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Hippo Hollow Country Estate is nestled amongst lush indigenous gardens on the outskirts of Hazyview, and is only a 10 minute drive from the world famous Kruger National Park, making it the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the sights of Mpumalanga.

At Hippo Hollow guests are accommodated in unique thatched Garden and River Chalets and Courtyard Hotel Rooms, which either overlook the beautiful gardens or the impressive Sabie River.

A variety of delicious dishes accompanied by a selection of South African wines can be enjoyed at Hippo Hollow Restaurant, whilst indulging in the sight of kingfishers and other beautiful water birds or the grazing of the hippopotamus on the lawn against the backdrop of a beautiful African sunset.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate Highlights:
- Affordable Comfortable Accommodation
- Set in a Lush Country Estate
- Two Swimming Pools
- Restaurant, Lounge and Bar Overlooking the Sabie River with resident Hippos
- Well Appointed Large Rooms
- Conference Venue
- Ample Parking within the Country Estate
- Free Wi-Fi
- Superb Backdrop for Weddings
- Family Rooms
- Shangaan River Club on the Estate
- Mpumalanga Helicopter Flips from the Hotel
- Elephant Whispers across the River
- Skyway Trails Tree-Top Challenge

A variety of activities await you, from open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park to helicopter adventures, swooping over mysterious gorges and cascading waterfalls. Thrill to the touch of elephant, witnessing their intelligence and compassionate nature. Immerse yourself in a feast of culture with a night of Shangaan dance and an unforgettable African Banquet. Relax in the extensive gardens in a hammock by a pool or watch the hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife congregate at the river. However you chose to spend your time, you will leave Hippo Hollow feeling relaxed and refreshed having experienced the timelessness of Africa.

Perfect for business travelers, families and couples. Hippo Hollow offers a hospitable African experience.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate accommodation:
This is not your standard accommodation establishment. Hippo Hollow is non-traditional with a refreshing Out-of-Africa vibe leaving you feeling totally relaxed. All rooms and chalets have en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities and are furnished with touches of local wood for a traditional finish.

The beautifully maintained gardens, with two swimming pools, is home to a wonderful variety of bird species, and the Sabie River attracts hippo, crocodiles, monkeys, waterbirds and even elephants from Elephant Whispers.

River and Garden Chalets:
If you are looking to escape the rat race, these chalets are for you... They do not have televisions, telephones or WI-FI. Just the perfect setting for you to relax and rejuvenate while overlooking the Sabie River or our peaceful gardens. The River Chalets are perfect for families with a loft room and two single beds, while the Garden Chalets are a great retreat for couples.

Courtyard Hotel and Standard Rooms:
Our Courtyard Hotel Rooms are ideal for guests who still want the basic comforts of television, WI-FI, air-conditioning and guest amenities. These spacious rooms have balconies and verandahs overlooking the estates gardens. For younger children cots are available on request. For older children a number of inter-leading rooms available.

For the budget traveler the air-conditioned Courtyard Standard Rooms offer comfortable thatched accommodation without all the extras. These rooms are on the first floor and have balconies.

Facilities and Services:
For a relaxing country break, with the convenience of being central to the Kruger National Park and the activities and attractions of the Kruger Lowveld, you will not go wrong choosing Hippo Hollow.

Hippo Hollow is set on a beautiful Country Estate with lush gardens, a river, dams and two swimming pools. This is an environment that will leave any nature lover enthralled, and offers the perfect respite after a day of game drives and exploring the beautiful Lowveld, or a productive conference.

The on-site Hippo Hollow Restaurant, with its bar and lounge, takes the prime spot on the Estate. Large sliding doors open onto views of the river and an expansive deck where guests can relax and enjoy watching hippo graze on the lawn while sipping on cocktails and indulging in delicious South African cuisine.

Shangaan River Club - a unique cultural experience - offers a hearty feast and an evening of traditional song and dance around a crackling fire, under the African skies.

Keeping in touch with loved ones, or staying on top of business can be done with complimentary Wi-Fi in our covered lounge (should you not be staying in a Courtyard Hotel Room, or using the conference room).

Catering for up to 100 delegates in an environment conductive to creative thinking, Hippo Hollow offers a great conference and banqueting venue.

Take off from the grounds of Hippo Hollow and enjoy a helicopter flight through the Blyde River Canyon with Mpumalanga Helicopter Co., or walk across the bridge and delight in an elephant interaction at Elephant Whispers. You could not ask for better convenience!

Food and Wine:
Hippo Hollow Restaurant:
Hippo Hollow Restaurant is perfectly positioned overlooking the meandering Sabie River within Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview.

Here you can enjoy a variety of mouth-watering dishes, whilst taking in the sights and sounds of kingfishers and other beautiful water birds, watching Elephant Whispers elephants having their afternoon drink from the river, or the hippo grazing on the lawn against the backdrop of an African sunset.

