If you wish to go on the Safari to the Imfolozi Game Reserve, where the white rhinosceros was saved from extinction, you should book into the Mpila Camp on the KZN Wildlife website – http://www.places.co.za/accommodation/mpila-camp-hluhluwe-imfolozi-game-park.html – for the nights of 9 and 10 April 2013.
You may book into the 2 bed self-catering chalets which charge ZAR770 per unit or ZAR375 a night per person sharing (just about US$50 or 28GBP a night). David McQuoid-Mason is thinking of hiring a 7 bed self-catering lodge to operate as the base camp and works out a little bit more at R410 a night per person (just over US$50 or 28GBP a night). Fiona Kirkwood and David will be in the lodge which could still accommodate 5 others. Delegates should tell David if they wish to stay in the lodge as soon as possible as accommodation there will be on a first come, first served basis.
David will arrange transport for 17 people and the entire Safari group will be self-catering – he will buy the food and then get reimbursed. David will hire two minivans in Durban that can take nine people each apart from the drivers – one can only take eight as Fiona will be coming. If you wish to travel in the minivans you need to book early and advise David accordingly. It is also easy to hire a car in Durban and drive yourself around the Game Reserve. There is an entrance fee (community levy) of ZAR120 or (about US$15 or 9GBP) per person per night for foreigners and ZAR60 per night for South Africans.
We might also wish to take a boat ride on Lake St. Lucia (a World Heritage Site) on the way to Imfolozi to see crocodiles and hippos, in which case we would have to leave Durban at 08h00 on 9 April 2013. David suggests that you plan to arrive in Durban on 8 April and check into your hotel – preferably the Blue Waters – so that we can leave early. You can check out for the nights of 9 and 10 April and rebook for the nights of 11-14 April if you are staying for the whole Conference.
We will return from Imfolozi via Ondini near Ulundi where King Cetswayo had his Royal Kraal which was burnt by the British on 4 July 1879. The original floors of the huts in the Royal Enclosure have been rediscovered and the beehive grass huts rebuilt. There is also a small cultural museum there where we can learn about Zulu culture. We should be back in Durban at about 18h00 on 11 December 2013.