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Hippo Hollow Country Estate
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Po Box 2304, Hazyview, | Mpumalanga Kruger Area, Hazyview 1242, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Hazyview
Ashford, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

A wonderful location.Good accommodation with thatched roof!Good quality food,excellent helpful staff.
Hippos at the far end of the lawn.20 minute drive from Kruger Park.Blyde River canyon 45 minutes or so.We enjoyed the local entertainment evening of singing and Zulu dancing.Very talented troupe who performed with enthusiasm,energy,and talent.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester UK
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39 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This gem is beautifully located over-looking the Sabi River, close to Kruger. The room was lovely though maybe a little tired. The restaurant was spacious & airy set above the nearby riverbank. The food was good with bags of variety - South African fare offers superb value for money. My only criticism would be that in-room TV service was exceptionally poor

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yeovil
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Stayed here with my husband for 3 nights in September for our wedding anniversary and we had a wonderful time. The hotel is in a beautiful location and we stayed in one of the river chalets which was lovely and we really liked the little outside area overlooking the river.

There were several coach parties staying at the hotel while we were there but it didn't seem overcrowded. The bar and restaurant are very nice and we enjoyed eating outside overlooking the river. Unfortunately we didn't see any hippo while we were there, we missed them when they came out onto the lawn, but I did see a crocodile on our final morning. The food at the restaurant was very nice and the food and drink was very reasonable compared to eating out at home! The first morning were had a cooked breakfast, the second morning we had a breakfast pack as we were leaving early on a safari (plenty of food) and the third morning we had a continental breakfast (because there was a large coach party leaving that morning I think).

The hotel had two small swimming pools which looked very nice but we didn't have time to use them.

We did the elephant interaction and ride at Elephant Whispers just across the river from the hotel and this was amazing, would throughly recommended it as very enjoyable and informative. You can normally walk to it across a little bridge over the river, but this had been washed away and they were in process of rebuilding it while we were there so it was 2 min drive up the road.

We also did a half day tour of the panarama route, this was nice to see some of the surrounding area and some wonderful views including Gods Window.

We did a sunset safari and a full day safari and saw the Big Five and Ceetah too!! Safari was amazing and the highlight of our holiday! I really wish we had spent longer at Hippo Hollow to allow us to do a few days of safari!

Would throughly recommend this hotel if you are visiting Kruger and don't want to stay in the park, it is only about 15 mins drive to the gates. We booked with Virgin Holidays and the rep at the hotel (Michelle) was very nice and extremely helpful. We then went to Mauritius so I have a separate review for that hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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48 hotel reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The Hotel is beautiful situated on the Sabi River and caters for leisure and family travellers. The hotel rooms re adequate, but dark. Due to the thatched roof the smell a little bit, but more than adequate Food is good, service could be improved - especially, when full. breakfast packs are meager - could be better.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We spent a Sunday evening at Hippo Hollow before entering the Park. Arrived at lunchtime & while the reception & check in where good, to get a refreshment after the long drive posed a problem. Once someone actually appeared to serve us, it was a long wait to get a drink & a sandwich. The river chalets are nicely appointed & comfortable but seem to be in the middle of a facelift. Shower has been redone while the rest of the bathroom still has tiling from 20 years ago?
Al la carte dinner served on the verandah overlooking the river was good but over priced for the quality of food being served. Seems as if they are relying on the busloads of foreigners who overnight at the hotel. Breakfast the next morning was disasterous! The busloads of tourists had been served & had left & the rest of us seemed to be a nuisance to staff. The tables weren't reset, there were no plates at the buffet, the chef seemed to have had an awful morning & it was simply too much trouble for the waitress to bring us a warm cup of coffee. We had visited Hippo Hollow many years ago & after a bad experience decided to go back & see if things had changed. They have changed & things are looking up but there is a long way to go! With the choice of venues in Hazyview, we will give it awhile before a return visit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed here 3 nights for Kruger safari visit. Very convenient for safari gates, good food and comfortable rooms. Seeing hippos and croc. on opposite side of river bank and visit from monkeys to patio area makes for an unusual environment.
Would not recommend the Shangaan 'cultural' dance and dinner organised from here - typical tourist affair. More interesting to watch for hippos from patio near restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We spent one night here after driving through the Panorama Route, staying in one of the river chalets. After reading the positive reviews on Hippo Hollow, I'm thinking our negative experience may be isolated, but I wanted to share. First, the chalet had not central A/C and the windows needed to be kept shut to keep mosquitos out. This resulted in an uncomfortable, musty sleeping environment. In addition, there was a strong smell of raw sewage so sitting on the back porch wasn't pleasant . . . .even though we would have enjoyed watching the hippos from there. The next day as we were waiting for our transport, we opened the windows to let in some fresh air, but with the fresh air also came monkeys into our chalet. :)

There were the remains of bugs in our bed, the linens were scratchy and the mattresses uncomfortable. The food in the restaurant was ok, but not really good. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, and allowed us a late checkout as we waited for our transfer (much appreciated). Of all the places we stayed in South Africa and Zimbabwe, this was the only miss.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Po Box 2304, Hazyview, | Mpumalanga Kruger Area, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hazyview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hippo Hollow Country Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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