Hippo Hollow

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

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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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Tired and dated

Feb 22, 2024 Trip48873888096 Rayleigh, United Kingdom

Its in a great location to visit the Kruger National Park, and first impressions are very good, its in a great setting. However the rooms are a little dated and tired and could do with a make over. The restaurant staff were unfriendly to the point of being rude, as if we were an inconvenience to them. The service was extremely slow, but the food… Read more
Its in a great location to visit the Kruger National Park, and first impressions are very good, its in a great setting. However the rooms are a little dated and tired and could do with a make over. The restaurant staff were unfriendly to the point of being rude, as if we were an inconvenience to them. The service was extremely slow, but the food was ok when it eventually arrived Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent choice - close to Kruger Park

Feb 16, 2024 jandv0akville Oakville, Canada

Our two-night stay in this quiet haven, close to Kruger Park was both relaxing and enjoyable. The friendly staff made us a packed breakfast for an early morning game drive. Our well-designed river-view chalet overlooked the nearby game sanctuary and this was a big plus.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful refuge--need a car though

Jan 24, 2024 trippyyippy New York City, New York

We loved the property and two pools at Hippo Hollow. A lso, our garden-facing room was beautifully built with heavy African wood furniture, comfy beds, a big bathroom with double shower, a fridge, hairdryer, good lighting and an airy terrace with a nice table and chairs. There was an electric kettle and rooibos tea. We were able to get up very… Read more
We loved the property and two pools at Hippo Hollow. A lso, our garden-facing room was beautifully built with heavy African wood furniture, comfy beds, a big bathroom with double shower, a fridge, hairdryer, good lighting and an airy terrace with a nice table and chairs. There was an electric kettle and rooibos tea. We were able to get up very early and have tea on our terrace and look for animals as it got lighter out. There is a safe and the cabin door locked easily. We arrived around 4pm. We had been advised about 2 nice restaurants nearby and assumed we could take a taxi or Uber. When we asked about walking over and Ubering back, the Intake person looked totally alarmed and said, "No! No, you can't do that! It's not safe." We were stunned by the reaction. He then said there are no Ubers or taxis in Hazyview. The only option would be him trying to find someone to drive us over, wait while we had dinner, then drive us back. We estimated it would be about $40-50 USd and not worth it. The only option was their buffet. It was ok but not fabulous. Breakfast buffet was the same. We had 2 breakfasts and the one dinner. We also had load shedding for 2 1/2 hours from 9pm-11:30pm. That was fine with us as we went to sleep and had a long good night in their comfy beds. A highlight was seeing elephants being exercised as they "walked to work" at Elephant Whispers nearby across the Sabie River. There was a clear view of the river from the beautiful open air restaurant. We saw this two days in a row! Hippo Hollow is beautifully decorated and landscaped and is quiet and civilized. We really appreciated that. But, you need your own transport or you are a prisoner there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely country lodge.

Jan 24, 2024 karoleigh North Carolina

We noticed as we were arriving at Hippo Hollow that the property was gated and surrounded by an electric fence. We instantly loved the property with its beautiful flowers, trees, and river. Gorgeous weather added to the good feeling of being there. After an efficient check-in, we entered our spacious room with a very large bed. We walked outside… Read more
We noticed as we were arriving at Hippo Hollow that the property was gated and surrounded by an electric fence. We instantly loved the property with its beautiful flowers, trees, and river. Gorgeous weather added to the good feeling of being there. After an efficient check-in, we entered our spacious room with a very large bed. We walked outside to a balcony overlooking a swimming pool. We had a scheduled blackout for two hours and we were advised when it would happen. It’s important to know that this is not the fault of the hotel. This is controlled by the electric company, and it’s a regular event in South Africa. The blackout was only in our room. The lobby and dining room had an emergency generator. Meals were fine at the hotel. The hotel isn’t far from a large shopping mall where you can find McDonald’s, grocery stores, and clothing items. It’s not touristy, so guests can’t expect touristy items there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stay in a river lodge and have your own transport or give it a miss

Dec 31, 2023 Stay568230 Alvechurch, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 4 nights between a private game drive and flying to Zimbabwe. The hotel is in a nice setting but as others have said, there’s nothing to do and the restaurant / food isn’t great. 3 minutes up the road are some restaurants / shops and 10 minutes up the road is a large mall, but we were told it wasn’t safe to walk there and… Read more
We stayed here for 4 nights between a private game drive and flying to Zimbabwe. The hotel is in a nice setting but as others have said, there’s nothing to do and the restaurant / food isn’t great. 3 minutes up the road are some restaurants / shops and 10 minutes up the road is a large mall, but we were told it wasn’t safe to walk there and quoted between RS1500-3000 / £50-£80 for a taxi / transfer for 3-10 minutes drive! There is no cheap taxi company so to get to any excursion activity doubled the price and made it too expensive. We did do one excursion which was white water rafting and quad biking, that was great but cost double for the transfer. The hotel prices for excursions were triple the price of the local company and tourist office, so we booked everything with the local company up the road instead. There is no shop on site for snacks or drinks and the hotel will not do room service or let you take pizzas from the restaurant to your room. We weren’t sure why? We ended up taking the risk and walking to the local shops and mall and buying snacks for our kids during the stay. When we arrived at the hotel we immediately upgraded to a river lodge so we had a view of the elephants and river and that was very nice, but the hotel tried to charge us a ridiculous price to do this for 4 nights, luckily a lovely member of staff managed to reduce this for us. The hippo’s grazed below our balcony each night and we saw a family of otters too. For the whole stay there was a screeching device in the top of our lodge roof which meant we didn’t sleep well. Apparently it was a bat deterrent. We reported it to reception who didn’t do anything and this made the stay quite unrestful. If you do stay here, stay in a river lodge and have your own transport, otherwise give it a miss. Read less