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The rain continued and continued heavily all through the night and has still continued all through the day but despite it being extremely wet - look at Bob! = it has not spoiled our never to be forgotten very WET day in the Kruger. What a privilege it was to be sooh close to the animals. The big bull elephant scared me when he used all his strength …
An early start - all on the coach for 8 a.m.and off. I will let the photos tell the story.
... Once Alfred had secured the necessary permits, off we went in search of animals!
It only took about 10 minutes of slow driving before we had our first sighting of a beautiful full-grown leopard sitting at attention on one of the lower branches of a nearby acacia tree. It was approximately 40 feet from us. We sat, breathless, watching it. Alfred whispered that this leopard was hunting, looking for unsuspecting impala to pass by. As we sat there regarding it, ...
... travelers milling about in the lobby. However, we were pleasantly surprised to instead discover that we would be traveling by private car. We met the driver as we exited the lobby. He introduced himself as Obid and gestured us over to a late model Camry.
Obid was very polite. He was probably in his 20s and had a gleaming black shaved head. He was also a good driver, and we felt we were in good hands. At the beginning of our journey, ...
... to a room where we were allowed to stay for the night and Rob went back with a security guard (who was asleep) to pick up the belongings and pack up the tent so whoever was out there couldn't come back to steal more.
After that, we spent a sleepless night in a locked room with a bed and toilet. Neither of us able to drop off to sleep, suddenly realising just what had happened and what could have happened. We took stock of our belongings and ...
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Would recommend as a good place to stay. The staff are very friendly and helpful. You don't need a room service or telephone here. Comfortable beds and very good cuisine. A good chance you may see an alligator or hippo from the bar or dining room. Now good is that?
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My wife and I and our friends stayed at the Hoppo hollow at the end of Sept and it was absolutely wonderful.The staff were very warm and friendly and could not do enough for you .C J was very helpful in organising a trip from the hotel, unfortunately could not go on the helicopter flight over the Bligh river canyon , as all the pilots were fighting fires in Mozambique. So he organised a trip to go white water rafting, it was a great laugh. Next day , we went on a all day trip into the Kruger, we seen all the Big Five and many more. The hotel gave us a great packed lunch and it was a great day to remember, as our guide Raymond was very informative and funny,especially when pointing out some animals he would say that they were good to eat!!! The food at the hotel was superb and very cheap and Cyril the barman would mix some fantastic cocktails.The rooms are detached chalets with thatched roofs and are very clean and comfortable.Our chalets overlooked the Sabie river with a decked terrace , where you can sit watching the wildlife!
A little bit of paradise
We spent our honeymoon here and had a fabulous time. Rooms were quite basic and rustic, but added to the charm of the place. Setting was stunning, watching hippos wallow whilst supping cocktails. Service and food was excellent too.
Fantastic location, Fantastic Staff, Amazing rooms and Food to die for!!! This was our first visit to South Africa and it certainly won't be our last. From start to finish, the staff made us feel very welcome and thanks have to go to Cyril from behind the Bar and TC the Restaurant Manager. Both were exceptional in their professionalism and tireless in making our holiday special.
Upon arrival and check in we were shown to our new home for the week. We were staying in a chalet overlooking the river. The chalet is ideally intended as a family room as it had an upstairs with a further 2 single beds (4 in all).
We stayed at the Hippo Hollow on the 12 April for 5 nights. We had a chalet overlooking the river (room 13) which was lovely. Fantastic double shower, small kitchenette with fridge, large bedroom area with another two beds upstairs. Food at the hotel was superb (as was the wine), all staff were helpful and friendly - especially TC and Cyril (if you go, tell them Paul and Karen say 'Hi'). Trips available from the hotel - of course there is the safaris (private ones as well as the Krugar). We saw everything except for the Leopard - fantastic. You can also abseil, white water raft and horseride nearby - all fantatically organised with experienced staff. Nights are pretty quiet, a quiet drink at the bar but you don't go to Krugar if you want nightclubs!!! All in all a fantastic 5 nights - we would definately return to this hotel.
We stayed in Hippo Hollow for 4 nights in March. It was lovely. Great location from Kruger Park (around a 5-10 min drive to Phabeni Gate)
Rooms were nice, staff couldn't be more helpful and the restaurant was lovely. You can eat quite near to the river, and in the evening when all the candles on the tables are lit, it looks great.
I really cant think of anything to complain about....err, the dinner menu could be a bit hit and miss and we didn't see any hippo's. Thats about it, otherwise probably the best hotel we've stayed in for a long, long time.
We have returned from 5 nights at Hippo Hollow. The hotel was small but very friendly. Nothing was any bother to any of the staff. They all had smiles on their faces whenever you met them form the management to the cleaning staff. The food was excellent and well presented with a good variety to choose from. It was my husbands 50th birthday while we were away and he has never been treated to anything like this in his life. I organised a special chocolate cake for him and some of the staff brought it out singing a greeting in african to him then they sang happy birthday in english and also african the look on his face was worth every penny of what we paid for our stay. The first night while waiting for dinner a baby hippo came out of the river and was grazing just a few metres away from us. The rooms are well equipped if you would like do your own cooking. The beds and towels are changed every day. It was like a piece of paradise on earth for us.
Stayed in June 2005 for five nights in Hippo Hollow. A charming rustic venue. If you are expecting 5 star Hilton accommodation, think again, but Hippo Hollow has a rustic charm of its own, that in my opinion is more inviting than the big multiple chains.
This place is fantastic. A three star that over exceeds. The resturant is fantastic the quality of the food nothing short of superb. We stayed for 5 nights and never got bored of eating in the resturant and marvelling at the Hippos, grazing or swimming whilst sipping a cold castle!!
I went to South Africa for 2 weeks and spent 3 nights at Hippo Hollow. It was an amazing place. The rooms were wonderful - individual thatched rooms with balcony looking over the River Sabi. In the evening you can sit outside in the restaurant and watch the hippos walking along the river. Food in the restaurant was exceptional . It was a great location to explore the sites of the area which are amazing. Well worth a visit.