As a travel agent I feel I can give a pretty fair assessment having fortunately stayed at many hotels across the world. Hippo Hollow's rating as a 3* hotel is accurate but is made better in its class because of it's location. Only 10 minute drive to the nearest Kruger gate and more than a fair chance of seeing hippo's in the morning from your balcony(if you have one of the chalet's overlooking the river-which Virgin Holidays clients get) and also from the restaurant in the evening on the grass which leads down to the river. We stayed 4 nights and saw hippo's every day. And one morning a crocodile too! The rooms are fairly basic and the chalet bathrooms could do with a makeover.
All the staff are friendly and the food pretty good with variety.
I would recommend booking your trips before you arrive as the reception staff didnt go out of their way to help with ideas/booking trips.
Apart from safari's I strongly recommend going to elephant whispers-if you like elephants its a great way to get up close and learn all about them. WARNING dont ask reception far a taxi-we did and the guy asked his fellow worker at the hotel to take us as it 'wasnt safe'. He charged about £20 and it took all of three minutes to get there! Walk and I am sure you will be ok. All in all though, a very good place to stay. Feel free to email me if you want any more information, and if you intend to book-mail me as I can normaly do it cheaper than virgin etc for UK clients!
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- Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel Hazyview
- Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hazyview, South Africa - Mpumalanga