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Reviewed 16 February 2020

We travelled almost 3 weeks in South Africa / Swaziland. We selected this reserve for the experience (stone camp in the bush) + reviews about proximity with rhinos.

Despite our (high) expectations, we were not disappointed a split second. What a thrilling experience !

At first sight, it is kind of strange since you are waiting for the ranger to pick you up in a small village in the middle of nowhere. You follow the ranger for a few miles where you leave your car in a parking. From there, the excursion / experience starts. A game drive on the way to the camp where we saw so many rhinos. We were so close to them that we could have touch them. Once at the camp, they take you to your room, a stone camp that I would qualify luxury camping in the bush. Dinner is served around the fire with traditional swazi dances to conclude the evening.

We selected a 24 hour stay with 2 game drives. In retrospective, we wish we would have selected a longer stay.

If you want to live the 'real bush stay', we high recommend staying at Mkhaya Game Reserve. On top of it, this game reserve is significantly cheaper than similar reserves in South Africa.

Date of stay: November 2019
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2  Thank tigres62
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Reviewed 4 February 2020

We were picked up and let the car on a secure parking place, the game park is very nice, our driver was a real professional – in driving and game matters. The stone camp is just lovely, spacious huts with open walls, the beds with very good mosquite nettings so we had no problem at all, cerosine lamps, only two battery-driven electric ones, like Tarzan in Jungle..! Toilet, shower, washing all open air, great experience. The restauration was very professional, very good food, three times a day is close to too much, but of course you go..! Service great, 6-8 lovely and professional waitresses, in the evening the wore traditional clothes and sang and dance their cultural thing, the dance is comparable to the French Can Can, legs up in the air, as we guests were also asked to join, lot of fun.
The three game drives and walks a day were gorgeous, later in our journey my wife and me both regreted not to stay days longer. Best station on our trip, would love to come again.

Date of stay: January 2020
1  Thank trutpert2017
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Reviewed 31 October 2019

What a great experience this was when our small group arrived with our Ranger Mark. We had an enjoyable evening sitting around the fire and drinking and talking and laughing about our experiences of the last few days. Unfortunately my photos of that night did not turn out but thankfully the following day was recorded on our game drives.

Date of stay: March 2019
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Thank Dennis P
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Reviewed 30 June 2019

We stayed here for 2 nights and although on arrival I was a little apprehensive about the open sided stone cottages, by the time it came to leave I didn't want to go!
We arrived at the 'pick up' point behind the shop as instructed for a prompt 10am collection but when no one had arrived by 10.15am I rang the telephone number provided only to find that it was a reservation department and they could only radio in to the camp. We needn't have worried as our Ranger, Richard arrived on his Yamaha 10 minutes later and we were off being led to a building where we popped into the loo, had a quick drink and then left our hire car behind and started our first game drive on the back of the open Landrover. We immediately spotted rhino, impala, kudo and hippo plus the biggest crocodile I have ever seen sunning himself on the banks! It was magical and it was about to become even more magical when we arrived at our camp to find impala wandering freely through the camp! Our open sided stone cottage (no.2.) was a short walk along a sandy path from the main camp and although I had some concerns about the 'openness' of it, this just added to the magic of the place. We were there in June so their Winter and although it was freezing at night time, our lovely hot water bottles kept us nice and cosy. We had to be very organised though as it was dark by 6pm and although we had some calor gas/paraffin lamps and a couple of solar lamps on the walls of the cottage (no electricity here!), it was still hard to see things so make sure you have all of your belongings ready for the early start in the morning for the game drive which starts at 6.15am. Having said this, you also need to be aware that monkeys are all around and do have a habit of trying to get into your stone cottage so don't leave anything just lying around - luckily the camp had a safe (although we couldn't get ours to work!) so used the wooden blanket box to store our things in. It's worth mentioning here that you can't really drag your suitcase into the camp as there's no room so make sure you take a rucksack for what you need for the length of your stay. The game drives were excellent, our Ranger, Africa a likeable guide with a good sense of humour. Don't go here expecting to see the Big 5 - you won't - there are no elephant or lion here but it didn't matter, we had plenty of sightings of rhino (very special), hippo, crocs, zebra and giraffe and the fact we got so close to many of them was
wonderful. We stayed here for 2 nights and found the food to be tasty and plentiful, infact the portion sizes were huge and I felt bad not being able to eat everything served up. They also have a decent wine list too and not bad prices considering their location. The staff are delightful, always smiling and happy.
So, to sum up - we've been to more luxurious game reserves and seen more wildlife but what it lacked in those departments, it certainly made up for in atmosphere and uniqueness!

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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5  Thank tq8pb
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Reviewed 18 June 2019

A night in the stone is something you’ll never forget. Located in the middle of a magnificent reserve the camp is very lovely under the shade of huge trees.
The camp and the hut are very pretty and welcoming. The staff is very smiling, the food is delicious.
When comes the time to go to sleep, following a path lit by oil lamps. You are under the charm of a pretty room, light is dim but it makes a really romantic atmosphere. The bed was heated by a heating pad placed by the staff.
Everything was perfect, the nyala antelopes wandering in the camp, the hyenas heard in the night... I want to go back for sure.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
1  Thank David R
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