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Reviewed February 12, 2009

I am a South African living in the UK, and finally managed to convince my partner to visit South Africa, as I have been to Hippo Hollow before (about 8 years ago) I was sure that 3 nights at Hippo Hollow would be the highlight of our holiday. Unfortunately I don’t think that the river chalets have had any attention in the last 8 years, when closed windows have large gaps for the wind and abundant creepy crawlies to sneak in, the roof leaked on top of one of the beds, kitchen drawers did not close and the chalet was very dark and ant infested (though it was overcast and rainy most of the time we were there). The meals were excellent, but if you decide to eat in the restaurant on one of the evenings that Hippo Hollow hosts the “Shangaan Evening” note that most of the staff will be attending to this, leaving one or two harassed waitresses to try and serve those that that opted to eat there. Power cuts are frequent, though this was down to the electricity supply not the hotel, so be warned a flashlight is essential. Hippo Hollow has become an overpriced and basic accommodation establishment that is not for those with any fear of creepy crawlies.

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4  Thank BonnieNorthumberland
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Reviewed February 10, 2009

We stayed at Hippo Hollow for a couple of nights during our three week stay to South Africa and Zambia. The location is good for anyone wishing to visit Kruger but the holiday brochures really over-rate the place.
We found it to be a busy, unfriendly place geared up to accommodate coach parties.
We asked for a hot drink in the evening and were told it wasn't possible and indeed the bar staff were very unhelpful.
The accommodation is very basic but comfortable. We stayed in much better, comfortable and friendlier hotels along the way.
After all the hotels we had stayed in we found this one to be very disappointing and one we couldn't wait to leave.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank SussexCheekyMonkey
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Reviewed December 23, 2008

Rooms are nice and clean, breakfast is OK, restaurant is very bad.
This hotel is made for touring buses for "german" pensionaries.
There are much better and cheaper B&B around this area.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank marbru
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Reviewed November 23, 2008

would suggest that you only do a morning safari as the afternoon was not nearly as productive as the morning - we saw 4 of the big 5 before 9.00am in the morning and were lucky enough to see the elusive leopard by lunchtime. You need to heed advise and dress warmly in lots of layers as it is FREEZING until mid morning!

The hotel was very warm and friendly and the staff are brilliant.

The accommodation, although simple, is authentic and adequate.

There is a GREAT coffee farm - Sabie Valley Coffee Farm (look it up on the internet) - around 10 minutes drive from the hotel that we discovered by accident. Great food and scenery, for virtually NO cost. ON a Wednesday they give a coffee tour, which is very informative (not least of all, because Tim - the owner - is truly passionate about his beans!) included in the very cheap price - around £1.50 per head) is a bottomless pot of coffee and excellent chocolate cake.

You really do see Hippos - and it is amazing!!! It is spontaneous and completely non-commercial. We saw them at breakfast one morning and nobody seemed to get excited about it (apart from us) it was the norm, and felt like a private viewing!

Go to the local shopping precinct - great shoes, great prices!! leather shoes under £10.00!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

Stayed in one of the thatched rondevals overlooking the river, wife impressed with fact it was two storied with an extra bedroom on the second storey. C;ear;y designed for families, also cooking facilities on balcony .Limited facilities with no phone or TV but you dont come to Africa to watch TV otherwise OK. Nice and clean well maintained.
Buffet dinner and breakfast good selection nicely prepared. In evening you can as you dine wait for hippo (s) to appear on lawn whereupon the food is left to get cold.
There is supposed to be crocodile in lake in grounds but did not see. large grounds to walk round
Staff as everywhere polite ,pleasant and helpful.
Only criticism they do need to sort out their wake up call service. We stayed 3 nights and on only one morning did they get it right. The worst was on the morning when we had elected to have a lie in and no call , to no avail woken at 4 a.m and then again at 5 a.m!! Would have been 4 star but for wake up problems

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Thank mark666
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