Rockin’ at Rock Lodge

A hidden entrance to an enchanting getaway.

This weekend I celebrated Austrialian Day here in Swaziland with a wonderful bunch of Aussie volunteers. Snags on the barbie and a luscious pavlova were on the menu…at Rock Lodge. An amazing local livelihood project south west of Malkerns at a little community called Ngwempisi, the lodge was built in 2004 and looked like something out of the Hobbit. A South African designer was brought in to execute the plan — a three-story structure built around some monstrous boulders. No electricity, open air, propane tanks provided cooking fuel, and yet running water that was potable!Ā  And to top it off, an outdoor, flush toilet and glorious shower! A steep 1/2 km below us was a wonderful river to swim in (no Bilharzia, fast running water, fingers crossed). Two separate dorm-type rooms offered more than enough bunk beds for our 12-person group, firewood for the BBQ pit was provided upon our request and a guide was arranged to take the group down to the river (a little hard to find on your own). A Swaziland adventure to savour…

A gorgeous respite in rural Swaziland!

Fellow volunteer Camille shouldering the boulders..

Take me to the river!

Water was far too fast for crocs or hippos…but super refreshing.

Chillin’ on the terrace.

Sleeping with nature.

Our boulder neighbour dude.

The superstar goat at the top of the hill.


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