Early history — [ edit ] SABC logo, used from to Inafter years of controversy over the introduction of televisionthe SABC was finally allowed to introduce a colour TV service, which began experimental broadcasts in the main cities on 5 Maybefore the service went nationwide on 6 January Initially, the TV service was funded entirely through a licence fee just like the UK, but began advertising in The service initially broadcast only in English and Afrikaanswith an emphasis on religious programming on Sundays.
Stone Camp is about returning to the basics in comfort, reducing the barriers to the bush and encouraging guests to immerse themselves in nature. Electricity is replaced by candles and paraffin lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere at sundown. Gas geysers warm the water and solar provides limited logistical power.
At the heart of this little bush camp is a giant Sausage Tree, Kigelia africana, believed to be centuries old. The reception, curio shop, campfire and dining areas are discretely constructed alongside our sausage tree.
From here sand paths lead to the 12 accommodation units, hidden in the riverine forest. All accommodation units are semi-open with half walls and tall thatch roofs suspended on thick stone pillars.
A full wall separates the living space from the bathroom, which has a shower, basin and toilet, all with views into the forest. The floors are simple concrete screed, which together with the thatch and stone, keep the units cool in hot summers. Our units have various room configurations, including twins, doubles, a triple and three family units sleeping people.
Stone Camp is alive with life.
Suni, nyala and warthog are regular guests. The regal crested guineafowl are a feature of camp, with special sightings including narina trogon, pink-throated twinspots, yellow nicator and purple-crested touraco. Mkhaya offers set packages inclusive of Conservation fee, accommodation, meals and game drives as stipulated.
Guests are met by Mkhaya Guides at the Phuzamoya Pick-up Point at either 10h00 or 16h00 as prearranged, and escourted to the park Head Quarters for registration and refreshments. Vehicles are left at the headquarters, or in secure parking outside the park if the river is up.
From here, guests transfer into the open Land Rovers with their small overnight bags and enjoy a game drive en-route to Stone Camp. Overnight guests enjoy an early morning wake up call complete with coffee, tea and a small snack, ahead of an exciting sunrise game drive.
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Sunhats, sun cream, a warm top and cameras should be kept close at hand. Dinner is a delicious 3-course bush dinner around the camp fire and breakfast is a scrumcious buffet. Stone Camp has no electricity. An evening game drive returns at the magical hour, with time to prepare for dinner.
This package includes mid-morning game drive, lunch, afternoon game drive, dinner, early morning game drive, breakfast and transfer game drive.
Depending on the size of the group, some meals are prepared on the fire. Breakfast and dinner are served around the fire, while lunch is often set up under the giant Sausage Tree.
In inclement weather, dining is moved under our large thatch roof, suspended on hardwood tree trunks, planted in the sand. For the patient observer it can provide hours of pleasure whether you are interested in birds, mammals, reptiles, insects or amphibians.
Time spent here is about what is happening outside and respect is requested for those who may have travelled some distance for their daily water.
Waterholes are obvious places for predator ambush, causing wildlife visitors to be extra alert - a sudden movement may result in the bush exploding with a surprising number of nyala, kudu and other wildlife… and a day without water for the scattered.
He practiced respect for trees and worms and decent people and beetles and birds… all creatures and all things natural.
In typical Ted speak: "the golden rule: sit still and shut up! Settle down quietly with a book or binoculars on comfortable furniture, aware of the nyala, suni and guineafowl passing by.
Solar power is set up for laptops and projectors, and sketchy cell reception negates pesky interruptions. Alongside, a small curio shop sells bush-related curios and high quality branded merchandise. Whether on foot or Land Rover, guests encounter a myriad of species, including endangered mammals, colourful birdlife, interesting insects and the all-important vegetation.
These fascinating creatures and life forms are woven into your Swazi safari. Mkhaya has a handful of knowledgeable Field Guides who enjoy hosting small groups, weaving our history and ethos into interpretation of the environment.
Local knowledge allows them discretion with individual animals, some of which are incredibly tolerant, while others are best viewed from further away.
Activities take place pre-breakfast, mid-morning and mid-afternoon into the evening, and are built into packages as appropriate.
Depart on a game drive exploring the endangered species section, providing incredible photo opportunities, before arriving at Stone Camp for a hearty bush lunch and chance to refresh.
A second game drive after lunch ends at your vehicle at 16h Please note children under 10 years old are not permitted on game drives. Game Drives Open Land Rover Game Drives wind along bush tracks, revealing special species and sharing the cultural significance of our natural world.
Low hanging branches bring an ever-present element of adventure.
Guests are requested to bring sunblock and sunhats, preferably broad-brimmed, and a sarong or light long-sleeved cotton shirt in summer. Bottled water is always available on the drive.
Game Walks Walking slows the pace, getting you closer to the environment and making your safari more personal. Good closed walking shoes with solid soles to prevent thorn penetration, sun hats, insect repellant, long sleeve and long cotton trousers are recommended.
Binoculars and cameras are always an advantage. Please note minimum age is 13 years. Moving on foot brings to life the smaller intriguing species such as bagworms and processionary worms. Bush Trails are fully catered in Jubela's Camp, a rustic tented camp with rudimentary ablutions and facilities.
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