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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed January 15, 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...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

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!

Stavanger
Reviewed January 5, 2017

This was our tenth stay at Phophonyane Falls ecolodge and Nature reserve. We really appreciated also this stay. During the years they have improved the quality of the kitchen, the food was delicious. The staff is friendly and helpful. We enjoyed an almost 6 hours very nice walk from the lodge through a forest area, up to the highest mountain...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of Phophonyane and for once again choosing to stay with us. It is great to know that things continue to improve. The 6 hour mountain hike does feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and is something that we need to promote better. Nice to know that our guide...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 4, 2017

I had the pleasure of taking my family to stay for 5 nights at Phonphonyane over Xmas. All the staff went out of their way to make our visit pleasant and memorable. Our arrival had been unavoidably delayed by 5 hours - no problem the kitchen stayed open till after 11pm ! We enjoyed pleasant walks on well marked trails...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to write your positive review about your 5 day experience at Phophonyane. It is great to know that our staff provided the level of service you describe, and that you enjoyed the beehive so much. They are indeed a favourite with our guests. We hope to welcome you again next year!

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Reviewed January 2, 2017

Way off the beaten path, this lodge sets the standard in Swaziland for boutique accommodation. There are a variety of rooms ranging from relatively luxurious tents to beehive huts to virtual houses. The lodge area is beautiful and the food is delicious. There are hiking trails. The easiest leads to a lovely waterfall and does not take long. There is...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive feedback and lovely, descriptive review of Phophonyane. It is indeed widely used as a stopover between the Kruger Park (only 70 km to the north) and the many attractions of northern Kwazulu Natal. Our guests do take advantage of the activities available in the area, e.g. the canopy tour at Malolotja Nature Reserve,...

Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

Arrived at 11:30 am with family of 5 looking for a meal and cool drinks and a pool to swim in Was informed by reception kitchen opens at 12:30 and swimming pool is only for guests Upon enquiry to walk to rock pool with family informed there have been fatalities in past 2 years safety was a real concern for...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your important feedback on your day visit to Phophonyane. We are very sorry that you did not have the experience that you were anticipating. Indeed the swimming pool is only available for resident guests, which is a common practice for small, private lodges. The information regarding the use of the pool is clearly stated on the...

eMalahleni, South Africa
Reviewed December 11, 2016

Were in Swaziland for the first time. And found this remarkable place. Accomodations, Service etc. at high level.. (Only the platform beside the "nature pool" could be re-arranged a bit, but this is moaning on a high level:))

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We really appreciate your great feedback. Since we are always seeking perfection, we would be curious to know what your perspectives are on improving the platform by the nature pool!

Florence, Italy
Reviewed December 10, 2016

Great location and excellent services. The accomodation was comfortable, with a nice view and lovely decorated. There are hikes from the lodge and the waterfalls nearby are beautiful, as well as the dining area with its superb view. We loved our stay!

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We really appreciate your wonderful review. Great that you loved your stay and hope that you will be able to come and visit us again!

Reviewed November 22, 2016

We booked into Cottage 1 for a two-night stay and it was absolutely wonderful. The forest and natural surroundings are beautiful, the cottage was kitted out in all the amenities we could have wished for and the staff and people were incredibly friendly and helpful. We were very grateful for the mosquito nets over the beds, which meant we didn't...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your positive review and we are very happy that you enjoyed Phophonyane so much. We have taken much care to design and develop Phophonyane as a get-away that offers a high degree of peace and privacy so that our guests can leave refreshed and ready for the 'hustle of city life' as you put it!

Houthalen, Belgium
Reviewed November 22, 2016

Unfortunately we miscalculated our drive from Marloth park towards Pigs Peak, making us arrive at 17:00. The setting is really nice. In the middle of the forest, far away from everything. We drove 30 minutes into nothing before we got to the reception. This was quite some nice driving in the woods. Because of our late arrival, it was impossible...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your detailed feedback on your short stay at Phophonyane. This is very important to us. It's great that you managed to observe so much in such a short time. We are grateful that you mention a shortcoming in the warmth of the service, which is very unusual and which we have addressed with our staff. Let's...

Maputo, Mozambique
Reviewed November 20, 2016

This beautiful lodge is tucked away in a nature reserve in Piggs Peak. To get there you drive through mountains and forests, and at the lodge you are surrounded by the sounds of water flowing and birdsong. The owners have had the place since 1975 and have done an amazing job of creating individual lodges (with complete kitchens, lounge/dining areas),...

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Rod d, Owner at Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Your lovely review of Phophonyane is highly appreciated and we are so glad that you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for also mentioning the Geo Trail, which is a wonderful facility and experience and not nearly used enough.

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  • Breakfast included
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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 

Additional Information about Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve

Address: Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve | PO Box 199, Piggs Peak H108, Swaziland
Location: Swaziland > Hhohho District > Piggs Peak
Price Range: $42 - $86 (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
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“We enjoyed the tents close to the river, but the toilets are outside with a little to walk”
 of 5 bubbles Safarilusa, Jan 5, 2017 | Read review
“Do try a 'Beehive'”
 of 5 bubbles ConcordeRoom, Jan 4, 2017 | Read review
“Cottage 1 is fantastic and very comfortable. It sleeps 5 people: 1x double bed and 3x single beds”
 of 5 bubbles , Nov 22, 2016 | Read review
“Stay in a beehive”
 of 5 bubbles neilandlinz525, Sep 30, 2016 | Read review
“The Beehives & Tents looked much more fun”
 of 5 bubbles fjane2015, Jun 30, 2016 | Read review
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