We stayed at Hippo Hollow as part of a group tour around South Africa. The two previous reviews say it all and I agree with both. We had a ground floor room in the two storey block, and it was well furnished in a rustic style with TV (we didn't switch it on!) and room safe. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower and the floor is not slippery.
There are two parts to the hotel, the thatched individual cottages and the block of rooms. Each part has its own swimming pool and nicely landscaped gardens. As it is now winter in South Africa we did not try the pool. Although the weather during the day was quite warm and sunny, the temperature drops rapidly at sundown (5.30pm) and the evenings and early mornings can be very cold.
If you are taking a game watching trip, the advice given by our tour guide was to 'dress like an onion' with lots of layers as the open jeeps used are draughty, and the mornings (5.40am start!) are very cold. As it is winter, there are far fewer bugs around. There were mosquitos down by the river, but there are also bats which eat them. We did not get bitten at all. The only visitor to our room was a tiny red legged frog.
The hippos came out and grazed on the lawns two of the evenings we were there, and crocodiles were also seen in the river. There are loads of birds in the gardens, but the noisiest dawn chorus comes from the Hadedah - a large brown ibis.
Buffet breakfast was excellent, with a good range of fruit and cereal. Eggs cooked to order. Evening meal was buffet with a fair choice, although the vegetables were a little unusual.
The Shangaan River Culture show is well worth watching, and the buffet meal included with that was good, and a trip to Elephant Whispers which is close by was wonderful.
The hotel has internet access at a cost of 15 Rand for 15 minutes.
All in all, an excellent hotel in a beautiful location with a well stocked bar and great prices.
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