It’s a 90-minute drive from Cape Vidal to the Nyalazi gate into iMfolozi (daily conservation fee R105 per adult; half-price for children). In the park, head to the CENTENARY CENTRE and check out the displays about Operation Rhino, the programme that basically saved the white rhino from extinction. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a bacon, egg and cheese burger (R48) at the kiosk. From the Centenary Centre, follow the tar road down the escarpment into elephant country, where herds dawdle across the road and mill about on the banks of the Imfolozi River. At MPILA RESORT, warthogs and impala wander among the chalets. Book a three-hour game walk with a field guide for the following morning (5.30 am in summer; 6 am in winter). Walks cost R290 per person and are limited to eight people. No children under 12. The route to the Sontuli picnic site on the Black Imfolozi River (GPS: S28.22978 E31.84486) makes for a nice afternoon drive. Just bear in mind that the roads in the northwestern corner of the park can get challenging for two-wheel-drive vehicles.
STAY HERE MPILA RESORT A laid-back place with clusters of two- to eight-bed lodges, cottages and safari tents, with a view that spills from the top of a hill towards the Imfolozi River. No campsite. Rates: Two-bed safari tent or chalet from R1 000 per night. Four-sleeper safari tent from R1 500 per night. Five-sleeper chalet from R2 000 per night. Contact: 035 550 8476; kznwildlife.com