Maphelane is situated on the south bank of the Mfolozi river mouth. It is the southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
What To Do On Arrival
- All visitors who have booked accommodation, including camping and caravan sites, must please check-in at reception on arrival.
- The final 50 km of road to Maphelane between the N2 and the resort has a sand surface and will take time to negotiate.
- Visitors must ensure enough time to arrive at the resort before the gates close.
- No pets are permitted in the reserve, no matter how big, small or blind!
- Gate entry times: Open from 6am - 18pm.
- On Friday evenings and evenings prior to long weekends or provincial school holidays, visitors with bookings may enter the reserve up to 21:00. Please consult a General Practitioner regarding antimalaria precautions. 035 590 1407
- A speed limit of 20 km/h is strictly enforced, except where lower speeds are applicable.
- Littering is an offence. Visitors swim in the sea at their own risk. Swimming or wading in the Mfolozi river is not permitted, due to the presence of crocodiles.
- Visitors are not permitted to use their own generators.
- There are no fuel or power points at the campsites.
- Plug points for freezer facilities are available for hire, book direct with Maphelane.
- Electricity is supplied by a generator. Please note that the generator runs between 05h30 to 22h30 daily, and until 23h00 on Fridays only.
- All visitors must provide themselves with drinking water. This is due to the fact that while the water is now clear from an improved borehole, the salt content is still very high rendering it unfit for potable water. It is however suitable for showering and brushing of teeth etc.
- There is a small curio shop with limited supplies. Guests are requested to ensure that bread, eggs, butter etc are brought with them prior to arrival.
What to Bring
- All cabins are self-catering and fully-equipped.
- Visitors must however, bring their own beach towels, food and beverages.
- Visitors are required to do their own cooking.
- The cabins are serviced daily by camp attendants.
- It must be stressed that visitors should plan their provisions very carefully, as the nearest shop is 50 km away and the road can be rough at times. 4x4 vehicles are best suited for the access road to the resort.
- Guests are requested to provide their own bread, eggs, butter etc, as the curio shop only carries limited supplies. Guests must also bring their own drinking water as the water from the borehole, while clear, has a very high salt content, which renders it unfit as potable water.
Accommodation - Log Cabins
Accommodation - Campsites
- There are 10 five-bedded, fully-equipped log cabins.
- These units have two bedrooms, a bathroom, a fullyequipped kitchenette and a diningroom/lounge.
- There are 40 camp and caravan sites, with modern ablution blocks available.
- A maximum of six persons per campsiteis allowed.
- There is excellent ski-boat and surf fishing at Maphelane.
- Over 200 species of birds have been identified in this area.
- It is considered safe to swim at low tide.
- The rocky intertidal areas provide opportunities for musseling and crayfishing.
- Licences are obtainable from the office.
- There is a short self-guided trail leading to a viewsite on the dune and the roads can also be used for walking.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
- Umphafa Trail is a self-guided trail and takes approximately two hours, walking at an easy pace.
- Experience the excellent birdlife and magnificent trees and watch for the elusive red duiker.
Summer ( October to March ) 06h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September ) 06h00 to 18h00
The office is open from 08h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 16h30
Camp Telephone Number: (035) 5901407
Camp Fax: (035) 5901039
Check Out Time: 10h00
Check In Time: 14h00
The shop has a limited range of curios and supplies.
Maphelana is in a malaria area and special precautions are necessary.
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Kwambonambi which is 50 kms away.
How to get there:
Maphelana is 50 kms from the N2 between Empangeni and Mtubatuba opposite the Kwambonambi turn off. The road is narrow and very sandy in places and is not suitable for vehicles with a low clearance.
The following vehicle restrictions apply on the road:
Vehicles not exceeding 1.5 tonnes
Boats not exceeding 5,79 metres
Caravans of a single axle class only and only if towed by a four wheeled drive vehicle.
Motor Bikes, Quad Bikes, Private Generators and Jet Skis are not permitted into the reserve.
Only vehicles launching boats from a trailer are allowed on the beach.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
"No entry fees will be charged for visits by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Primary and Secondary School groups, from KZN Schools to KZN Protected Areas and St Lucia Crocodile Centre provided that such visits:
- are authorised by the Head of the school
- are booked in advance with the Officer in Charge of the Protected Area or Crocodile Centre
- do not take place over weekends, during KZN Provincial school holidays or Public Holidays".
Facilities for people with disabilities: Nil
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 a supply of drinking water in their log cabin bring a 25L container of water with them.