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Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Hazyview
Certificate of Excellence
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
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Thank Yeovilwall
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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
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1  Thank pzan
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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
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1  Thank Laurice P
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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
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2  Thank ISD_64
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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
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2  Thank adas773
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed at Hippo Hollow this last weekend. The property is really nice for a short stay; room was adequate although the pillows could be improved on (1 very hard one and 1 very soft one, found it difficult to get comfortable). The bar and restaurant service lacked completely though – the bar attendant took over 15min's to go and find a bottle of gin so I could have a G&T at sunset (most popular sunset drink). At dinner we were seated in the restaurant for 15min's with no staff attending and eventually I got up to go and look for a waiter. Our drinks order took another 10min's even though there were only 2 tables to tend to at that time. Our dinner was set-menu...we ordered the minestrone soup and our waiter promptly brought us tomato soup...the chef came out after we queried it and said they didn't make minestrone soup so it's tomato instead. There was a general lack in on-site management with a trainee staff member left in charge to manage everything from A-Z – not his fault but he didn’t have the experience needed. A bit of a disappointment as the property has a lot going for it but I'd rather avoid the service issue next time and stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank riaan-ha
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

What a wonderful place!! We travelled as a couple with 2 friends and we had river chalets No. 11/12 for 13 nights (a bit unheard of a most people only stay for a few days) but we found lots to do Panorama Route/Endangered Species and 3 full day and 1 half day safari plus an eve.ning safari to Sabi Sands all booked through the brilliant Ann & John Evans at Regent Safaris they really went the extra mile to make sure all out trips went smoothly we would recommend them most highly. We booked through Virgin Holidays and the rep Michelle was very very helpful, altogether a fabulous trip. We did also see the resident Hippo quite a few times as well as crocodiles, monitor lizards, fish eagles, monkeys and many other species of birds.

Room Tip: Go for the river chalets they are fabulous....
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Po Box 2304, Hazyview, | Mpumalanga Kruger Area, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hazyview
#3 Family Hotel in Hazyview
Price Range: $106 - $457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hippo Hollow Country Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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