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Maphelana is the southernmost camp in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formally the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park). A popular destination for ski boaters and surf anglers, it lies on the south bank of the Mfolozi River, at the point where it enters the Indian Ocean. The rocky intertidal areas offer excellent musselling and crayfishing.
The roads, which can be rough at times, can also be used for taking walks and enjoying the natural forest habitats under the canopy of enormous trees. More than 200 bird species have been recorded here.
Only suitable for 4X4 vehicles.The bay provides a sheltered launch site for deep sea fishing boats. Shore fishing and spear fishing are also popular. People harvest shellfish under permit on the rocks. The bay is wonderful for swimming, although, please note that there are no shark nets.Swimming or wading in the Mfolozi river is not permitted, due to the presence of crocodiles. Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, uMkhuze, Kosi Bay, False Bay and Maphelane are part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site managed by an independent body known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.
Ten 5-bedded fully equiped log cabins are available. These have two or three bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dinette/lounge. For camping Maphelane has 45 camp and caravan sites (maximum six persons each), with modern ablution blocks available to visitors.
Rates Include:Accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT.Rates Exclude:Optional excursions
Gate Opening and Closing Times: Summer ( October to March ) 06h00 to 19h00Winter (April to September ) 06h00 to 18h00
Office Hours: The office is open from 08h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 16h30
Check Out Time: 10h00 Check In Time: 14h00
Shop: The shop has a limited range of curios and supplies.
Special Precautions: Maphelane 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.
The following vehicle restrictions apply on the road: 4X4 vehicles recommendedVehicles not exceeding 1.5 tonnesBoats not exceeding 5,79 metresCaravans of a single axle class only and only if towed by a four wheeled drive vehicle.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
Facilities for people with disabilities: None at the present time.How To Get ThereMaphelane is 50 km off the Empangeni-Mtubatuba road, opposite the Kwambonambi turn off. The road is narrow, very sandy in places and not recommended for cars with limited road clearance. Due to the limitations of the new road, traffic is restricted to the following: Vehicles not exceeding 1 ton; Boats not exceeding 5,79 metres (19 feet); Caravans of single axle class only and only if towed by a four-wheel-drive vehicle.