I've stayed in many places around Swaziland, and Phophonyane is definitely top for non-self-catering stays. The food is simple, healthy and home-cooked, with the most delicious freshly baked bread in the morning. This time my husband, three year old daughter and I stayed in Tent 5 and then Tent 6. Both of these tents have bathrooms attached to them. Tent 5 has a glorious high balcony (not suitable for the under-threes) with a view into the bush and the river below. The bathroom has a shower and a bath (the bath has a lovely view of the garden). Tent 6 is situated higher up the slope and does not have a large balcony nor the view of the river - but I liked it all the same, and got to see the tiny and I assume resident buck grazing around it. It has the advantage that the attached bathroom has a lot of space - with shelving and cupboard space. There is no bath. But the layout was great. Neither of the tents have fridges, although a kettle and water is supplied. If you need a fridge, I can recommend the smallest cottage (that I've stayed in previously)(it has a large garden and a view to the forest rather than to the valley - great for monkey watching). I'd definitely recommend staying a few nights here - it is tremendously peaceful with beautiful gardens and lovely hikes. Great staff too. The pool is good in summertime.
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- A place of legendary romance and breathtaking natural scenery. Choose between comfortable cottages, riverside safari tents or luxury traditional Swazi beehives, each blending into the lush sub-tropical forest. Enjoy healthy home-cooked meals and fine wines in our stylish restaurant with a roaring log fire. Small library and internet room. Refreshing natural rock pools, a stunning hilltop pool with views, waterfalls, walks, hikes and excellent birdwatching. A secluded hideaway for travelers seeking a magical retreat. ... more less
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