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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; kzn­

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