We would like to see notices asking people not to feed monkeys and baboons and explain why. Also ask tourists not to throw things at the monkeys and baboons as this makes them aggressive.
Only complaint is the when we were ready to leave we planned on filling up our petrol tank only to find a small notice on the Petrol pump saying that you were out of fuel. We had very little fuel left. It would have been good to be told on booking in or if there was a decent sized sign as we entered. I am sure we are not the only ones caught short.
Other than that - excellent - thank you!
We decided to stay right in the Park in order to escape the sounds of the city and listen to the sound of Africa. And we did.
In the park we saw Rhino, Elephant, Impala, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, Eagles, Monkeys, Birds and nature.
The communal viewing area overlooking the river was absolutely amazing, managed to see a small group of elephants feeding by the river. All in all the experience and accommodation and all other services offered was amazing. Hats off to your staff.
Wonderful experience and would come again.
I have already booked again for January 2014. It is always great!
Beside minor power problems we had nothing to complain, except we had no chance to extend our stay - holiday in SA ;-)
We will come again for sure.
It would be great to have a larger range of food in the shop like in Hluhluwe (eg bread).
Otherwise we loved it and will most certainly return to Mpila!
However our stay became a nightmare with the aggressive and non relenting monkeys. They were totally impossible, and the very least the camp needs to do is to close off access for them to the kitchens. This is a very simple and inexpensive operation and would go a long way to addressing this serious problem. My overseas guests were quite traumatised by them.
We also had a bad incident with wild pigs, especially with a huge boar who came onto our veranda and caused us to leave the premises. The Hyenas are now also out of control and own the camp - I am very aware that we are the ones encroaching, however it is only a matter of time before there is a major incident. As a South African who was bought up in the bush I understand the local wild life, the camp is now a definite risk for a more naive visitor.
On the drives through the game reserve, we saw lots of wildlife and good birding. In fact, game viewing was much better in Umfolozi than in the Hluhluwe side of the reserve. I prefer Mpila anytime before the more upmarket Hilltop camp.
Otherwise we had a most enjoyable stay.
Electricity was shut down from 22:00 to 08:00. This was especially inconvenient in the early morning, but maybe the electricity supplier is responsible for that.
Mpila is a beautiful place and we hopefully will stay at Mpila again. We love South Africa!
The general rondavel was great and rustic. The bedding/ kitchen staff were great. Finally the game was fantastic, of course we will be back. We had our old Australians friends with us.....keep it non-commercialised.