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Hippo Pools Resort

3.0 of 5
On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Hoedspruit
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived on a hot summer’s day. We booked months in advance in order to attend a wedding on a nearby game farm. The bride recommended this venue. We arrived an hour early and were served complimentary drinks whilst we awaited our rooms to be readied. We enjoyed sandwiches with it and the chef visited personally to enquire about our... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Our family of five stayed in a self-catered budget room that was perfect for our needs. The room was clean and it was great to have all the linen provided. A small braai area outside the room was great to cook our evening meal on and relax. The kids LOVED the swimming pool and the staff were amazingly friendly, providing... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was really nice to stay there. The food was delicious and at a cheap price for the quality of it. The service was fantastic. I don't remember the name of the lady in the reception but she did an outstanding job when we were there my 2 boys and I. We were lucky to see hippos out of the... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

. On arrival at The Kamagelo Visitor Centre in Hoedspruit we phoned the Hippo Pools for our transfer to the resort. We had organised this with the owners before our trip. We stayed at the Hippo Pools for 6 days in one of their self catering Rondavells .For 2 days we relaxed and had food, which was reasonably priced, very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

- Location: yes, safe but so remote.. 20km from Hoedspruit, 50km from Phalaborwa with only private game reserves around. - Luxury rondavel: indeed most complete, even an ironing board, good furniture, best shower we had this trip, no mosquito screens though and while garden nicely landscaped the ambiance to sit there was not enough.The daily rate of over EUR 55... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I was rarely let down by Tripadvisor evaluations, but in the case of Hippon Pools Lodge I felt rather misled by the positive marks for this guesthouse. I booked a budget standart room for what I thought was an attractive price given the positive reviews for the guesthouse. In fact, what we got was a room which met at best... More 

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HippoPools, Manager at Hippo Pools Resort, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post a review for our resort. We understand that you were "let down" and are excited to inform you that all of our family backpacker units are currently undergoing a complete renovation. We are also receiving a complete load of new mattresses and beds that are due next month. With... More 

Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

we booked for the long weekend, at arrival we found the most friendly and professional staff ready to help with every little thing and even willing to assist during odd hours, the rooms were clean and comfortable. We previously stay at other so called 4 and 5 star venues around Hoedspruit and were always disappointed.Hippo Pools were money well spent,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Loved the hotel : rooms are big , clean and well equipped. surroundings of the hotel are beautiful and so quiet staff are nice and helpful Great security and you feel very safe Highly recommend this place

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Cannot fault the accommodation (we stayed in the luxury self-catering rondawel). The accommodation was well-equipped and very comfortable. Management very helpful, setting and walks very pleasant. Can highly recommend. Our only disappointment was that the hippos didn’t visit while we were there.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have been at the Hippo Pools few days ago - and it was an excellent choice. The place is nice, relaxing and very friendly ... and the hippos are really there in the Olifants river, few meters below the resort. David accompanied us to Kruger, to a private game drive and then a bush walk - and we enjoyed... More 

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