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Phophonyane Falls, Eco lodge, Swaziland 

entrance to Phophonyane phophonyane entrance

Phophonyane Lodge

 beehive accommodation

 Phophonyane Lodge, Swaziland's own special little hideaway is quietly tucked away in it's own nature reserve in this place of legendary romance and breathtaking natural surroundings.

The Phophonyane river runs through the reserve in a series of waterfalls and cascades with the sound of running water providing an ever present sense of calm at the lodge. A network of walkways lead one from the accommodation through the water gardens which finally merge with the rivers edge onto a spectacular display of one of the world's oldest rock formation (3.5 billion years).

The walking trails network within the reserve takes you through the riverine forest punctuated with designated viewpoints some of which command a view of the majestic Makhonjwa and Gobolondlo Mountain ranges and the Ntfonjeni valley. The Phophonyane Nature Reserve is home to small mammals such as red duiker, Cape clawless otter, bush buck and a remarkable 230 bird species including the elusive Narina Trogon, purple crested lourie and the wood owl.

 beehive accommodation interior cottage 3 interior

cottage 3 exterior cottage accommodation exterior 

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.

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 have self-catering facilities for optional convenience and independence . Secluded viewing decks, refreshing natural rock pools, and a stunning hilltop swimming pool with views to the distant horizon are further enticing characteristics. A small library, Internet connection, conference room and team of friendly Swazi staff make every wish possible with a nod and a smile.

handicraft shop at phophonyane phophonyane shop exterior 

 

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. A restaurant and a bar are available on the premises.

phophonyane tent 3    phophonyane tent kitchen

phophonyane rockpool 

 

In the evening the gardens are adorned with a warm gentle glow from a network of pathway lights that lead you to the stylishly furnished restaurant where you are treated to home cooked meals.

 phophonyane falls garden

One can enjoy a sundowner on the restaurant veranda overlooking the valley. For those chilly wintry nights one can enjoy a romantic evening in front of an open log fire.

phophonyane falls viewing deck

phophonyane falls eco lodge, restaurant

 

Restaurant

The Driftwood Restaurant at Phophonyane has a romantic and tasteful African ambience, spaciously laid out with high ceilings 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. The magnificent viewing deck is always available to guests for meals at their request.

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.

Good reception for all South African and Swazi cell networks is available at the Lodge.

In the evening the gardens are adorned with a warm gentle glow from a network of pathway lights that lead you to the stylishly furnished restaurant where you are treated to home cooked meals.

One can enjoy a sundowner on the restaurant veranda overlooking the valley. For those chilly wintry nights one can enjoy a romantic evening in front of an open log fire.

        restaurant pool    restaurant from outside    restaurant at night

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)
 
gobolondlo forest  phophonyane, gobolondlo forest walking trail
Gobolondo Mountain Drive
Take the twenty minutes climb and be rewarded with the most beautiful 360º panorama. Look west to where the Lomati, Shashawane and Shelangubo rivers traverse the Makhonjwa Hills and the Sondeza Mountain ranges, creating spectacular gorges. Futher South Bulembu Mountain towers over the Bulembu Village and forestry plantations, soaring to an impressive 1862 metres, the highest Mountain in the Kingdom. Cast your eyes to the South of Bulembu into the majestic Malolotja Mountain reserve and the Ngwenya Mountain. To the east views extend down to the lowveld where the Mnjoli and Sand River Dams glimmer in the distance against the Lubombo Range in the background.  To the north the Ntfonjeni valley sprawls beneath you displaying Swazi homestead life and across the border to South Africa where Lake Matsamo soothes the eye. On the short but steep walk up the mountain the nature lover will marvel at the lichen covered rock formations, the stands of montane forest with soaring tree ferns, and the array of mountain flowers.
 
The Nsangwini Bushman Paintings
Overlooking the Maguga dam and the lower Komati River, these awe inspiring rock paintings are located in the hills in the Nsangwini area. Ancient figures meticulously drawn on the rock in the cave portray the dance, fight and hunting of a period naturally lived.

The spectacular "birdmen" painting especially provokes the mind, as one wonders whether this was the portrayal of the spiritual component of life in the Nsangwini Rock Shelter. Through human beings quest for lucid detail, these paintings have been outlined but still remain a prehistoric artistic display of an ancient way of life written on the rock by our ancestors

mountain biking nature 

 monkey in the garden

RACK RATES FROM 1 DECEMBER 2014 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2015

Currency South African Rand

Accommodation

Per person

3rd Adult

Child (4-6)

Child (7-12)

Single

Cottage 1 & 2

1025.00

925.00

406.00

575.00

1470.00

Cottage 3

1025.00

-

-

-

1470.00

Beehive 1

1095.00

-

-

-

1525.00

Beehive 2

1095.00

995.00

445.00

655.00

1525.00

Tent 1 - 4

700.00

615.00

280.00

385.00

980.00

Tent 5 & 6

800.00

700.00

360.00

470.00

1165.00

High Season

Accommodation

Per person

3rd Adult

Child (4-6)

Child (7-12)

Single

Cottage 1 & 2

1150.00

1025.00

450.00

636.00

1650.00

Cottage 3

1150.00

-

-

-

1650.00

Beehive 1

1233.00

-

-

-

1715.00

Beehive 2

1233.00

1105.00

490.00

730.00

1715.00

Tent 1 - 4

800.00

690.00

310.00

430.00

1112.00

Tent 5 & 6

900.00

788.00

763.00

510.00

1295.00

  • Rates Include Breakfast and 14% Tax
  • All guests are subject to an entrance fee of R30.00 per adult and R20.00 per child.
  • High Season rates apply during Easter Weekend, South African Long Weekends and between the 15th of December 2014 and 5th January 2015.
  • Reservations are confirmed once a deposit of 50% the total accommodation amount has been received.
  • The Swaziland Tourism Authority introduced a bed levy of E7.50 per night per bed occupied from February 1, 2013. Please note that this will be added to the guest's account at time of departure.

Cancellation fees

  • For reservations cancelled less than 21 days but more than 10 days before arrival, 40% of the deposit amount shall be forfeited.
  • For reservations cancelled 10 days or less before arrival, the total deposit amount will be forfeited.
  • For cancellations before the above periods a 25% administration fee shall apply.
  • Rates are subject to change without notice.

 

 

  • Rates Include Breakfast and 14% Tax
  • All guests are subject to an entrance fee of R20.00 per adult and R10.00 per child.
     
  • High Season rates apply during Easter Weekend, South African Long Weekends and between the 15th of December 2009 and 5th January 2010.
  • Reservations are confirmed once a deposit of 50% the total accommodation amount has been received. 

 waterfall viewpoint








 

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