Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge is nestled in the dramatic mountain landscape of north-west Swaziland, amid tumbling waterfalls and lush natural forests. It is a favourite destination for discerning travellers and nature lovers seeking a romantic and revitalising hideaway in a setting of stunning natural beauty. The Ecolodge is designed to maximize the experience of our special environment, and to ensure that we fully live up to our motto of "Peace, Privacy, Paradise".
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.
Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge is situated in its own 600 ha private nature reserve which offers Pristine, high biodiversity middleveld escarpment habitat
240 bird species, including good sightings of the narina trogon, wood owl, African goshawk, crowned eagle and other forest species
Hiking trails through lush sub-tropical bush and riverine forests, leading to breath taking views of the waterfalls, cascades and the surrounding mountains
Forest game including red duiker, bushbuck, clawless otter, civet, caracal, porcupine, bushpig and water mongoose.
Swimming in the rock pool situated just above the Phophonyane Falls which commands a spectacular view of the valley below
The Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve is an important geological site and is host to some of the oldest rocks in the world, ranging in age from 3.5 billion to 3. 2 billion years old which are displayed in a spectacular fashion along the Phophonyane River.
In Room Facilities:
Phophonyane offers the following types of accommodation
Double Storey Thatched Cottages (self catering)
Single Storey Cottage (self catering)
Luxury Safari Tents
Tented Camp (self-catering)
Standard Safari Tents
There are 11 units in all, sleeping a total of 28.
The units are well spaced out in the lodge's extensive tropical gardens which feature streams, waterways and ponds. This gives privacy and ensures an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Community Homestead Walk. Guided walks to the nearby local community are an excellent way of learning about Swazi rural life. Guests are also encouraged to visit the local primary school and interact with the schoolchildren and the teachers. The guide will answer your questions about Swazi cultural and traditional life.
Gobolondo Ridge Trail. This is perhaps the most scenic of all hikes in Swaziland. It follows the Gobolondo Mountain Ridge through rare montane forest , with views over the Makhonjwa Mountains, Lake Matsamo and east towards Mananga Mountain and the Lubombo Escarpment.
GUIDED 4X4 DRIVES:
Gobolondo Mountain Drive
This takes you to one of Swaziland's most dramatic viewpoints. Guests can either take the 20 minute hike up the mountain or the longer trail along the mountain ridge.
Nsangwini Rock Art Centre
Located 10km south east of Pigg's Peak, the Centre sits high above the Komati River. An estimated 4000 years ago, the San (Bushman) people used Swaziland's western highveld granite areas, including Nsangwini, for spiritual rituals and recorded iconic moments in their lives through etchings on the ancient rocks.