Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated on the Sabi River just outside Hazyview where beautiful water birds as well as hippos grazing on the lawns is a common sight.
Accommodation consists of 37 chalets located on the river or in a sub tropical garden as well as 54 en-suite hotel rooms. There are 2 large central swimming pools and a well-stocked curio shop on the premises including a selection of local art. There is a full service restaurant and bar offering country cuisine and a fine wine selection.
Open vehicle safari adventures into South Africa's largest and world famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park, in a specially modified open vehicle can be arranged (additional cost).
The Shangaan River Club, based at Hippo Hollow, offers traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine accompanied by a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local orphanage. The evening entertainment begins at 18:30 and prebooking is advised.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Breakfast is included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. A babysitting service and cots are available (pre-booking necessary).
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Hippo Hollow Country Estate can be included in you own dream holiday.
Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve
Kruger National Park
Destination: South Africa.
This 7 night itinerary is perfect for anyone who wants to combine a stay in one of the leading budget safari lodges in the Kruger area with a few days exploring the spectacular scenery of the Lowveld area that adjoins the Park.
This is a 7 night itinerary including Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park and Hazyview.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings
Hippo Hollow was great too. The staff friendly and the chalets over the river were perfect for hippo spotting in the evenings. Meals excellent.
We had one of the best meals I have ever had in SA at Hippo Hollow.
Hippo Hollow Country Estate Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Nelspruit/Mbombela: Take R40 North to White River/Witrivier (passing straight through Rocky Drift). In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself (with White River Toyota ahead of you on the left), turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next lights, turn right - with the playing fields on your left and, further on, an open park with a pond on your right. Cross over the next set of lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview, signposted to Phalaborwa (the R538 to Hazyview via the Numbi Gate is a slow, busy, potholed road and not recommended.) Continue on the R40 for about 45 km, where you will come to a T-junction.Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).
From KMIA Kruger Nelspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport in the direction of White River/Witrivier on the R538. Continue on this road for 12 km (there is a quick left and immediately right turn at the Plaston intersection – do not turn right to Kabokweni!) to the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40 (signposted Phalaborwa). After approx 45 km, at the T-junction, turn left, staying on the R40 and following signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).
From Skukuza/Paul Kruger Gate: Follow signs from the camp or the airport to the Paul Kruger Gate (about 12km). Travel through the gate and continue on the R536 to Hazyview. After crossing the North Sand River (some 50 km from the Gate), go straight across the first 4-way stop and straight across the next 2 stop streets. Continue over the roundabout to the traffic lights. Turn right, and continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).
From Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport: Take the R40 southwards towards Hazyview, turning left at Klaserie to stay on the R40. Be especially cautious about speeding on this road. Pass through the towns of Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge and Marite, following signs to White River and Hazyview. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your right just after the Sabie River bridge.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take N12 or N4 Highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg’s O.R.Tambo Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12) and then follow N4 Highway through Belfast and Machadodorp. After the Machado Toll Plaza follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit (lunch at Old Joe’s Kaia is recommended). Turn left where you rejoin the main N4 at Montrose and continue towards Nelspruit/Mbombela. At Nelspruit/Mbombela, follow the Hazyview/White River R40 signs from the N4 and around two subsequent roundabouts until you meet the R40 alongside the Mercedes dealer. Turn left and follow instructions from Nelspruit/Mbombela above.
General Information For Guests
All the chalets and rooms are en-suite and include air conditioning, ceiling fans, tea/coffee making facilities and modern guest amenities.
Standard rooms have satellite television and baths/showers.
All rooms and chalets have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and tea/coffee making facilities.
The River Chalets have a main bedroom and a loft with 2 single beds and a private deck overlooking the Sabie River.
The Deluxe River Chalets have a main bedroom and a loft with a sleeper couch and satellite TV, and a private deck overlooking the Sabie River.
The Garden Chalets have a verandah overlooking the gardens or pools.
The Standard Rooms have a satellite TV and balconies overlooking the gardens. Some of these are interleading.
Main guest facilities include a well stocked curio shop, 2 swimming pools, 24 hour security, river club, free secure parking, a restaurant and a public lounge and bar.
The on-site Hippo Hollow Restaurant, seating 200 people, offers both indoor and outdoor seating options and an expansive deck area overlooking the Sabie River below. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from an a la carte menu that is regularly updated. Meals can be complemented by a selection of South African wines from the cellar.
Guests can go on a Sabie River Bridge Sunset Dinner - an exclusive 3 course al fresco dinner overlooking the Sabie River. The dinner is limited to just 20 people so pre-booking is essential. Please contact your Travel Butlers consultant for more details and cost.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided.
A babysitting service and cots are available (pre-booking necessary).
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
Credit cards are accepted.
Nearby Elephant Whispers offers an Elephant Experience which will leave you with a renewed respect and admiration for these gentle giants of Africa. The Elephant Interaction, for both young and old, introduces you to Elephant Whispers’ five rescued African Elephant. This educational and interactive experience invites you to feel their trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behaviour and history from the Handlers. As ambassadors for their species, this elephant herd and their committed and deeply passionate team has an important conservation message to share.