Mkhaya Game Reserve

Mkhaya was established in 1979 to save the local pure Nguni breed of cattle from extinction. Its focus has expanded over the years, and it is now a refuge for Swaziland's endangered species, including black and white rhino, roan & sable antelope, tsessebe, and elephant. Mkhaya is a modern-day success story for rhino conservation.

Located in the south east of the Kingdom, Mkhaya comprises of acacia-dominated thornveld in the south and broadleaf sandveld in the north. Unique, intimate encounters with Mkhaya's wildlife are almost guaranteed as all travel within the reserve is solely in the reserve's open 4x4 vehicles or on foot (all guided). The reserve is criss-crossed with dry riverbeds, dotted with waterholes and has a network of intertwined game-viewing roads. The wildlife here feels so unthreatened that you can experience exceptionally close encounters.

Accommodation is provided in "Stone Camp". This very comfortable, yet unpretentious camp has just 12 units, each overlooking the dry riverbed, and linked by pathways of riversand. Thick vegetation ensures privacy, although some units are close enough together for use by families. The camp has no electricity and is lit at night by paraffin lanterns. Emphasis is on "getting back to nature" and this is without doubt, one of the most uncommercialised, authentic and "real" African safari experiences currently available.

Mkhaya is staffed and patrolled entirely by Swazis from neighbouring communities and currently boasts what is arguably Africa's most effective anti-poaching unit. Mkhaya is totally self-financing through visitor revenues. Your support is greatly appreciated as a means of sustaining this unique international conservation effort.



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