Beautifully situated in an ecotone where elements of highveld, middleveld and lowveld mingle, Phophonyane nature reserve offers a remarkable diversity of habitats in a small area (500 hectares).
The reserve contains outstanding views and landscapes, most notable the Phophonyane River, which tumbles down several hundred meters in a series of cascades and rock pools.
The water featured tropical gardens give privacy to the self-catering, fully furnished cottages and safari tents to ensure an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Both within the camp and spreading out across the nature reserve, a network of trails winds through the forest, crossing meandering waterways and finally culminating on the lip of the 80m high Phophonyane Falls. Exposed at this point are some of the world`s oldest rocks dated to 3.55 billion years.
Phophonyane is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Swaziland.Accommodation
Each unit is individually woven into the lush fabric of tall sub-tropical forest, and there is no place at the lodge where the soothing sound of the running water isn`t heard.
All meals can be enjoyed at the lodge`s renowned and stylishly furnished restaurant ,where healthy home-cooked meals and fine wines are a feature and a roaring log fire lulls the senses and warms the heart.Cottages
Cottages 1 & 2 - Are double storey thatched cottages, which sleep a maximum of 5 people, upstairs there is a double bed and a single bed and downstairs there are 2 single beds. The cottages are very comfortably furnished, with a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, braai facilities and a large private gardens.
Cottage 3 (Guest Suite) - A cozy one bedroom cottage with a double bed, en suite bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, covered verandah, braai facilities and a large private garden. This cottage is very popular with honeymoon couples.Beehives
Beehives 1 and 2 - The beehives are in a stunning location with a magnificent view over the waterfalls down to the valley below. The beehives are luxurious and very romantic versions of Swazi traditional accommodation, complete with windows and en suite bathrooms, done with natural materials and original artwork and ceramics.
Beehive 1 is extremely cosy and contains a king size bed and sleeps two. Beehive 2 is more spacious and contains a kingsize bed and a single bed and sleeps three.Tented Camps
Tented camp 1 (tents 1 & 2) - Situated near the river, these tents are large, originally designed for 6 but accommodated 3. Each tent has a double bed and a single bed, carpeting and electricity. These tents share a stone-and-thatch fully equipped kitchen, which has a lounge area and a balcony overhanging the river
Tented camp 2 (tents 3, 4, 5) - These tents are perched on stilts with their own private balcony overlooking the river. Each tent has a double bed and a single bed with the exception of tent 5, which has 2 single beds. They are fully carpeted and have electricity. These tents are non-self catering but there are braai facilities. Restaurant
The Driftwood Restaurant at Phophonyane has a romantic and tasteful African ambience, spaciously laid out and spectacular views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. The a-la-carte menu has a variety of dishes, including Swazi traditional dishes, and a wine list with a good selection of fine South African wines.
There is a very comfortable lounge area with a great collection of travel and art books, as well as a well stocked library for the convenience of guests.
Facilities & Services:
- Honeymoon Couples
- Wine Tasting
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Dining room
- Bar on the Premises
- Fireplace on the Premises
- Parking (off-street - covered)
- Other Language
- Swimming Pool
Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve Activities:
Phophonyane Falls offers:
* Swimming in the natural rock pool situated near the lower Phophonyane falls and commands a spectacular view of the valley below
* Walking trails leading to breathtaking views of the waterfalls, cascades and the surrounding mountains and forest.
* Small game such as red duiker and bushbuck.
* 230 bird species , Wood Owl and Bushbaby sounds and sightings.
* 4x4 drives to Gobolondlo Mountain, historical sites and to the Nsangwini bushmen paintings.
* The nature reserve and restaurant, which can be visited for lunch by day visitors.
* Day trips can be made to the Kruger National Park, which is only 70 km away.
* Self-guided excursions to art and craft markets and the wide expanses of Malololtja Nature Reserve and the giant Maguga Dam.
* Gobolondlo Mountain Drive (A panoramic Feast)
Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Rapid temperature changes can be experienced so be prepared for cool weather even in summer. In winter, mornings and nights can be very chilly, yet it can get hot during the day.
Good walking shoes are essential for the hikes in and around the nature reserve.
Binoculars are necessary to appreciate the prolific birdlife. It is also advisable to bring torches. No malaria cases have been reported but mosquito repellent is necessary during summer.
Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve Guest Reviews
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I enjoyed staying at Phophonyane Falls Lodge and being able to speak my limited siSwati I learned many years ago in Peace Corps. I also enjoyed talking with the co-owner about Swaziland and thank him for his gracious use of his computer.
Rating: Reviewed by Krohn over a year ago
Would be excellent, but getting a bit run down.
Rating: Reviewed by Adrian Nel over a year ago
A most beautifully kept exquisite place with the soothing sound of waterfalls and streams wherever you go.Extremely well-marked walking trails.Friendly staff and great home-style cooking. Pricey, as rates don't include dinner but really worth it.
Rating: Reviewed by Maureen Woolf over a year ago
We spent three very relaxing nights and two full days at Phophonyane Falls Lodge and Nature Reserve after a long and tiring journey from the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Nature Reserve. The lodge is ideally situated for stopping over to or from the Kruger NP, the Drakensberg Mountains or the East Coast, as in our case, or for a longer holiday in Swaziland. It is accessed from a gravel track north of Piggs Peak which can be a little difficult to navigate in the dark but all that can be forgiven once you arrive. Although a little more expensive than other accommodation we had booked during this trip to RSA and Swaziland, it was still very good value (particularly for European visitors) and the self-catering Cottage 3 met our needs - a very private, quiet and tranquil setting with awe-inspiring views and none of the adjacent accommodation visible from our own deck. Although the accommodation was well-used it was individually designed, with a fully equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom (with w.c., sink and shower), a good bed, hanging space, clean, functional and with a real African feel to it - not just another anonymous hotel room. Perhaps the paintings on the wall did not do it justice. We did not use the cooking facilities because the a la carte restaurant provided a very reasonably priced menu with sufficient variety and quality for our stay. Having to place our dinner order before 5.00 p.m. initially seemed strange but we did not then have to wait at all to be served at our pre-arranged dinner time. Taking breakfast each morning on the terrace by the pool looking at the beautiful mountain scenery was breath-taking. The self-guided trails in the nature reserve are well marked and of various grades of difficulty and length to suit most reasonably fit walkers and the views are quite spectacular. Although we did not partake of them ourselves, the lodge offers a number of activities, guided trails, 4x4 drives etc., that are also reasonably priced. The hosts and staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful during our stay and the courtesy car wash before leaving was a very nice gesture. The management culture at the lodge is clearly aimed at being friendly, professional and a very high level of service delivery to make visitors feel welcome. The tranquil and peaceful setting adds to the ambience and I would highly recommend this to anybody seeking a relaxing holiday.
Rating: Reviewed by Paul Smith over a year ago