My wife and I spent 3 nights at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga lodge. When you stay at places like Hoyo Hoyo, you basically spend 7-8 hours a day on two safari rides -- a morning ride starting around 6 am, and a late afternoon ride starting around 4 pm. The rest of the day revolves around those two rides, and includes breakfast back at the lodge around 10 am, lunch at 1 pm, high tea at 3 pm, and dinner at 7 pm. Between the fantastic meals and being carted around everywhere, you can easily get very comfortable and very fat, very quickly.
Hoyo Hoyo was a terrific experience overall, with several pluses worth writing about. First of all, the staff -- Julius, Nicholas, Given, Wonder and the others -- are all fun personalities and they really pamper you while you're there. The food was terrific; we are both vegetarians and I was a little concerned about the food, but the first night's dinner included the most delicious vegetable patties and pasta that I've ever had! The location is great too... inside the park with a watering hole a few yards from the main deck. When we weren't on safari, we spent most of our time on the deck watching animals -- including elephants, buffalo and warthogs -- and birds at the watering hole. The rooms themselves are very comfortable and cosy; the outdoor shower (apparently a South Africa "thing") is fun and very liberating! Finally, our safari guide Oscar was brilliant. He was able to spot even a chameleon on a leaf, after sunset, while simultaneously driving at 30 km/hour, talking to us, and shining a spot beam back and forth looking for animals. That's the sort of guide you want as you engage in an animal-sighting safari!
A couple of things to keep in mind. Because of the location deep inside Kruger, there is no internet access and very sporadic cellphone access (and that is literally when you stand next to a light pole on the main deck). This is not a problem as long as you're aware of it -- but if you plan to communicate with the outside world while you're at the lodge, you should let Julius and the staff know so they can help you access email from Imbali Lodge, a nearby property owned by the same group. Also note that on any such safari, you can't really walk around or get much physical activity -- you're either lounging around at the lodge, or you're in a safari vehicle.
Overall, we highly recommend Hoyo Hoyo for the staff, the location and the service. They will really make your stay enjoyable and worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the banks of the Mluwati River, in the Kruger National Park, this unique lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style. Hoyo Yoyo Safari Lodge offers an intimate atmosphere with only six luxury African suites, each with king sized bed, en-suite stone bathrooms, outdoor shower and private game viewing decks.All 6 traditional African suites are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with antique baths and outside shower. Children over the age of 8 years are welcome and are accommodated in their own room.Welcome drinks on arrival, butler service, spa treatments in the privacy of your room, safaris in 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement.The Lodge is situated in a malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay.Rates indicated are per person sharing per night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hoyo-Hoyo Tsonga Hotel Kruger National Park