WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR HOTEL
SOME HOTEL REVIEWS TAKEN FROM OUR GUEST BOOK
A fantastic experience. Beautiful place & great staff - very polite, happy & welcoming. Thank You.
Lovely hotel, people & food. Staff have been really kind to us on our extended stay. & we are very grateful. Hope we can come back sometime.
Great hotel, wonderful staff & comfortable rooms.
The show was SUPER! We LOVED it. The dinner was also great!
Perfect Food. Friendly staff. Thank you.
Beautiful setting, lovely, friendly & positive staff. Can’t wait to come back. Thank you for making me so welcome.
Amazing setting, wonderful staff & an all round fantastic experience. Would definitely come again.
ABSOLUTELY awesome! Beautiful place, beautiful people. Thanks.
Lovely Place, Great Food & Perfect place to relax for our African Adventure. Thank You.
Definitely worth coming back. Felt like home for the past two days.
HOTEL REVIEWS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM TRIP ADVISOR
HIPPO HOLLOW, WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME *****
The reason for our trip to Hippo Hollow was quite simple, my wife wanted to visit Kruger Park for her 50th birthday, but I did not want to be “trapped” inside the park overnight each night. So it made sense to stay close to Kruger and travel in when required. Because we were booked in for ten nights, this meant we got to experience Hippo Hollow more than a lot of the short-stay coach parties that seem to be a large staple of their business.
Quite often businesses can seem very nice on the surface, it’s only when you actually need their help and service do you see their true colours. Well, when we arrived there was an issue with our Virgin Holidays booking (in fact, Virgin never actually posted me an accommodation voucher); however, the reception staff resolved the situation VERY efficiently and VERY quickly. We went very quickly from being grouchy long-distance travellers to being highly delighted after being shown to our chalet overlooking the river. Well done guys!
The chalet accommodation is very “rustic”, and there is no doubt that you have to “adapt” to the fact that you are staying in such accommodation (thatched roof etc.) in a subtropical climate. This is NOTHING to do with Hippo Hollow; it’s the way it is. I’m quite a wimpy European, normally being scared of house spiders etc., but even I realise that to enjoy the wonders of this area of Africa I have to put up with the odd Gecko, Fruit Bat (yes, one did decide to visit us at 4:00 a.m. one morning as it was returning from a “night out”), bug etc. The accommodation was great, despite the lack of modern conveniences such as air conditioning and TV (all available in the actual hotel section, I believe). We had magnificent views of Hippos in the river and the Elephants at the local Elephant Whispers attraction in the distance. Who needs a TV when you have this? All my wife needed was a seat on the deck, a can of insect repellent and a bottle of Savannah cider to keep her happy for the afternoon/evening after returning from a long day in Kruger.
Now on to the real pearl of Hippo Hollow, the staff. From the security guards, to the restaurant staff, to the bar staff, to the cleaners, to the reception staff, to the maintenance staff, to the management, to everybody else I may have forgotten, the attitude was superb. Two days into the holiday we were talking to a member of the management, who had popped over to talk to us at breakfast, and it became apparent during the conversation that this guy knew exactly who we were, this wasn’t just a random conversation with anybody sat having their breakfast, he had done his homework. And the same was true of all of the staff, they came to know who we were and the conversations never felt that they were “just being polite”, great interest and concern was always shown. One day we casually mentioned to a member of staff we would probably eat in the hotel restaurant that evening, we then didn’t think any more of it, especially given that the restaurant was very busy when we approached it at dinner time. However, there was a table ready for us; we didn’t even need to ask. I also have to say that the food was really good (and, to a European, very reasonably priced).
I was also impressed with the honesty of many members of the staff, from the waitress who cheekily said “wow!” when I ordered my fillet steak “well done” in the restaurant, to Alifie, a particularly friendly, and attentive member of the restaurant staff, who laughed at us for wanting to walk into town (to try and work off some of the extra calories) instead of taking a local taxi like her. I appreciate this type of conversation and it’s nice that the staff feel relaxed enough to join in with a bit of “banter”.
The management should feel very proud of themselves and their staff; they have created a great atmosphere for the guests and the staff do a wonderful job in maintaining this atmosphere. Would I return to Hippo Hollow? Absolutely, but I will be arguing with myself over the type of accommodation to book. A nice air-conditioned hotel room or a magnificent chalet?
A GREAT HOTEL *****
The rooms were large, spotless and very comfortable. The grounds were lovely and our room overlooked the river. We had a buffet the first evening and then tried a la carte the following day. The meal was wonderful ..... I had ostrich and I can’t remember enjoying a piece of meat so much! The staff were friendly and welcoming. We stayed at a number of hotels on our South African tour and this one certainly came out amongst the top.
