Hawane Resort is situated 2 h south of Kruger Park and just 3.5 h from Johannesburg. This Swaziland resort is well-situated for exploring the north-western area of the kingdom and is only 45 min from the attractions of Ezulwini.
Wide open spaces, rolling grassy hills and towering granite "koppies" (small hills) are features of the highveld regions of Swaziland and Hawane Resort has all of this within its panoramic views. The resort promises a multi-dimensional experience which can include adventure and adrenaline, as well as solitude and tranquillity. From a distance, the resort blends into the landscape like so many traditional Swazi villages, but upon entering the perimeter "boma" fence, you are immediately aware that this is a very high-quality and well-maintained venue. The internal gardens are beautifully maintained and the fountains, streams and other water features provide a continual relaxing sound of bubbling water.
As an accommodation base, the resort offers 23 ensuite chalets. The units blend Swiss Alps-style peaked roofs with traditional Swazi grass domes. The inside is natural, earthy and artistic with the bathrooms in particular offering a unique bath and shower combination that resembles a natural rock pool.
There are some family units and a backpacker style self-catering hostel as well.
The resort includes the very popular Taste of Africa restaurant, under the management of acclaimed chef Richard Warangoloo, an active stable facility with a large variety of horses, swimming pool, conference facilities, sauna and a bar/games room.
Hawane Resort is situated in north-west Swaziland just outside the capital of Mbabane and bordering Malolotja Nature Reserve. It is adjacent to Hawane Dam.
This offers opportunities for walking, canoeing and bird-watching, whilst the extensive Malolotja Nature Reserve with its various day hikes is right next door.
The famous Ngwenya glass factory is a mere 15 min away, as well as the Ngwenya Mine. This historical facility and museum includes the oldest human mine in the world, which is due to be submitted for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Maguga Dam, Piggs Peak, Bulembu Village and the Nsangwini Bushman paintings are all within an easy 30-45 min drive.
GPS Coordinates: for Hawane Resort are: 26° 12.874'S and 31° 4.273'E
Hotel Address: Hawane, Mbabane
FROM JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG:
Head towards Witbank on the N12 or N4. Pass Witbank and Middleburg, and take the R33 turn-off towards Carolina. On exiting Carolina stay with the R33 which turns right straight after the railway line. 41 km further on, turn left at the T-junction towards Warburton on the N17. This road leads directly to the Oshoek border post. Approximately 7.5 km after you have gone through the border, take the MR1 turn-off left towards Piggs Peak. Travel for approximately 4 km to reach the turn-off to Hawane on your left. Follow the signs, and travel for approximately 1.5 km further on the gravel road before you reach the resort.
FROM DURBAN, KWA-ZULU NATAL:
Take the N2 North towards Pongola. 25 km before Pongola, turn right towards the Golela border post. From here follow the MR8 road towards Big Bend, and from there on to Manzini turning left onto the MR3. From Manzini, don't take any turn-off; continue on the MR3 highway towards Oshoek. Approximately 7.5 km before Oshoek border, turn right towards Piggs Peak on the MR1. Travel for approximately 4 km before you will reach the turn-off to Hawane, on your left. Follow the signs, and travel for approximately 1.5 km on the gravel road before you reach the resort.
FROM NELSPRUIT, MPUMALANGA:
From Nelspruit, follow the N4 in an easterly direction. Take the R570 turn-off right after Malelane. This road leads directly to Jeppes Reef border post. Follow MR1 road through Pigg's Peak. Approx. 45 km after Piggs Peak turn-off right to Hawane. Follow the signs, and travel for approximately 1.5 km on a gravel road before you reach the resort.