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Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We stayed here in winter in a tent which had a very effective heater and warmed the place up in no time. The main lodge and terrace are pretty and there are lots of birds including iridescent sunbirds round the flowering bushes. There was a blazing fire at night in the lodge but a bit of a pecking order: the more you spent on accommodation the nearer you were to the fire, so being in a tent we were seated by the windows where it was rather cold. The food was warm and good, however.
The pool looked lovely and had it been summer we would have swum.
Best of all were the gorgeous grounds. We spent a full day doing the longest walk offered and walked up to the roof of the world where we had, it seemed, views of all of Swaziland. We saw a lot of beautiful birds. Be warned: it's very steep so if you're not fit, don't do it.
The staff were friendly and the owner was helpful and took the trouble to chat to everyone who was staying.
I'd come back here but in the summer so I could really enjoy the grounds and swim in the pool.

Room Tip: The tents are good fun and very comfortable
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Found this place totally by chance and we were so impressed. The lodge is beautiful and so in touch with nature. The waterfall hike and natural pool were such a pleasure and the staff were so friendly.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We had a Beehive for two nights and what a relaxing place this is. Staff are really helpful but be prepared to rough it a bit ! The power went off one night but you are given an emergency torch. No power means no fan and it did get warm as only small windows and door to open to get a breeze in but you live. Food was good.We fell asleep at night to the sound of the falls and what an impressive sight they are. There are plenty of nature trails ranging from half an hour to two hours and have stunning views.
Well worth a stay if you are close by, but showing it's age a bit.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We stayed for 3 nights in tent 5 at this beautiful retreat. Although the weather was rather wet this didn't detract from the beauty of the place. The tent had everything you needed with a well appointed bathroom behind. The staff were very helpful.
The lounge area was well set up for cosying up with a book or a game of chess.
Meals are ordered in advance and the menu surprisingly rounded for a small establishment. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool and hills was ample.
Probably not suitable for those with walking difficulties due to the amount of steps around the site. Guided walking trails are well marked with some fabulous views.
I wouldnt hesitate to return

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in Tent 5 despite the rainy weather that we've been having and thanks for posting so soon after your visit. We very much appreciate your descriptive and positive review.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

We stayed at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve for 3 nights as part of a family summer trip. We stayed in two of the tented cabins with attached bathrooms which we found to be comfortable and a break from the ordinary accommodation. The nature reserve has lots of hikes, the food at the restaurant kept us interested for three days of breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone in the family enjoyed their stay.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

We greatly appreciate your positive feedback on Phophonyane and are very pleased that you enjoyed the tents, as well the service of our staff and the food. Good to know that the whole family had a good time over the three days!

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Additional Information about Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve

Address: Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve | PO Box 199, Piggs Peak H108, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Hhohho District > Piggs Peak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Piggs Peak
Price Range: R1 284 - R5 054 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2,5 star — Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A place of legendary romance and breathtaking natural scenery. Choose between comfortable cottages, riverside safari tents or luxury traditional Swazi beehives, each blending into the lush sub-tropical forest. Enjoy healthy home-cooked meals and fine wines in our stylish restaurant with a roaring log fire. Small library and internet room. Refreshing natural rock pools, a stunning hilltop pool with views, waterfalls, walks, hikes and excellent birdwatching. A secluded hideaway for travelers seeking a magical retreat. ... more   less 

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