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Hawane Resort
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Reviewed December 24, 2010

We stayed in Hawane for four nights with my wife and two small children, and it was excellent ! We had initially planned to spend a few days in Malolotja (about 10 kms from Hawane) but we couldn't because the water pump broke down... Since Malolotja's manager is the same as Hawane, he had already organized our transfer to Hawane resort, and we were greeted warmly to the resort.
We arrived at night, and the atmosfera was so Scottish, the gentle hills being bathed in the myst. The restaurant was perfect, very cosy with a big fire to warm us.
In a nutshell, we really enjoyed our stay in Hawane, and definitely recommend it !

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank Stolypine
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

We spent 2 nights at Hawane Resort and it was just the relaxing, tranquil break we needed. Sipping on some of the finest wines in the ever colourful sunken lounge was a wonderful warm up to the fantastic meals we sat down to eat.....food was diverse in tastes to suit all our pallattes. Our rooms were all unique in colour and very welcoming, the beds ever so comfortable with a stunning ambiance. We sat outside our chalets on a picnic blanket with our cups of coffee and gazed into the wondernous of the evening sky.....the stars were in abundance, the night so peaceful. Just a short drive up the road we were at the Maguga Dam where we spent a wonderful evening on the Houseboat (where one can fish) sipping sundowners surrounded by mountains. We even heard the cry of a hippo, so exciting!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 11, 2009

Lovely bungalows, smartly designed and based on the beehive model, therefore quite cool, but with plenty of light inside thanks to the windows on one sight. The bathroom is a quirky design out of concrete/cement, which is painted in bright colours. (although the bath does not seem to be insulated, which makes the water go cold very quickly).
I stayed in chalet 15 but moved to room 2, as there is construction going on across the road, which is a bit closer to 15, as is the parking lot (people leaving early in the morning). The noise of the construction is not overbearing, and not a reason not to stay at Hawane but I just wanted a very quiet place.
Chalet 2 lacked the pretty see-through curtains that gave the chalet no 15 a kind of romantic touch, but mostly the chalets were similar.
Very comfortable was that there were plenty of sockets to re charge camera’s, phones etc. And there are coffee and tea-making facilities.
Internet however, is only available at reception at a rate and very slow (dial up).

Do not expect this place to be in the middle of nowhere; it is next to a horseriding school, there are some businesses on the same road, and from the property you can see the main road.
But it is a very relaxed place and reasonably quiet. Although I did not understand why –with not all chalets occupied- they kept placing people in neighbouring chalets. The cottages are not soundproof, and rather close together. You can hear people talking. In this case it meant the first night I was next to a family with a child that was crying.

It is not an overly luxuourus place, although the spa (only massages when I was there) would suggest so. But it is a good standard, very comfortable and a good value for money, as the facilities such as the reastaurant (nice food) and the lodges are very pleasant. The pool looked nice, but it is no use for swimming; it is even smaller than in the photo’s, as it is divided in two by (underwater) rocks.

Location: It is on the road from the M3 to Piggs Peak, exit from the M3 close to Ngwenya (which is 10 minutes drive from border with S-A) and drive for about 7 km.
It is close to a beautiful nature park, Malolotja and close to sights such as the glass factory, at Ngwenya, the dam near Piggs Peak and even places like the cultural village can be easily done in a day trip.
There is also backpackers accommodation, but I would think that you need a car, or be willing to hitchhike or take taxibusses to get anywhere.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled solo
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2  Thank Kamante
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Reviewed December 4, 2008

Hawane Resort is designed as a Swazi village, complete with surrounding wattle fence and a rivulet meandering between the huts. The reet-thatched huts or Chalets are comfortable, with fine beds and linen.
If you want privacy you will probably like chalets number 13 or 19, with outdoor seating and the biggest distance to the more ferquented areas like reception or restaurant.

During our four day stay my wife and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Hawane, combined with their outdoor opportunities: Horseback riding through the green rolling hills, hiking or mountain biking in Malolotja Nature Reserve. We particularly enjoyed the night on their houseboat on a dam nearby, a favorite location for bass fishermen.

Hospitality is particularily warm and welcoming. The chef at the all-day restaurant cooks good "African fusion" food and the wine cellar is well stocked.

For families with kids their additional hostel-type accomodation in a converted former horse stable is a unique experience and easy on your or your kids wallett.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michaele5
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Reviewed March 25, 2008

I, my wife and my baby daughter stayed there for three nights, and used it as a base to explore.

The resort has an excellent location.The country isn't very big, but the resort is particularly well located for visits to the Ezulwini Valley, Ngwenya Glass and Milwane Wildlife sanctuary. I also liked the highveld setting, away from the mosquitoes and the lot.
The chalet was comfortable, and the goose feather duvets were soft and warm. The style was a very westernized version of a Swazi hut, but we really liked it. Especially from the outside the place vagualy gave the impression of a little pre-colonial Swazi village. The downside of that is that all chalets face inward, and don't make the most of the vistas on the nearby hills.

The style of the place is appealing, but the "African fusion" restuarant serves neither terribly authentic African, nor outstandingly delicious or original food. If you do stay at Hawane, don't miss a visit to Endladeni restuarant in the Ezulwini valley if you really want to experience Swazi cooking. There are many other places to eat in Ezulwini if you simply want delicious food.
We ended up eating all our dinners at the resort, simply because it was convenient and we could stay out late because of the baby.

On accommodation alone, I thought the Phophonyane Falls Lodge, that we stumbled upon during our stay at Hawane, seemed to offer better value at roughly the same price. They also had "bee hive" Swazi style huts, though perhaps not in a whole cluster that appears to resemble a little village, as Hawane does.Also the location is also a bit farther out from the heart of Swaziland's tourist attractions.

Make no mistake we really did enjoy our stay.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank kwaaikat
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