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Phophonyane guests enjoy a remarkable level of quiet, personal space and privacy together with professional and friendly service. A restful haven in a unique and serene setting, very conveniently located between the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Discerning Travellers, seeking those magical little hideaways, come to the end of their treasure hunt at Phophonyane, for Swazi legend relates the romantic tale of a beautiful maiden and her love for a handsome warrior. For her hand he had to present her with the skin of a leopard which he had to hunt for on the rugged Gobolondlo Mountain.

While hunting on the mountain-side he was seized by resident witches who turned him into a white flower, condemning him for his trespassing to bloom and die among the mountain grasses.

When after many days the warrior had still not returned, the lamenting maiden sat on the river's edge where her inexhaustible tears flowed to form the Phophonyane waterfalls. T.V. Bulpin in his book "Lost trails of the Transvaal" as part of his description of the Piggs Peak area writes "As a final masterpiece the Phophonyane (little river of waterfall) went tumbling down nearby from the edge of the heights, in a spectacular rush that is one of the most beautiful cascades in Africa."

Phophonyane is situated high in the mountains with the rugged Gobolondlo and Makhonjwa ranges as a backdrop and those craving a natural environment for soul nourishment get body and soul reunited here.

A hot tip from your local connection, take a walk before breakfast down to the waterfall. You wil get a chance to see some of the 250 species of birds boasted by Phophonyane. One of them will be the elusive Narina Tragon which has made Phophonyane its home.

Phophonyane Falls Lodge is situated in the northwest of Swaziland. The lodge is easily accessible from the MR1 route passing north-south between Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and is a popular stop for self-drive travellers.

The lodge also serves as a usual stop-over en route to Mozambique, especially for those following the scenic route via Barbeton and Bulembu.

The GPS coordinates for Phonyane Lodge are: S 25° 53.902' and E 31° 17.674'


Location More Info

Hotel Address: P.O. Box 199, Piggs Peak

Getting there

FROM JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG Head towards Witbank on the N12 which will connect you to 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. 41km further on turn left at the T-junction towards Warburton on the N17. This road leads directly to the Oshoek border post. Continue on this road (MR3) for approximately 8 kms, before you will turn left onto the MR1 which leads to Piggs Peak. Once you've taken this turn-off, travel for approximately 50 km before you reach Piggs Peak. Travel straight through Piggs Peak for approximately 14km further, before you will reach Phophonyane Falls Lodge sign/turn-off towards your left and drive for about 4.4 km on a dirt road. It is advisable to arrive before dark i.e 5.30pm because the road can get tricky in the dark.

FROM DURBAN, KWA-ZULU NATAL Take the N2 North towards Pongola. 20 Kilometres before Pongola, turn right towards the Golela border post. Follow the road into Swaziland towards Big Bend (MR8). Travel through Big Bend for approximately 75 kms and you will reach a T-junction. Turn left onto the MR3 towards Manzini. Continue straight through Manzini, and continue following the MR3, which leads towards the Oshoek border post. Approximately 14 kms further on, turn onto the MR1 to Piggs Peak. Travel straight through Piggs Peak for approximately 14 km further, and you will reach the Phophonyane Falls Lodge sign / turn-off towards your left, drive for 4.4 km on a dirt road. It is advisable to arrive before dark i.e 5.30 pm because the road can get tricky in the dark.

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 towards Pigg's Peak for approximately 30 km. Pass the Peak Fine Craft Centre and Orion Hotel entrance. Drive for about 1km then you will see the sign / turn-off to Phophonyane Falls Lodge on your right., drive for 3 km on a dirt road. It is advisable to arrive before darki.e 5.30 pm because the road can get tricky in the dark.