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".
Phophonyane is 70 kms south of the Kruger National Park's Malelane Gate, and strategically located for independent travellers visiting the KNP and eastern Mpumalanga, and the attractions of northern KwaZulu-Natal such as Isimangaliso Wetland Park, St. Lucia, Hluhluwe-Mfolozi, and Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay.
The accommodation is set in spacious gardens with running streams, ponds and waterways. A maximum of 28 guests have the choice of luxury beehive huts with spectacular valley views, well-equipped self-catering cottages with large private gardens facing the rugged Gobolondo Mountain or safari tents on decks tucked in the natural forest above the river.
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.
At the lodge one can enjoy spacious water gardens, viewing decks with panoramic views, a large swimming pool, a comfortable lounge, a well-stocked library and a stylishly furnished restaurant. Proximity to the waterfalls means that our guests will benefit from its well-known therapeutic effects- the negative ions that are known to relax, regenerate and refresh mind, body and soul.
The Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve falls within the Barberton Centre of Plant Endemism and protects the rich biodiversity of the increasingly threatened middleveld habitat. Besides its rich botanical diversity, the 600 ha reserve is home to a remarkable 240 species of birds and some of the world's most interesting geological features.
Walk along the magical forested trails and hear the mysterious hoot of the scarlet and emerald feathered narina trogon, the curious whistle of the red duiker, and bark of the elusive bushbuck. Rest and breathe the revitalizing air of the legendary Phophonyane waterfalls and cascades which tumble over several kilometres of beautifully exposed ancient gneiss, the world's oldest rock (formed over 3.6 billion years ago).