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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: 9 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 31
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 27 Reviews


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

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Reviews for Phophonyane Falls Lodge & Nature Reserve

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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.

Simonne de Doncker, Belgium
25 May 2016

Nice place to relax and enjoy nature.

Kobus Grobler, South Africa
02 April 2016

Phophonyane is a beautiful place and the gardens are heavenly. We do however feel that the price of accommodation is quite steep for South Africans. 

Sarah Manzie, South Africa
26 October 2015

What a pity we could only manage one night. Friendly staff, great food, relaxing atmosphere in amongst nature with wonderful views.

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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

Things to do in and around Piggs Peak

Malolotja Canopy Tour

(24.3 km from Piggs Peak)

Glide through the forest canopy in one of Swaziland’s mountain wildernesses. Close to the famous Malolotja Falls and set within the forested Sihlotswane gorge, the Malolotja Canopy Tour offers a three-hour thrilling adventure. The tour takes guests...

Makhonjwa Mountains

(27.5 km from Piggs Peak)

The Makhonjwa Mountains around Barberton are renowned for their ancient green rocks with their unique scientific record of the pre-history of the earth and for the human stories in pursuit of hidden gold.Also referred to as the ‘Genesis of Life’,...

Barberton Museum

(28.5 km from Piggs Peak)

Get bunged up with local knowledge at the Barberton Museum where the geology, mining, Swazi history and general history of Barberton are displayed, as well as Belhaven and Stopforth House Museums, Fernlea Museum and the Block House.Find out about...

Barberton Steam Locomotive

(29.5 km from Piggs Peak)

Take a slow stroll along the Heritage Walk from Barberton Museum to see a relic from yesteryear. This lovely old locomotive was brought to Barberton on its own steam in 1971, having served on the railway line between Barberton and Kaapmuiden from...