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About Phophonyane Falls Lodge & Nature Reserve

Phophonyane Falls Lodge, Swaziland's own unique hideaway is quietly tucked away in its own 500 ha nature reserve in a 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 water gardens which merge with the rivers edge onto a spectacular display of one of the world's oldest rock formations (3.6 billion years). The walking trails network within the reserve takes you through the riverine forest interspersed with 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.

Guests at Phophonyane are guaranteed a high level of privacy and personal service. The 26 bed lodge offers accommodation in safari tents, family cottages, luxury beehives and a honeymoon suite, with some self-catering units. Each unit is individually woven into the lush fabric of tall sub-tropical forest. 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. On cool winter nights, a roaring log fire lulls the senses and warms the heart.

Secluded viewing decks, refreshing natural rock pools, and a stunning hilltop swimming pool with views to the distant horizon are further enticing characteristics. Other facilities include a small library, internet room and TV room with DSTV. Phophonyane has one of the most attractive and best stocked crafts shops in Swaziland.

Our guests always comment on the quality and warmth of our team of friendly Swazi staff.


There are a number of nearby attractions. These are:

-a community hiking trail along the ridge of Gobondlo


-The spectacular Maguga Dam where canoe trips can be


-Malolotja Nature Reserve, one of Southern Africa’s

prime mountain areas, with excellent hiking and game


-Bushman paintings.

-The ‘gap’, where the Komati River disappears


-Matsamo Cultural Center and Restaurant.

-Peak Fine Craft and Restaurant.

-Orion Pigg’s Peak Hotel and Casino, which offers a

number of facilities to Phophonyane guests, including

riding facilities, mountain bikes, tennis and squash

and gym.

-Bulembu village, an old mining town set in the

mountains, with hiking trails and guided tours of the


-Mondi Forest Plantations which occurs along the

boundary of the nature reserve and offers excellent

jogging and mountain biking trails.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 31
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 30 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
* Please enquire for further details.

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  • Luxury Tents Luxury Tents Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 3 Tent 5 with queen bed, large deck, carpeting and electricity. En-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Tent 3 & 6 with... see more
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      • Campsite Campsite Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 2 Tents with a double bed and a single bed, carpeting and electricity. These tents share a stone-and-thatch fully equipped... see more Features:  Private bathroom, Separate toilet, Outdoor shower
        • Rooms Adults
          • Beehive 1 Beehive 1 Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Stylishly ethnic beehive in a stunning location with a magnificent view over the waterfalls to the valley below. King... see more
            • Adults
              • Cottage 1 Cottage 1 Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Double storey open plan thatched cottage. Queen size bed plus single bed upstairs, and downstairs there are 2 single... see more
                • Adults
                  • Cottage 3 Cottage 3 Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering A cosy one bedroom cottage with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower only. Fully equipped kitchen, covered... see more
                    • Adults
                      • Beehive 2 Beehive 2 Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Stylishly ethnic beehive in a stunning location with a magnificent view over the waterfalls to the valley below. King... see more
                        • Adults
                          • Cottage 2 Cottage 2 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Double storey open plan thatched cottage. Queen size bed upstairs, and downstairs there are 2 single beds. Bathroom with... see more
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                              • Standard Tent Standard Tent Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B These Tents have one double and one single beds, with a balcony over looking the river. The bathroom is a few metres... see more
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                                  Reviews for Phophonyane Falls Lodge & Nature Reserve

                                  30 guest reviews Reviews of

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                                  Marinda Bohnsack
                                  03 September 2019

                                  We booked 2 luxury tents together.They were far apart and we had to downgrade to a standard to be together.Although this was comfortable enough, we were overcharged on our invoice by R612.00

                                  Valencia Mosadi
                                  03 December 2018

                                  NATURE,TREES ,WATERFALL

                                  Adri van der Watt
                                  08 October 2018

                                  Unfortunately we only stayed one night en route from iSimangaliso to Gauteng. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The garden is beautiful and the accommodation and restaurant is full of character. Breakfast was delightful. The walk back from the falls is a bit steep but worth the effort.

                                  Tim Leeson
                                  11 October 2017

                                  Phophonyane is an excellent place to escape to!A lush rainforest tucked away next to the stunning waterfall.

                                  Bekiwe Peppetta
                                  22 June 2017

                                  Lovely place. The most wonderful staff and food. The only downside would be that the stairs (really more of a ladder-type set-up) in the two-level cottages are not toddler friendly. Great place otherwise.

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                                  Phophonyane Falls Lodge & Nature Reserve is 8.4km from the centre of Piggs Peak , the nearest airport 61.1km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling