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Sobantu Guest Farm -- this great little place, with gorgeous surroundings -- should be a must on any Swazi itinerary.
Sobantu Guest Farm sits about thirty kilometers north of Mbabane, just off the MR! to Piggs Peak. The MR32 branches east of MR1 about ten kilometers north of Hawane Dam at Mnyokane, on the way to Maguga Dam, and the well-signposted driveway up to Sobantu is three kilometers from this turn-off. It sits on a hillside with great one-hundred-eighty-degree views with a huge granite hill, easily climbed, as a backdrop.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The guest farm comprises a series of double and twin-bedded rondavels and the main house, which contains double rooms and a six-bed dorm. The dorm is neat enough, but a couple of the mattresses are a bit saggy. A couple of bedside tables keep your unpacked luggage off the floor. The clean, common toilet is right outside the dorm and there is a shower block just outside with hot water.
There is a large sitting area with tight-fitting aluminum doors to keep the breeze out, which is much needed in this high altitude in the hills. A central fireplace is lit in the evenings and there is a flat-screen DSTV with comfy sofas, plus some long tables, table football, and a pool table. The room is decorated with sculptures and artwork, as is the smaller inner seating area, also with DSTV, fireplace, comfy sofas, and a large table. The large windows give you a continuous daytime view of the valleys and hills outside.
There is a kitchen for self-caterers and this place is primarily a self-caterer's guesthouse. The kitchen has a very small and cheap menu for those, like us, who roll up unexpected, and a freezer full of ice cream! The bar, which doubles as the reception, has a good range of beers, spirits and soft drinks. The self-catering kitchen has a kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, and electric stove. Also included is a good selection of pots, pans, cutlery, and free coffee and tea. There is no Wi-Fi here, but they have a small book exchange. A sundeck is being built to add to the coziness.
This is a great place to stay among awesome scenery, and should be a compulsory stop for anyone wanting to experience the full breadth of what Swaziland has to offer.
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Published on 2016-10-07
Sobantu Guest Farm has comfortable double rooms, a DTSV lounge with fire place, very warm dormitories as accommodation. There are several small camping areas for tents. The views from the double rooms are exceptional and diverse. The self-catering kitchen allows you to cook with a view. Try your hand at milling your own mealie meal for the Swazi porridge with our hand mill, we will teach you to cook it the Swazi way. Cook potjieskos on open fire with cast iron three legged pots and braai your meat and vegetables on the hot coals.We prepare meals for you on request only. When available our venison potjieskos shouldn't be missed.
Our fully licenced bar is becoming popular and open daily from 8am to 2am, with a local music vibe and a great variety of drinks. In winter the coal-wood stove won't fail to warm you up while you have your favorite drink or snack. The service is very people friendly never failing to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Our budget day trips entail visits to San Rock Paintings, to the Gap (Esicancweni)(where the Nkomati disappears for 100 meter under rocks), to the Lubuyane waterfall (the best kept secret in our area) which tumbles for 25 meter to form the most perfect swimming rock pool, to Malolotja Nature Reserve and take advantage of all the fun it offers, to Hawane Stables for a scenic horse trail, even overnight if you have the stamina, to the local crafters (soapstone and wood carving). Regular shuttles to Pigg's Peak or Mbabane for those who come without car happen every other day and give you a chance to check your e-mail, do your supplying and banking. We do stock basic groceries.
Our relative proximity to the Kruger National Park Malelane gate in South Africa has turned Sobantu into an overnight stop for those tourists who go to or come from Kruger Park and want to see Swaziland's natural beauty on their way.
At Sobantu Guest Farm we have tried to do that extra effort and gave attention to details which created a pleasing atmosphere which will guarantee the visitor a worthwhile stay. But by all means come and see for yourself. We expect phone landline connection in 2002 but you have to bear with us and leave message on our cell phone(s). You can just come there is plenty of space most of the time!
Sobantu Guest Farm Pricing:
120 ZAR per dorm bed
200 ZAR single room
250 ZAR double room
350 ZAR traditional round rondavels with ensuite toilet and shower
They stock basic groceries and frozen food. Health breakfasts and African meals on request.
Location and Contact
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