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“Nice place to stay in Hazyview” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Hazyview
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice place to stay in Hazyview”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2009

Stayed 10 nights in Jul in a bungalow on the riverfront. Rooms were nice with a bedroom on a mezzanine floor and double shower. There was a large terrace overlooking the Sabie River with bbq. Did manage to see one hippo and a baby crocadile- both whilst having breakfast! The hotel is nice and staff are friendly, however, a little quiet on an evening for younger travellers staying for over 2/3 nights. You can walk up the road to Perry Bridge where there are 3 places to eat and drink, two really modern and with outside fire pitt on an evening. Two were restaurant style and 1 a brewery/ pub, but all serve food at reasonable prices and cheaper than the hotel. Food was excellent in the hotel and at the Perry Bridge complex. We tried Kudu (antelope), crocodile and ostrich in the hotel- order the canivore platter which is all very nice. Coctails were nice at Kuka in Perry Bridge too! It was quite cold at evening due to time of year, so a jumper, cardigan is definitely required. The days are warm enough to sun bathe and we made use of the pool several time during our stay (water was freezing though!). Most people tend to stay at hippo hollow for a few nights as part of an ongoing trip, despite this, we stayed for a longer period and found plenty to do in and around hazyview and Kruger. Michelle the virgin rep is excellent and will go the extra mile to ensure you have/ know everything you need. She is on call direct from the telephone in reception anytime. We did horse riding (horse whisperers), quad safari, golf, panaramo route & obviously visited the kruger park. We decided to hire a 4x4 from virgin and do the panarama route & kruger game drive ourselves. We would definitely recommend this as you can choose to travel at your own pace & stop when and where you please. We booked overnight accomodation in the park at olifants (about half way up) but did stop off at Satara which is slightly lower down & preferred the look of that place. It is also a good place for lion spotting! The hut at olifants was very basic and had a funny smell but wasn't expecting too much anyway. We managed to see 4 of the big five during the 2 day trip- we actually saw all 4 in the first day. Unfortunately, leopard hadn't been spotted whilst we were in the park as each restcamp has board listing the animals seen. When we did the panaroma route we decided to travel further north and visit the cheetah santuary. I would recommend this as you get to see other animals too and travel round the site on game vehicles. The tour lasted 1-2 hours and cost approx £6 each. Other things to do include the elephant santary- we decided to give this a miss as we have done something similar a couple of times before. There is also a spa further up from the golf course. We did fancy a hot air balloon ride or helicopter flight over gods window but these were both very expensive. There is also a Nando's in the shopping centre up the road from mthe hotel (walking distance). Same as back home but cheaper! There is a kfc in the same complex aswell. our self catering bungalows came with a large outdoor bbq on the terrace overlooking the river. We went to the supermarket and did bbq one night which was lovely. There are facilities to do the same in the restcamps in kruger too. Solly the customer relations guy at hippo hollow is very friendly and the guy behind the bar makes amazing cappucinos, lattes etc... Try the south african cider called savana with ice and lemon- it is very refreshing. They do sell it at tesco, asda and nandos in england aswell. One of the drawbacks was having to be transported to & from perry bridge on an evening. It is not safe to walk in the dark due to potential muggings (it is perfectly safe to walk around hazyview in the day though). They do not have a taxi service like in th uk, so we hired a driver for the first night. This cost approx £18 for a return journey of less than 1 mile. After this we mananged to get a lift from the hotel and resturant staff for free and did walk a couple of times but I wouldn't suggest doing so. We did see a rat in the hotel one evening but the restaurant manager caught it pretty quickly and removed it. We paid £1700 BB with virgin for the stay and spent approx £1000 for trips, car hire and all food and drink other than breakfast. We decided not to bookm the return flights from johannesburg to resort due to the added cost. It is a 5 hour drive form the airport which we were fine with and just slept most of the way. All in all a good holiday. I would not go back as we have seen and done everything in the area. However, I would recommend this to people of all ages incl children who will love seeing the animals,

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham uk
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73 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2009