RELAXING EXPERIENCE *****
This is such a lovely place to stay at. There is a pond with ducks, crocodiles and hippos around. Sprawling, well manicured lawns surround the pond. Chalets overlooking this view are strongly recommended.
The staff is very hospitable and friendly. Very clean place and spacious rooms. Have a lovely restaurant. Had only breakfast here. It was a lavish spread. The staff go out of the way to make you comfortable.
It is good for spending a relaxing holiday as there is absolutely no hustle bustle. Prices are reasonable but one must negotiate.
STUNNING LOCATION, CENTRAL TO EVERYTHING *****
Rooms were spacious and very clean, breakfast was a knockout service was awesome, the staff went out of their way to help and make recommendations. Nothing beats having a cocktail while waiting for the Hippos to come out of the water at night. We stayed 4 nights and only briefly saw a hippo on our last night.
A GREAT JUMPING OFF POINT FOR KRUGER TOURS ****
A very interesting property and a great starting point for tours of Kruger game preserve. Very comfortable rooms, excellent food, very friendly and helpful staff. They even provide a “bagged breakfast” for those going on the morning tours of Kruger. BOMA dinner was very entertaining. Didn’t see any hippos here but others did. The cat likes to have his tummy scratched.
BEAUTIFUL PLACE *****
Beautiful place. Hippos grazing at night and monkeys playing in the trees in the morning. The elephants could also be seen across the river, going to and from Elephant Whispers. The staff were very helpful and made you feel very welcome. The food was fantastic. We returned on our last night in Hazyview to enjoy a meal and watched two Hippos grazing outside the restaurant. A great way to finish our holiday. Highly recommended.
HIP AND HAPPY *****
We were a group of 18. We loved that they organized a special traditional African dinner for us at a very reasonable price with ample fabulous food on request. When we polished the “melktert” another promptly replaced it. It worked out perfectly that half of us could rest at the pool and lounge about while the rest could go game driving. Really beautiful setting and well kept. Rooms spacious, decor lovely, crisp and clean with brilliant service. Aircon and huge shower counts as great extra luxuries.
REVIEW OF RIVER CHALET *****
Lovely place, great views and very friendly staff. Hippo hollow is a fantastic place to stay with great connection to Kruger park. Very relaxing, wished I had more time to stay there. Food and wine excellent. Looking forward to returning next year. Highly recommended.
NO HIPPOS, BUT CROCS INSTEAD! *****
Second visit here for two nights. Delighted with all aspects of our stay; so much so we nearly came for another night en route back from Kruger. Brilliant staff who were great fun in all areas. Will most definitely return. Highly recommended.
IDEAL SETTING ****
Hippo Hollow by name and hippo hollow by nature!! What a fantastic place to spend a few nights while on a business trip to the area. I just wished that I had more time to stay there. If I was lucky enough to return for a pleasure trip to the area, I would certainly stay here again.
EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR BASE FOR KRUGER *****
Visited as part of a trip. Hotel met expectations and more. staff were welcoming and very friendly, nothing to much bother for them. The rooms were large, air conditioned and very comfortable and clean. After an extremely long day at Kruger the Hotel welcomed us back with a cold drink and towels for the pool. Food is excellent, plentiful and the a la carte menu is very reasonable. Sorry to leave.
KRUGER 3 DAY *****
This lodging exceeded my expectations. Staff are friendly and very accommodating. The dining area outside by the hippo viewing area is fantastic. Rooms spacious and clean. Proximity to Kruger is great.
GOOD BASE FOR VISITING KRUGER ****
Visited as part of a tour and stayed for 3 nights. A lovely location with comfortable enough room. The terrace overlooked the Sabie River and we were lucky enough to see the hippos on 2 nights for their evening constitutional. We also go to see the crocodile one afternoon just sunning itself on a rock. Food was good and service was friendly. If I come back then I would consider Hippo Hollow.
REALLY EXCELLENT HOTEL - MAGICAL! *****
Extremely attentive and helpful staff, wonderful food and incomparable location. Grounds alive with not only the well-publicised hippos and crocs, but dozens of beautiful bird species, Vervet monkeys and, at the right time of day, the elephants from neighbouring Elephant Whispers, bathing in the river. Try to get a table for breakfast at the front of the Restaurant overlooking the river - absolutely perfect.
WE LOVE HIPPO HALLOW *****
What a special place for our family. We had a chalet on the river. Cozy, lovely grass roof and wood beams and our daughter loved the loft. Seeing Hippos on the lawn was awesome and the staff and food were great.
