The Ingwe Trail is a most beautiful walking path that meanders through the sand forests and shoreline at False Bay Park. The start of the trail or ‘trail head’ as it is known in hiking terms is a mere ten minute drive from your accommodation at Hluhluwe River Lodge and a must do for visitors. Apart from the beautiful scenery there is the solitude of the walk that is so fantastic, the park is a hidden gem and is seldom visited by the throngs of regular tourists adamant to see the ‘big 5’ and driving around on Safari vehicles. If you want to feel the heart of the Hluhluwe area do your soul a favor and walk the Ingwe Trail.
Giant Lebombo Wattle trees, groves of Tamboti thicket and slow moving streams eventually give way to the open shoreline of the western shore of lake St Lucia where there are wading birds and the most awesome waterscapes. All along the trail there are signs of other walkers namely Leopard, Nyala and Suni in the forest and Hippo and Water Mongoose on the shore. At Lister Point named after a Hluhluwe pioneer ‘Jack Lister’ there are benches under the fever trees where you can enjoy a cold softdrink and a beautiful view through Hell’s Gate before completing the last few kilometers to the end of the trail. Plan for a 3 hour easy walk and take a camera and binoculars.