This resort was booked by our tour company, and anyone who takes tours knows there are ups and down in every trip. I was a little wary, having read so many negative reviews, but the stay turned out to be very enjoyable.
Let's discuss the good things first: The staff was friendly and willing to help any way they could. (1) Richard, went out of his way to arrange a weekend for our group of 14. Some wanted shopping, some wanted a look at culture, and our group leader wanted to see the Reed Dance, which was predicted for that weekend. We got all of our wishes taken care of-- that included the cultural village, the local market, the arts and crafts center, Swazi Candle, a great little restaurant, and the Reed Dance which culminates the King's search for a new wife. the day we were there, we saw over 3000 dancers, members of the royal family and the king. (2) we had some good meals accompanied by some good wine, and filling breakfasts (3) Yes this is an old lodging, and yes, it does need upkeep, and yes the plumbing leaves a lot to be desired, the baths are not the best construction for older travelers --- On the other hand, the beds were comfortable, the birds were plentiful and singing, the pool was lovely, although too cool for most of us. The pants I spilled salad dressing on were hand laundered and returned for wearing the next day. The scarf I bought at the market doubled as a requisite skirt for visiting the Reed Dance festivities, and I left the area in a very good frame of mind, and very pleased with the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Framed by Malolotja's majestic peaks rests Swaziland's northern highland Paradise, Hawane Resort. Situated 2 hours south of Kruger Park, 3.5 hours from Johannesburg and west of Mozambique, the breathtaking beauty of the area and it's spectacular views transport visitors into a mult-dimensional experience which offer as much adventure, solitude, adrenaline or tranquility as desired ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawane Hotel Mbabane