Hippo Hollow

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

With Hippo Hollow’s idyllic location on the banks of the Sabie River it's not unusual to see hippos 'mowing' the grass when you are dining in the waterside restaurant. By day, you'll spot kingfishers and other attractive water birds from thatched garden and river chalets with beautiful garden and pools views. As well as the delights of Kruger, there's much to discover in the area including God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Golf
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the banks of the Sabie River, 2 km from Hazyview, Mpumalanga. A 15-minute drive from Kruger National Park and 30-minute drive from the Panorama Route. 5-hour drive from Johannesburg. Transfer time from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

37 individual thatched chalets and 54 rooms. All with tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Courtyard Standard Rooms are on the 1st floor and have balconies, with air-conditioning and twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Courtyard Hotel Rooms have balconies and verandahs overlooking the gardens, air-conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi access and twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Garden Chalets have verandahs overlooking the gardens and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

River Chalets have a private deck overlooking the Sabie River and include a loft with 2 single beds, as well as a king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Please note: Chalets do not have TVs, telephones, WiFi access or air-conditioning, each chalet has its own ceiling fan.

Hippo Hollow Restaurant (à la carte), Ladies Bar and wine cellar. 2 swimming pools. Boma. The Shangaan River Club offers not just a meal, but a blend of history and entertainment under the African sky (approx R 460 pp). Helicopter trips*. Golf and seasonal river-rafting available nearby. Complimentary WiFi. Laundry service*.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous food and overall atmosphere ...

May 19, 2020 Iolanda A Lisbon, Portugal

Located in the Hippo Hollow Country Estate on the outskirts of Hazyview the property's restaurant is a charming place with a terrace overlooking the Sabie river. Lunch was rather unique and mouth watering (particularly the dessert). I do strongly advise anyone to have a meal there if you happen to be in the area.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous Evening

Apr 13, 2020 Kristinaamanda Manchester, United Kingdom

We went to Hippo Hollow during the day to see if we could book a table for that evening. Not only did they book us in, they showed us around (and we got to watch some Elephants across the river) and then convinced us to join them for their entertainment (traditional dancing) and buffet. We arrived later, not knowing quite what to expect. The… Read more
We went to Hippo Hollow during the day to see if we could book a table for that evening. Not only did they book us in, they showed us around (and we got to watch some Elephants across the river) and then convinced us to join them for their entertainment (traditional dancing) and buffet. We arrived later, not knowing quite what to expect. The entertainment was great and the food was excellent - I think possibly the best meal we had all trip. Would definitely come back again! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still fabulous after all these years

Apr 3, 2020 99julesm Johannesburg, South Africa

I first stayed at Hippo Hollow about 10 years ago when also traveling for business and loved it. So when I found myself in that neck of the woods again, I thought I would go back. All that has changed is the size of the establishment. It is substantially bigger but equally better. The staff were superb, there was a delicious glass of iced tea… Read more
I first stayed at Hippo Hollow about 10 years ago when also traveling for business and loved it. So when I found myself in that neck of the woods again, I thought I would go back. All that has changed is the size of the establishment. It is substantially bigger but equally better. The staff were superb, there was a delicious glass of iced tea at the gate for me while my reservation was processed and off I went to me lovely cool air conditioned chalet. I had one overlooking the pool on a lovely sunny day. The property is also situated very close to the Kruger National Park for game lovers. There are three restaurants on site that could cater for my vegan requirements and I chose the main one with a buffett of Salads as starters. There was also soup. This was followed by a delicious vegan curry and a variety of desserts. Scrumptious. It was a little cool that evening so I did not sit on the deck overlooking the river where there are real hippos 🦛 but I did sit on the deck the following morning for breakfast. So beautiful. It is still a delightful treat to stay there and I am so pleased that it is doing so well and is so lovely. It has become fondly known as the ‘happy hippo’ between colleagues and I from 10 years ago and I am happy to report that it remains the happy hippo for me. A beautiful place with beautiful people. A must. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great dinner

Mar 29, 2020 Regenerator101 Rijeka

Visited for the show & dinner at the Shangaan River Club. It was a excellent evening with authentic dances and a great buffet. The show was really full of energy and the dinner very tasty with lot of traditional choices and tasty desserts. Perfect organization!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Atmospheric and Authentic

Mar 24, 2020 kathrynjohn Waterloo, Canada

Close to Kruger National Park, Hippo Hollow is a lovely get-away. Expansive property beautifully landscaped and located on the banks of the Sabie River. Hippos regularly seen in and around the river (or so I've been told- did not actually see any) .Rooms are Africa-authentic, many with thatched roofs, but with all amenities. Just a beautiful… Read more
Close to Kruger National Park, Hippo Hollow is a lovely get-away. Expansive property beautifully landscaped and located on the banks of the Sabie River. Hippos regularly seen in and around the river (or so I've been told- did not actually see any) .Rooms are Africa-authentic, many with thatched roofs, but with all amenities. Just a beautiful place to lounge at, after a day of game drives. Read less