Mkhaya Game Reserve is a pristine piece of wilderness located in the southeast of Swaziland. The reserve is home to the Reilly's Rehabilitation project, which functions as a haven for endangered species. Black and white rhino, roan and sable antelope, tsessebe, elephant and more endangered animals roam this wilderness at will, and can be spotted on game drives and bush walks. The camp itself is nestled among leadwood, sausage and knobthorn trees along the banks of a dry river bed, and receives occasional visits from small game such as warthog.
Stone Camp, so called because of the dolerite rocks which make up its buildings, comprises of 12 semi-open stone and thatch cottages tucked away in the lush riverine forest, providing privacy and comfort in an oasis like setting. Each cottage has a spacious bedroom with twin or double beds, and an en-suite bathroom with open shower, as well as a private verandah which opens out into the untouched bush. The cottages are linked to the main lodge by wooden walkways and it is worth noting that there is no electricity - this may be a turn-off for some guests, but we love wining and dining by lantern light as it really does create an authentic bush experience!
By staying at Stone Camp, you are not only guaranteed a unique bush experience but you are also supporting Reilly's Rehabilitation project, which seeks to protect and reintroduce endangered species into the Mkhaya Game Reserve. It was originally started to protect a certain breed of Nguni cattle but has since expanded to include black and white rhino, roan and sable antelope, tsessebe, elephant and more! Spot these animals on guided game drives, bush walks, waterhole stake-outs and sundowner excursions. The birding is spectacular in this region with robin, purple-crested lourie, narina trogan and more species popping up, while small game such as warthog visit the camp from time to time.