A NICE STOP BEFORE KRUGER *****
Another good surprise during our trip to South Africa. Never being here before you just don’t know what to expect. We were very pleased with the facilities. From the start we were met by friendly staff that welcomed us to the hotel and showed us to our rooms. Unfortunately, after we unpacked we found that we did not have any water. They immediately moved us to another room. No problem. The staff in the restaurant was very friendly and the food at dinner was very good. Recommend trying the crocodile.
UNUSUAL & DELIGHTFUL *****
We stayed at Hippo Hollow for a week this August and found it to be delightful. We were in a chalet overlooking the Sabie River and were able to watch the elephants across the river and the local crocodile from our deck outside. The chalets are huge for two people and would easily accommodate a family of four as there is a mezzanine floor with two single beds as well as the very large double in the main room. The chalets are rustic but comfortable with a large bathroom with a double shower and a small kitchenette. Be prepared for early ‘wake up’ calls from the wildlife if you are in a riverside chalet!
The staff could not be more helpful, providing adapter plugs for us and even drying our clothes for us when we came back drenched from a storm one day. The restaurant food is very good and I would definitely recommend the tempura prawns!
We stayed here as it is only a short drive to Kruger Park and there is plenty to do in the area. Elephant Whispers a short walk from Hippo Hollow is a must to visit and the Panorama Tour and Zip Wire experience are great. We also enjoyed watching the hippos on the lawn during dinner. Skewers and the Springbok roast. The breakfast buffet was also good.
START OF TRIP *****
Absolutely mind boggling Most unusual hotel I have used. Lives up to its name and wild life viewing was exceptional. Wish I was back there, Good centre for Kruger park and elephant experience was most memorable!!
HIPPOS DON’T DISAPPOINT IN HIPPO HOLLOW! ****
We picked Hippo Hollow due to the name and my love of the animals and sure enough, out they came during dinner on our first night. Wonderful to be so close to these animals. The hotel was very comfortable; we were staying in a 4 person “lodge” with self-catering facilities, but due to it being the middle of winter we opted to eat in the restaurant. Food was good and plentiful and the staff were very helpful. The only suggestion I have is to provide better lighting in the rooms!
GREAT GATEWAY HOTEL TO THE AREAS RESERVES...... *****
We stayed here as on our way to the Sabie Sands Private Reserve. We arrived here the day after completing our climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, so maybe my judgment was clouded by a week in a tent and lack of showers. Our room at HH was beautiful, nicely decorated, fresh linens with quality sheets and towels. I thought I was in Heaven. The bed was amazingly comfortable. Bathroom amenities included a nice quality soap, large shampoo and shower gel.
We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant. Dinner was ordered from a menu and was tasty. The breakfast buffet was fresh, bountiful and tasty.
Staff was outstanding. We felt welcome and appreciated.
LOVELY PLACE, DEFINITELY COMING BACK ****
Staff was friendly. Facilities are nice. Service was at times slow and inattentive, but that’s Africa. Close to several great adventures: Elephants, Big Swing, Gods Window, Kruger & Harries Pancakes.
GOOD VALUE *****
Hippo Hollow will not disappoint. We had a chalet with a view of the river. From our deck we saw, you guessed it, hippos, as well as crocs and the largest monitor lizard I’ve ever seen. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable. Our room had a queen on the main floor and 2 singles in the loft. All this for under $100 US a night. I’m not sure what its rack rate is but that’s the price we paid and it was great value. The chalets do not have tv nor do they have wi-fi which made our 2 nights even more peaceful. When we wanted wi-fi, we simply sat on the couches found by the reception area. I wish we had spent more time at Hippo Hollow, as there is a lot to do in the area beyond the obvious - Kruger.
BEAUTIFUL SETTING *****
We spent 3 nights here as part of an organised tour. We were met with welcome drinks and our luggage soon arrived at our room. Staff very friendly and the gardens at this hotel are beautiful. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the river. Great location for the Kruger. Room was a little on the dark side but then we spent little time in it anyway. We were visiting in the autumn/ winter with temperatures of 75 degrees and beautiful blue skies! Loved this place would definitely go back.
GREAT PLACE WITH GREAT STAFF AND VERY PEACEFUL! *****
We stayed there over the Easter weekend in 2013. Both families got upgraded to Chalets and what a wonderful experience it was. Didn’t get to see any Hippos but had enough crocs around to make up for that. Perfectly safe and fine for families with young kids. Did a whole day at Kruger (shop around for a good rate). Took about an hour from Hippo and did a lot if sightseeing. Definitely rent a car if planning to stay here. Great value for money and a home away from home.