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.
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