Seating 200 people, this light and spacious restaurant opens out onto an expansive covered deck area leaving guests feeling at one with nature. Hippo Hollow Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from a menu that is constantly being altered and improved to provide new and innovative ways to present local seasonal food at its best.
Guests can complement their delicious meals with a selection of fine South African wines from our wine cellar.

Kuka Cafe at Perry`s Bridge Trading Post:
Great food meets caf culture with a mix of creative cocktails and delicious food, complimented by an extensive wine list.
Passion can be found in everything at Kuka. Cocktails and heady mixers are designed to enhance your meal experience. From sumptuous breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to coffee delights and superb cocktails, Kuka offers it all and more. Kukas mood is sophisticated afro-chic presented in a modern open space, decorated with bright vibrant colours.

Shangaan River Club:
Immerse yourself in a feast of culture with a night of Shangaan song and dance and an unforgettable African Banquet. Follow the sound of the beating drums through a path of flaming torches and immerse yourself in a Feast of Culture. Based at Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview, the Shangaan River Club welcomes all to the festivities under the thatched Boma where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word.

This joint venture between Hippo Hollow and the local community provides an enchanting evening blended with history and entertainment under the African night sky. An African banquet with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes your enlightening and entertaining Shangaan experience.

The Shangaan River Club is ideal for individuals, families, groups, or just you and your friends. The evenings entertainment starts at 18h30 in Summer and 18h00 in Winter (May, June, July).

Transfers to and from all regional airports (including Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg) to any destination within the Kruger Lowveld region.
- Baggage Transfers
- Inter-lodge and Hotel Transfers

Health and Climate:

Live Weather Report for Hazyview is always available at the hotel reception desk.

South Africa has some of the sunniest weather in the world and we are privileged to have warm, temperate conditions for most of the year.

With it’s hot summers and mild winters, Hazyview hosts a humid, subtropical climate. Here the hot summer days are often cooled by afternoon or evening rainfall and the warm winter days boast cloudless skies.

Temperatures vary in summer (October – April) from 18°C – 40°C and winter (June – August) from 8°C – 25°C.

Hazyview has Summer rainfall, with the most rainfall measured between November and February with an average of 767mm per season. It receives the lowest rainfall (±3mm) in June and the highest (±139mm) in January.

The area is reputed to have the best climate in the world for banana growing and you can see row upon row of these lush tropical plantations while travelling through the area. A great number of tropical and semi-tropical fruits are also grown in the area.

Mosquitoes unfortunately thrive in the climate of the Lowveld. Should you be visiting the greater Mpumalanga area and the Game Reserves, please consult a local pharmacist or family physician for advice on the best anti-malaria drug or drug combination you should take before visiting.

Rooms and Units Available:

Garden Chalets

Set in the lush estate gardens, the 19 Garden Chalets sleep 2 and are ideal for a couple’s escape.  The Chalets are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, double showers, satellite television, tea and coffee facilities and verandas overlooking the verdant gardens or pools.

Amount of similar units: 19
Sleeps 2 Adults

River Chalets

If you are looking to escape the fast pace of city life and slow down without the interruption of televisions, telephones or Wi-Fi, the River Chalets are ideal for you.  The 12 air-conditioned thatched chalets all overlook the Sabie River and are ideal for small families.  Each has a loft room with two single beds, and a private deck with river views offering the perfect setting for you to relax and rejuvenate.  The 6 air-conditioned Deluxe River Chalets can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.  The Chalets have a loft with a sleeper couch and satellite television as well as a private deck overlooking the Sabie River.  All the Chalets have double showers, modern amenities, ceiling fans, and tea and coffee facilities.

Amount of similar units: 18
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Standard Rooms

Our 54 Standard Rooms are ideal for guests who want to enjoy the bush and keep the basic comforts of television, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and guest amenities.  These spacious rooms have balconies or verandahs overlooking the estates gardens and are especially popular with business travelers to Hazyview.  For younger children, cots are available on request.  For older children, a number of interleading rooms are available.

Amount of similar units: 54
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Conference facilities
Bar on the Premises
Cots available
Curio Shop
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

-  7 to 4 Days prior to arrival, 40% of the value of the room/s booked will be charged as a cancellation fee.
-  3 to 2 Days prior to arrival, 65% of the value of the room/s booked will be charged as a cancellation fee.
-  Less than 24 Hours prior to arrival, 100% of the value of the room/s will be charged as a cancellation fee.


From Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N12 or N4 highway to Nelspruit and White River, Then take the R40 to Hazyview. At the T - Junction turn left into Hazyview. cross over three stop streets and follow the Hippo Hollow signs. Just after the Sabi Road turn off, you will see the Hippo Hollow Country Estates on the left.

Johannesburg to Hippo Hollow- approximately 5 hours (approximately 400 kms) Nelspruit to Hippo Hollow - approximately 45 min (approximately 60 kms).

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  • Guests Rating: (3)
  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast and Hotel
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Minimum stay: 1 Day/s
  • Sleeps: 210
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM