest shop is 50-km away on a rough road, visitors should plan their provisions carefully.

There is excellent ski-boar and surf fishing at Mapelane. Over 200 species of birds have been identified. It is considered safe to swim at low tide. Rocky inter-tidal areas provide opportunities for musseling and crayfishing. Licenses are obtainable from the office. The Umphafa self-guided trail takes approximately 2 hours at an easy pace. Experience excellent birdlife and magnificent trees and watch for the elusive red duiker. All visitors must report to the Reception Office on arrival. Office hours are from 08h00 through 12h30 and from 14h00 through 16h30. Because Mapelane is 50-km off the main road, visitors are urged to ensure that their bookings are valid for the day of their arrival.

o    Entrance gates open and close as follows: Summer (1 October through March 31): 06h00 – 19h00. Winter (1 April through September 30): 08h00 – 18h00. On Friday evenings and evenings prior to long weekends or provincial school holidays, visitors may enter the reserve up to 21h00.
o    No pets are permitted
o    It is advisable to take anti-malaria precautions
o    A speed limit of 25 km/h is strictly enforced
o    Visitors swim in the sea at their own risk. Swimming or wading in the Mfolozi River is not permitted because of the crocodiles
o    Use of own generators is not permitted
o    Visitors wishing to use a vehicle on the beach must obtain a permit from the Office.
o    No fuel or power points or freezer facilities are available
o    The generator is switched off at 22h30 each night.

Mapelane is 80-km off the N2. Exit the N2 at the Kwambonambi turnoff between Mtubatuba and Empangeni and travel east. The road is narrow and very sandy in places and not recommended for vehicles with limited ground clearance. Traffic is restricted to vehicles not exceeding 1.56 tons, boats not exceeding 5.79m (19 feet), caravans with a single axle and only if towed by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

Contct                Kwa-Zulu Natal Conservation Services
Web: www.kznwildlife.com

Log-cabin reservations:      Kwa-Zulu Natal Conservation Service Reservations
Box 13069
Telephone +27 (331) 845 1000
Fax +27 (331) 845 1001
Web: www.kznwildlife.com

Campsite reservations:     Camp Manager
Private Bag St Lucia Estuary
Telephone +27 (35) 590 1407
Fax +27 (35) 590 1039 (office hours)

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Last update: 2014-03-06 23:03
Author: Alan McIver
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