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Hippo Hollow Country Estate

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Hippo and Elephant on your doorstep
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Hippo Hollow Country Estate is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Hazyview, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free internet access available.

Guests have access to a concierge, sun umbrellas, and beach chairs while staying at Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel. In addition, Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel offers a pool and a lounge, which will help make your Hazyview trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

If you like sushi restaurants, Hippo Hollow is conveniently located near Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.

Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a historic site, such as Shangana Cultural Village.

Enjoy your stay in Hazyview!

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
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Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu
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Derek-B-Richards wrote a review Mar 2020
Hamburg, Germany4 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellently run and all-round beautiful location right on a river where you can expect regular visits by hippo's and see elephants just across the stream in the adjacent Elephant Whispers conservation centre. Hippo Hollow is at the heart of everything: close to Kruger Park and several of its entrances with a great gastronomy and entertainment infrastructure always nearby, The team at Hippo Hollow was amazing, It was a great choice considering the needs of an adult traveling with a 6-year-old boy. As with all the locations we visited around Kruger Park, wildlife starts on your doorstep, the transition into safari mode is seamless.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Cristel Jonker, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 13 Jul 2020
Dear Derek-B-Richards Thank you kindly for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. I remember you and your son, it was such a pleasure hosting you and I miss our chats in the morning. Thank you once again for your kind word, we appreciate it very much and hope to see you again in the near future.
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emeraldxx wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia119 contributions61 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very convenient for Kruger National park as it is only 15mins drive and the outside restaurant area is lovely near a river where you can sometimes spot hippos if you are lucky. You can see elephants in the distance from the nearby sanctuary. Lovely place to sit and relax as it is very peaceful.

From the outside the cottage style rooms look lovely but inside found them to be too dark. The breakfast and dinner buffets were really nice as well as the a la carte menu dishes.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Zandile Thabethe, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Dear emeraldxx, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. We are delighted that you found our location, the ambience and our restaurant above your expectations. It was such a pleasure having you here. I am disappointed that you found the rooms too dark, we will investigate. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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i_love_me_hols wrote a review Jan 2020
Plymouth, United Kingdom203 contributions81 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights at this lodge as part of our tour. The grounds are attractive, with Egyptian geese and peacocks, but disappointingly no hippos for the duration of our stay, our Kruger safari made up for this with several sightings. The room is adequate for the short amount of time we spent there, although it was a little dark. Wi-fi was excellent, we successfully skyped the UK. A tranquil half day spent by both pools with loungers, hammocks and shady spots refreshed us for the two trips to the park, just around 10 minute drive. There was plenty to please most people during buffet mealtimes, although I think that vegetarians might struggle if they attended the Shangaan evening festival in the grounds, This entertaining evening allowed the more adventurous to try out bushmeat and mopane worms. Service varied in the restaurants but the staff were very friendly and overall it was a pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Better off with an upper floor, as room can be overlooked if you are on the ground floor
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Response from Felicia-HH, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Dear i_love_me_hols (love your username) Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. I am delighted that you enjoyed our location, the animals, your room, the food and our service. We loved having you here with us. Thank you for your mention on the dark rooms, we will investigate. We hope to see you again in the near future and hopefully we will deserve a 5 star review from you.
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JohnWheelwright wrote a review Mar 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to the Estate to have lunch at the restaurant and were very pleasantly suprised by the attentive staff and great service we were given. The food was very good. The setting close to the river is excellent and we were entertained with sightings of monitor lizards/leguaans on the lawns whilst having our lunch.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We only went for a lunch so am not sure about the accomodation side
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Response from Cristel Jonker, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 14 Mar 2020
JohnWheelwright Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. We are delighted that you enjoyed our restaurant and that you found our service, location and food above your expectations. We are very fortunate to be located in such an extraordinary setting. We hope we have the honour of hosting you for lunch again very soon.
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Rik T wrote a review Oct 2022
Fredericton, Canada1,378 contribution443 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went as part of a group and had a very good experience at Hippo Hollow.

Our room was nice, with a huge shower, a safe, lots of space, a little patio that was not far from the small swimming pool. The bed was comfortable, everything worked, and the whole complex was very well cared for.

The lobby area was open, and that's where you could access wifi; it's available in the restaurant/bar area too.

All of the food were had at the restaurant was buffet style and there was good variety and it was pretty high quality. One night we had braai and it was excellent. The bar was small but pretty well stocked and there were barstools for that good ol' experience. Breakfasts were good, with hot and cold items available

The only animals we saw on there property were giant yellow and black caterpillars (and I do mean GIANT), a peahen, and elephants in the distance - oh, and birds.

One night while there, we paid extra to see a dance show where the dancers dressed like warriors stomped to drums. It was a very energetic and athletic show. They picked a couple of audience members to join them and dance; that was entertaining.

The main pool was really nice and pretty big. The smaller pool was not cleaned nearly as often but was still pretty nice.

I liked Hippo Hollow and would recommend it.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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KAmanda wrote a review Apr 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom96 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Hippo Hollow during the day to see if we could book a table for that evening. Not only did they book us in, they showed us around (and we got to watch some Elephants across the river) and then convinced us to join them for their entertainment (traditional dancing) and buffet. We arrived later, not knowing quite what to expect. The entertainment was great and the food was excellent - I think possibly the best meal we had all trip. Would definitely come back again!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Cristel Jonker, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 13 Jul 2020
Dear Kristinaamanda Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us at Shangaan River Club, we were honoured to host to. Thank you for all the compliments and we hope to see you again in the near future.
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Andrew C wrote a review Sept 2023
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom566 contributions135 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On a recent trip to South Africa, this was the location is was most looking forward to staying as this was our base for expolring Kruger National park, owing to its proximity to the Phabeni Gate for the park.

This is a vast estate and yet all feels very private. The staff are superb, with a great restautant serving a wide array of dishes and on 2 of the nights having themes, one of which was a South African braai night (BBQ). PLus there is the added attraction of the river where hippos and crocodile do tend to come out at nightfall, and there is an elephant sanctuary next door adding to the wildlife mix.

The lodges themselves are well appointed, in a traditional style. The stone floored shower in particular caught my eye.