As a travel agent I feel I can give a pretty fair assessment having fortunately stayed at many hotels across the world. Hippo Hollow's rating as a 3* hotel is accurate but is made better in its class because of it's location. Only 10 minute drive to the nearest Kruger gate and more than a fair chance of seeing hippo's in the morning from your balcony(if you have one of the chalet's overlooking the river-which Virgin Holidays clients get) and also from the restaurant in the evening on the grass which leads down to the river. We stayed 4 nights and saw hippo's every day. And one morning a crocodile too! The rooms are fairly basic and the chalet bathrooms could do with a makeover.
All the staff are friendly and the food pretty good with variety.
I would recommend booking your trips before you arrive as the reception staff didnt go out of their way to help with ideas/booking trips.
Apart from safari's I strongly recommend going to elephant whispers-if you like elephants its a great way to get up close and learn all about them. WARNING dont ask reception far a taxi-we did and the guy asked his fellow worker at the hotel to take us as it 'wasnt safe'. He charged about £20 and it took all of three minutes to get there! Walk and I am sure you will be ok. All in all though, a very good place to stay. Feel free to email me if you want any more information, and if you intend to book-mail me as I can normaly do it cheaper than virgin etc for UK clients!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cyprus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2009

Hippo Hollow is a quaint little hotel just outside the small town of Hazyview. Its situated right next to a river with warnings for crocodiles and hippos, which if you're lucky enough, you might just get a peek at during lunch or dinner. The staff were exceptionally friendly and overly enthusiastic in making the experience as enjoyable as possible. Its position and the deco remind you of the African culture and make you feel that you really are on safari 24-7.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2009

Great location, fantastic staff and really comfortable rooms.
Perfect location for game drives at nearby Kruger. Restaurant is excellent and the poached eggs at breakfast became legendary.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2009

We staying at the Hippo Hollow as part of a SA tour with Riviera Travel. Although we stopped at this hotel for 3 nights, we spent very little time there as the days were taken up by safari/tours which meant we were up and out at 6.00 a.m. and not returning until 5.00 p.m.

Without a car it is not easy to get out of the hotel to eat at any other restaurants or visit Hazyview for shopping. However there is a small shopping mall about 10/15 mins walk from the hotel. Having said that, the hotel restaurant was very nice and the food and service was good. I did think that the wines were expensive (R120) compared to other places, probably because they have a captive audience with coach tourists.

The grounds of the hotel are very nice and set next to the river, but they are not extensive. The rooms are either in 2 story blocks around the pool or in chalets in another area of the grounds.

We were in the block. The rooms were a good size and very comfortable with large bathrooms. The decor was very "safari lodge" layout. The hotels facilities said that hairdryers were available in the rooms so I didn't take one - point to note they are not available in every room so I needed to borrow from reception which was a nuisance as they don't have that many and you may have to wait.

The chalet style rooms are also set around a pool which mean that some have a lovely setting overlooking the river, but the other half of the circle have rooms either looking at the pool or gardens. Didn't go inside one so can't comment them.

Breakfast buffet was very good.

This hotel offer a buffet with a show (put on by local tribal leader next to the hotel). We did not go to this, eating in the hotel instead. Everyone on our tour, without exception, said that the food was not all that good and they didn't really enjoy the show.

Some of the tours were included but we did have a free day for optional excursions. These were expensive with the company so I pre booked on the internet before I left England. I booked a full day Safari with Spurwing which cost R580 each plus R140 entry into the park. We had an excellent day, a good guide, picked up on time - no problems.

We very much enjoyed our stay at Hippo Hollow

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2009

We ate in the restaurant which was billed as being elegant. It was freezing cold (I ate with my coat on), the restaurant looked like a cheap cafeteria, the food was average and the service was exceptionally slow. Had a much better meal down the road at a fraction of the cost at Pioneers. It may have been worth it if the hippos had shown themselves but we went on a Sunday and they hadn't been seen for 4 days so I'm not sure how often they are actually there. I think you probably pay for the possibility of seeing hippos while you eat and not for the restaurant or the service!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Worcester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2009

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.

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Address: Po Box 2304, Hazyview, | Mpumalanga Kruger Area, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hazyview
#3 Family Hotel in Hazyview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hippo Hollow Country Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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