Faded Sandpaper
  • Length of trail: 7 Days negotiable

  • Location: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

  • Distance from Durban: 244 km (transfers can be arranged)

  • Group size: Minimum 6 to Maximum 8

  • All equipment and food included

Imfolozi Wilderness Journey

"This trail was a real deep touching with your landscape, your plants and your animals, [that] I never had before. Thanks to our guide Sicelo Mbatha, who opened our senses, hearts, thoughts and spirits to all these other beings on earth."
Robert Bögle -  Psychotherapist
and Vision Quest guide

When we cross the Imfolozi River we leave the city behind
When we cross the Imfolozi River we leave the city behind

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Sunrise greets us after the night watch
Sunrise greets us after the night watch

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The fire brings us warmth and comfort as we settle down to story telling
The fire brings us warmth and comfort as we settle down to story telling

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When we cross the Imfolozi River we leave the city behind
When we cross the Imfolozi River we leave the city behind

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This seven day journey takes you into the depths of the Imfolozi Wilderness Area in the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve. This is one of the oldest reserves in South Africa, and is renowned for its efforts to save the white Rhinos from extinction. The 99 000 hectare reserve supports the ‘big five’ and a huge variety of fauna and flora.  The wilderness area is untouched by roads and vehicles.
This wilderness journey has been  a life-changing experience for many. It brings a unique  opportunity to share wild spaces with a thriving community of wild animals, from elephants to dung beetles, and to reawaken the wild animal within our souls. We leave schedules, watches, and cell phones behind, and follow the rhythms of nature, moving across the hillsides as the clouds drift through the sky. We rest when we are tired and eat when we hungry. We follow the tracks of wild dogs, bathe in rivers where buffalo drink, sleep beside trees where baboons are resting. We tread lightly, carry out everything we take in, and leave no traces of our presence.
We sleep under the stars, or under a fly sheet if there is rain. As darkness falls, we enjoy they ancient rituals of story telling and reflection around the camp fire. Thought the night, we take turns to keep watch. Night watch keeps us safe and offers each person the mystical experience of sitting in solitude by a fire in the heart of the African night. it  is seen by many as deeply transformative, and the jewel of their wilderness experience.

Each trail is unique, as we open our hearts to any meeting we might have with the creatures and plants of this unspoilt wilderness.