A superb place to stay, highlly reccomended
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Anri Hayward, Marketing at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 25 Sept 2023
Good day Andrew, Thank you for your lovely review. We appreciate the positive feedback and will share it with the teams. We hope you enjoy the remainder of your trip in South Africa and hope to see you visit again in the future.
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Rodus wrote a review Mar 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom69 contributions64 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were booked into Hippo Hollow for three nights during our visit to the Krugar National Park, however due to over booking we were transferred to the sister hotel next door. We were still allowed to used the facilities at Hippo Hollow and attended a Sheergan tribal evening and sat next to the river which runs through the site. I would recommend this hotel for its stunning location .
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Cristel Jonker, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 13 Jul 2020
Dear rodoldroyd Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the Shangaan River Club above your expectations. I apologies for the inconvenience regarding the overbooking, but I trust that our sister hotel gave you extra special attention. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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Rosiewill wrote a review Dec 2022
103 contributions80 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Here for 2 nights with a large group as part of a longer touring trip round SA.
Hippo hollow is a really unique, and in many ways magical place to stay. The river runs right through the property and eating dinner and breakfast in front of it is wonderful. But I think the quality of accommodation is disappointing– the rooms are a little tired, although they are meant to have a rustic feel I think this strays into them not being particularly well maintained and the design and quality of the rooms in the hotel part varies enormously. Initially I was given a dark and dingy room on the ground floor in front of the swimming pool which had no privacy at all. And No working safe, no working ceiling fan and no working TV. The rooms are clean but are obviously never checked for maintenance issues between guests. The room also had a really funny smell and the towels smelt musty and damp. Eventually I was moved to an upstairs room because they could not sort out the TV issue, which was much better, and begs the question, why didn’t they just allocate me that empty room in the first place,I ate dinner one night downstairs in the restaurant - service was typically slow, as is the case across all of South Africa and my halloumi salad wasn’t very nice and did not arrive the same time as my soup which is what I asked for.
The staff here are very helpful, appealing, accommodating cheerful, as is the case across or South Africa. The resort is described as a luxury country estate. I don’t think it could be described as luxury at all but it is unique and that makes it charming
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Try and avoid a downstairs hotel room, the ones upstairs are much nicer, much more spacious and...
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kathrynjohn wrote a review Mar 2020
Waterloo, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Close to Kruger National Park, Hippo Hollow is a lovely get-away. Expansive property beautifully landscaped and located on the banks of the Sabie River. Hippos regularly seen in and around the river (or so I've been told- did not actually see any) .Rooms are Africa-authentic, many with thatched roofs, but with all amenities. Just a beautiful place to lounge at, after a day of game drives.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Cristel Jonker, General Manager at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Responded 13 Jul 2020
Dear kathrynjohn Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it very much. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed our location, our property, the landscape, our location, your room and your overall stay. We loved having you here! We hope to see you again in the near future and we will have a stern chat to the hippos. :)
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Rosemary K asked a question Sept 2019
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
Hi is Hippo Country Estate a malaria risk area?
Answer from Claire E
16 contributions3 helpful votes
Hippo Hollow has advised they are in a low-risk malaria area.
Answer from Cristel
Hazyview, South Africa
Dear Clairey, Thank you for your question regarding the animals. We have Elephants across from our River and also Hippos in the River so the River Chalets will be the most suitable for animal sightings from the comfort of your room. Hippo Hollow is allocated 15-20 min from the nearest gate to the Kruger National Park. You can either do guided safari's or you can do a Self drive in Kruger where you can decide yourself how long you would like to spend there. We are looking forward in hosting you.
Anthony J asked a question Jul 2018
Shildon, United Kingdom120 contributions78 helpful votes
Are Safari’s part of the stay or do they have to be paid for separately?
Answer from Judith129
Valencia, Spain62 contributions26 helpful votes
You can book via the hotel or independently if you know the companies. Safari prices are very reasonable at around 1200rand (£70)for a half day (till noon) and 1600rand (£95) for full day (till 3.00pm). The animals are most active in the mornings so we opted to do 3 half days. I can recommend a company called Elephant Herd (they have a website) as they only take around half a dozen people in the jeep and the guide was excellent. Some companies have their jeeps packed like sardines so be careful who you book with.
overend94 asked a question Dec 2017
Devizes, United Kingdom45 contributions24 helpful votes
Are mosquito nets provided and do I need to take anti-malaria tablets
Answer from Naima M
Rio Claro91 contributions11 helpful votes
We were there the end of July. There were no nets and we didn’t need any anti- malaria meds. However it was winter. So I’m not 100% sure about the summer months.
Answer from Naima M
Rio Claro91 contributions11 helpful votes
I don’t believe so. I didn’t see any area that would allow for this.
Louise B wrote a tip 11 Apr
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay up to watch the hippos come out at night"
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Yolandi S wrote a tip 2 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make provision for dinner if you do not want to eat at the Restaurant. No facilities to make your own dinner (eg. braai, microwave etc.)"
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trippyyippy wrote a tip Jan 2024
New York City, New York36 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have a car. There are no Ubers or taxis."
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1957 wrote a tip Nov 2023
Ottawa, Canada759 contributions310 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The pool and it’s area is beautiful however it’s spring and the pool is not heated!"
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DDR1234 wrote a tip Apr 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa669 contributions247 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"River view challet!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Nearby attractions include Elephant Whispers (1.4 km), The Elephant Sanctuary (5.0 km), and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a pool view, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tanks Bush Pub, Kuka Café, and Pioneer's Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hippo Hollow Country Estate offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Are there any historical sites close to Hippo Hollow Country Estate?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shangana Cultural Village (2.1 km).
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