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.
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