Hippo Hollow Country Estate
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHippo Hollow Country Estate Hazyview
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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Historical Traveler Reviews Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hazyview
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!
When we came to pay our bill for 3 dinners ,1 packed lunch ,1 lunch in the restaurant, more than a few beers, cocktails and a bottle of wine and a £20 tip,it came to £200 for the 4 of us!!! We thought they made a mistake.We would recommend this hotel to everyone, it makes a great base for exploring the Kruger, our only gripe was that we did not see any Hippos, they were there the night before we arrived and no doubt made a appearance after we left, still thats wild animals for you!
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.
The Restaurant offers some really mouthwatering meals and whilst there, we tried the Kudu, Ostrich and Crocodile. All excellent value for money and delicious. Have to recommend the Kudu and Ostrich combi meal, which was unbelievable!!!
Hazyview is only a 5 min walk from the Hotel and has a few shops and a Pub, where the local beer is made. However, it's hard to pull yourself away from the Hotel, especially with all the wildlife around the place. Outside our room and on a small island in the Sabi River, we had 2 crocs, several kingfisher and some egyptian geese. There was a dead snake outside the Hotel, but I suppose that doesn't count. Oh!!! and get a look at the road sign just at the entrance to the Hotel. Warning motorists about Hippos!!!
We did the Kruger Safari, thanks to Thomsons Tours and had a day to remember, even if we didn't see any big cats or Rhino. The Hotel sets you up with a brill packed lunch, but do wrap up warm as it's very cold in the morning.
Within the grounds of Hippo Hollow is the local Shangaani tribe Camp, which offers you a chance to see the local 'tribe' entertaining, with folklore and dancing. The night begins with African Drums and fires and then you're greeted by the Chief himself and a tipple of the local beer. Food is included and again TC does his best to make you have a great time. You'll also get a chance to chat with a Sangoma or local medicine woman, but we missed this due to the lovely food on offer. All the youngsters taking part are orphans and the energy and dedication is amazing.
All in all, Hippo Hollow is a great experience and if the Hippos don't come to see you, head out of the Hotel and up the road towards Hazyview...at the first junction turn right and drop down the hill. When you get to the Golf course, just ask nicely and they'll let you in and direct you to the lake, where around 20 hippos wallow.
One last word of advise is for anyone taking Travellers cheques. The reception at Hippo Hollow doesn't change them, so you're left either paying the bill with Rand or your Card..
Oh and don't be worried about the Building work going on there, as you'll not notice it.
Can't wait for our return!!!!! 10 out of 10.
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).
Hippo Hollow is a B&B and the breakfast they served was of a very high standard, and the evening meals where very resonably priced and some of the meals were the best we have ever tasted. For the more adventurous eater, they serve crocodile, kudu, ostrich etc.
The hotel had a small pool in the middle of the resort but the weather did not permit us to use it, but had it have been warmer it did look enviting!
At the entrance of the hotel they are having building work done, it looks like a new block of accomodation, but this never bothered us at all during our stay, after all Hippo Hollow is so close to so many attractions you find you are hardly there anyway!
The hotel will arrange trips for you if you like, but we arranged our through our Thompsons rep. The hotel will arrange a breakfast pack for you if you are going on a morning safari (if you do go on safari at this time of year in the morning you really need to wrap up warm as early mornings in an open jeep are freeeeeezzzing!!!!!!
A visit to Kruger Park is an absolute must, we went on an arranged trip and then in our hire car, and both ways were memorable and enjoyable (if you go on your own, just buy a map when you pay your entrance fees!!)
Best of all about the hotel we were privalaged to see hippos on a number of occasions, mainly just seeing their head popping out of the water, but one evening a hippo took a stroll along the lawn in front of the restaurant. With our chalet facing the river, we often heard them 'grunting' in the river, so had we not have had a river chalet we would not have seen as many as we did.
Overall the hotel and its location is excellent, we are definitely going to stay here again!
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.
Paradise on earth
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.
Yes it really does have hippos and lots more
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.
The estate is split between independent chalet rooms and hotel style rooms. We were in a chalet room which included a balcony over the river, bbq area, kitchenette and large bathroom with double shower.
The service in the hotel was second to none, with extremely friendly staff.
Overall the top five things about Hippo Hollow
1) The great service offered by the hotel and its staff
2) The excellent food served in the restaurant. They do push the wine sales, but you can have a lazy dinner while watching the hippo's graze, and yes they do exist at Hippo Hollow
3) The location. Located within easy access of all the main attractions in Mpumalanga including Kruger, Blyde Canyon, waterfalls etc. I would recommend a hire car though. The roads are very good in the area
4) The accommodation and facilities. Two swimming pools. No gym however
5) The weather.... well it was excellent when we were there!
Great Place Great People Great Hippo's
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!!
The staff are great, the wine cellar is comprhensive. It is very near to the gates to discover the joys of the Krugar Nat Park.
My only gripe is no air con.
Make sure you get a hire car as this is the best way to explore the national park. And shop around if you intend on taking a tour, especialy at night as the government do the tours into the park at night. All the tour comapnies do is drop you off at the gate... be warned.
Seriously though anyone staying here can't fail to have a good time.
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.
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