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,
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