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OUR COMMUNITY

Supporting Economic and Social Rebirth by Empowering Our
Local Communities to Meet Their Own Needs.

Hippo Hollow believes strongly in supporting and uplifting the local Hazyview communities.

The Shangaan River Club is named after the local people of the area, the Shangana, who are regarded as the earliest inhabitants of the surrounding area, besides the hippos themselves! This initiative, running since 2003, not only re-unites the children with their African heritage (preserving the legacy for generations to come) but empowers these dancers. With each song, the local chief narrates a song or proverb from tribal legends enlightening guests with this intriguing culture.

Currently we have 18 local dancers (between the ages of 13 – 26 years), under the leadership of Abraham. The dancers are from the Venda, Tswana, Zulu and Swazi Cultures and are all originally from the Msogwaba (Nelspruit) Community.


Continuing to support and uplift local communities, Hippo Hollow endeavours to employ and contract as many locals as possible. We are loyal and have ongoing relationship with our contractors, evident in our building and maintenance teams.

Frank Mgwenya (Carpenter) from Marite community has been working with Hippo Hollow since opening in 1995. His assistants: Clifford Mgwenya (Son), Thapelo Mgwenya (Cousin) and Sponono Mathebula are also part of the community.

Our Thatchers, Starch Mhaule & Tarzan Mkhonto, have been with Hippo Hollow since 2009, and work between all 3 Hollow Hotels where their thatching skills are need. Their Assistants are Thulani, Sonnyboy, Edward & Simphiwe.

Eric, our Builder from Shabalala community has been with us since 1992.

Our Painter, John from Numbi community worked here a long time ago and then came back in 2012, with his assistant, Xolani from Mkhuhlu community.

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