I don't really want to knock the place, because it is beautiful, and of course the Kruger is beautiful. The staff were generally very friendly. I would prefer seeing female staff working in front of customers alongside the men, not just in the kitchen, but that may be a local thing. Overall, we had a pleasant stay, but it was almost too nice. We had just come from a more rustic safari place, which I much preferred (and I'm not crunchy, but that just seemed more "right" out in the bush). So again, the accommodations were beautiful, and the staff was nice. However, after our much more natural place, this seemed a little out of place. What else seemed out of place about it? The elephants that magically showed up to drink water right outside the lodge, under the bright fluorescent lights? Yeah, that. Not a fan. People loved it, and I admit, I was mesmerized, but I can go to a zoo. I go to Kruger to see them in the wild, not seemingly coaxed to this area. I also really did not like the safari drives. The guides we had were not informative at all, and they constantly raced from one place to another in an attempt to show us the Big 5. I know lots of tourists want to check off the list, but this rat race was just stressful. Our other place was much more along our lines of thinking, which was "look, maybe we'll see something, but if we don't, we won't go crazy. Nonetheless, we're probably going to see something." And we did. At Hoyo Hoyo, it was just this interminable drive without much instruction or information. We were disappointed. Also, i really didn't like that the driver or guide did not keep our group quiet. Fellow tourists on our vehicle were LOUD, and they took FLASH PICTURES. It was beyond annoying. We are in the bush, and they wouldn't shut up. I expect the guides to stop that because we are to be respectful of nature.
Anyhow, the place was nice, but given the much warmer feeling we had at our previous safari (and other lodge before that) and our lodge after it, I have to give them a lower rating. It just could've been better if the safari were much better, more educational, and less like an amusement ride.
- 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