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Hippo Pools Resort

On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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#2 of 4 resorts in Hoedspruit
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Magnificent Olifants river property is ideal for a weekend breakaway where you can even fly in and land on the tarred landing strip located on the Estate. A Must stay property for the bush lover that have a large family and friends that enjoy each others company, African sunsets, birdlife and the luxury of a fully equipped house.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
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Restaurant
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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3.0 of 5 stars

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On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
Hippo Pools Resort
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Hoedspruit Airport
30.2 km
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Phalaborwa Airport
45.9 km
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Johnathan P wrote a review Apr 2017
16 contributions1 helpful vote
We met some friends here that had a time share and we had a great time. The rooms were large and spacious. All round great stay. We went fishing and spotted some hippos was a fantastic experience seeing them there in the water just lazing about!
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ivan L wrote a review Jan 2017
8 contributions6 helpful votes
This resort, it seems, has a long history. It has been through several incarnations and as it stands at the moment made for a pleasant place for our one night stop over. The place is in the process of being upgraded from being let go a bit in the past. The pool is great and the rooms clean and comfortable. Not a luxury feel but very adequate for our family. We asked about the restaurant and the lady on the desk said they had one but we would need to tell them we would want dinner in advance as it seemed it would not operate if we didn't go. She also told us there was a nice place just down the road, under 5minutes, whiter we could go. We chose this option as we were not sure of our plans and it was great. As a resort it was probably under staffed but we liked it. A little run down but very friendly, clean and pleasant.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Gill R wrote a review Sept 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions5 helpful votes
Run-down, ramshackle kind of place. The "restaurant" had nothing other than a very poor quality salad to offer, as everything else on the menu wasn't available. Swimming pool was green.The tariff we originally were quoted wasn't correct so we ended up spending more money than we'd expected, and the rooms were way below average! Overall, a terribly disappointing stay. Seemingly, even the hippos have left, as there was not a sound or sign of them at all either!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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christinaarmstrong2 wrote a review Aug 2016
Portland, Oregon11 contributions
We stayed here three nights and loved it. The host was very lovely and was so willing to help with any questions we had. We had problems with our rental car and she even called Avis to put us in the right direction. We had about three meals there and they were all prepared very tastily and the staff were very friendly and appreciative. We originally had a budget rondavel booked but our host upgraded us to a family accommodation free of charge. There are some updates that need to be made on the property but our host was very aware of that and was working on it. The area the resort is in was very beautiful even during Winter. The pool wasn't very clean so we didn't go swimming, but to be honest most places we stayed didn't have pools up and working. There were plenty of cute curious monkeys also, some hippos that come out at night and they have a few elephants on the property. This place has quite a bit of history, and we felt nothing but welcomed here.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Jumbo wrote a review Aug 2016
Lusaka, Zambia21 contributions9 helpful votes
I was happy to find Hippo pools had Accom as the whole of Hoedspruit was booked out! I kinda know why. The place needs a lot of maintenance, rooms are ok, but certainly not 3 star! Most positive thing I can say was my bed was comfy and clean. When I checked in I asked if there was a restaurant and was told there was. When I dropped my bag in the room and went to find a beer, the place was locked up and nobody could access to the "bar!" Eventually drove back to town to find dinner! Anyway, was passable for a night, but certainly wouldn't try holiday there!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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debbiev39 wrote a review Aug 2016
Mbombela, South Africa26 contributions8 helpful votes
Rooms and over all lodge is in a horrible state and over priced, not worth R 1100.00 per night This lodge has passed its hey days. Paid and they could not pick this up??? Should not exceed more than R500.00 per night.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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622sharonf wrote a review Jul 2016
Durban, South Africa3 contributions
A beautifully clean and very neat room that was comfortable for our one night stay. Lovely crisp, clean white linen. A super pool facing room that was well equipped and had all the necessary goodies for a braai. Clean, modern bathroom. A most pleasant overnight stay with a very friendly reception lady. Was a bit far out of town so make sure you have all the stuff you need if self catering - a bit of a trek into town.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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moodieancic wrote a review Jul 2016
Polokwane, South Africa73 contributions15 helpful votes
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Where to start! This is a 3 star self catering spot! What you book online is not what you get! The owner, who was away, has still not contacted us for our refund after we were woken by the cockroaches scuttling over the 'kitchen' walls. We arrived with 2 young children at about 7.30 pm and had no hot water, the fridge had not been turned on and there was no microwave to pop our dinner in. We could not use the hob or pots due to the filth and as for the revolting bathroom with no hot water, we could not take a shower. When we awoke, we were roasting in the room as we could not open any doors or windows, due to monkeys and baboons. I have travelled the world in back-packers and never been in such filthy accommodation! Never book to stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Sue Z wrote a review Jan 2016
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
Staff were helpful and friendly but not as close to the airport as thought so had to pay for transfer. We just paid for basic room which had no air conditioning but it was clean and neat. Swimming pool was fantastic. Unfortunately didn't sight any hippos that morning. Wifi was free but only accessible around reception area.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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the-arctic-wolf wrote a review Jan 2016
London100 contributions46 helpful votes
Lovely 'basic', rustic lodge with splendid Hippos and other wildlife roaming around. There is no air conditioning, however, so be prepared to BOIL! We were told there would be air con, but there were very slow ceiling fans instead. My friends slept on the floor and other locations to try and get cool at night. None of the doors to the toilets/bathrooms shut - no locks and all opened due to mould, swelling to the wood, hence me not being able to go to Number 2 for the entire duration of the trip for fear of people catching me in the act! Also a bit dirty and mouldy - the bathrooms need a serious refurbish to bring them up to date, get them clean and fresher. Spiders and moths all over the windowsills, however this could be just a cleaning issue - which didn't get addressed. I think the cleaner was on holiday while we were there. Main swimming pool was green so no one got in...but individual lodges had plunge pools which were nice and clean. Barbecue area good too. Staff sort of non-existent - always away on errands. Only get wi-fi at the cafe, but not in the rooms. Good bargain basement place - pretty and rustic and good if you don't want anything luxurious, as looking at the wildlife was great and there was plenty of space to stretch etc but needs better cleaning and AIR-CON!!!
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hippo Pools Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Hippo Pools Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hippo Pools Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hippo Pools Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Hippo Pools Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hippo Pools Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and a banquet room during their stay.