Hippo Pools Resort
is situated 22 km from Hoedspruit in the Limpopo province. Five hours drive from Johannesburg; we offer an affordable bushveld getaway, with a range of self–catering accommodation.
The resort is ideally situated between two Kruger Park gates (Orpen and Phalaborwa), and offers a great base to visit many of the tourist attractions in the area.
Dinners and breakfasts can be arranged at your convenience and served at the Restaurant while snacks are served all day in the Tea garden. In case you forget anything we have a small shop stocking the essentials, wood, Braai Packs, cool drinks, ice-creams etc.
The resort has a large swimming pool, volleyball court and mini put-put course.
Our reception renovation has been completed and our tea garden has opened again. We can offer guests breakfasts and lunches Sundays to Fridays, and should guests want dinner we can arrange it for them – this is a 3 course set meal served at the resort - please do give us 24 hours notice. Dinners can be booked for Sundays to Thursdays.
There is DSTV in the main Lounge. Accommodation at Hippo Pools Resort:
Hippo Pools Resort has a range of self–catering accommodation.
We provide all the linen except swimming towels. Rooms are serviced daily except Saturdays. Our Peak season is December and January. Riverside houses
Situated on the banks of the Olifants River, nestled under Jackalberry trees the river houses can sleep a maximum of 7 people (non smoking)with:
- Coffee & Tea facilities
- Three seperate bedrooms (two en-suite with shower and bath)
- Third bathroom with shower toilet and basin
- Air – conditioned Lounge
- Colour television
- Kitchen with full fridge & freezer, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, oven, microwave and toaster
- Veranda with Braai Facilities (private)
- Spash Pool
Luxury rondavels (Thatched)
Sleeps a maximum of 2 people offering:
- Queen Bed
- Colour television
- Self – catering facilities including microwave
- Shower and toilet Swimming Pool chalets
Next to the large swimming pool these thatched units sleep a maximum of 2 - 3 people with:
- Double bed & 1 Single bed
- Basic self catering facilities (fridge, hob, pots, pans, crockery etc)
- Colour television
- Shower and Toilet Budget Family units
Open plan room is equipped for 2-4 people sharing in the same room with
- Double bed and two single beds
- Small kitchenette
- Full bathroom Standard Rondavels
Budget Room features an air-conditioner, one double and two single beds, basic en-suite bathroom with shower, a kettle with basic tea and coffee is supplied. No self-catering facilities, food can be ordered from the restaurant and enjoyed on the main deck or brought to the room.
Hippo Riverside cottage
Luxury house on the Banks of the Olifants River. Private and tranquil, an ideal spot to watch nature around you.
Minimum 2 nights stay. Sleeps 8 - 10 persons with:
- 4 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- Full Kitchen
- Private lapa on the riverside
- Satellite Television
Please note rates exclude peak period over December and January.
Functions & Weddings
Our small thatched chapel is situated on the banks of the Olifants river. We cater for small to medium weddings with the service held at the riverside and usually the reception up in the main restaurant, although we have also catered for picnic weddings at the chapel.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Honeymoon Couples
- Laundry Service
- Ironing Service
- Limited Room Service
- Special Meals on Request
- Conference facilities
- Wedding facilities
- Team Building
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Dining room
- Bar on the Premises
- Cots available
- Curio Shop
- Parking (off-street - open)
- Parking (off-street - covered)
- Games Room
- Mini Golf
- Hiking / Walking Trails
- Swimming Pool
Hippo Pools Resort Activities:
The resort is ideally located for day trips to the Kruger park (Orpen or Phalaborwa Gate) and to visit many of the attractions of the area.
- Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
- Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
- Khamai Reptile Park (previously known as Swadini Reptile Park)
- Game Drives
- Bombyx Mori Silk Farm
- White water Rafting
- Balloon Safaris
- Quad Bike Trails
- Boat Trips on the Blyde Canyon Dam
- Day trips to God's Window, the Three ondavels, Bourkes Luck Potholes
- Nyani Tribal Village
Hippo Pools Resort Map:
Health & Climate:
We advise guests to take precautions against malaria.
Hippo Pools Resort Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 4
The staff and owners were exceedingly helpful and nothing was too much for them. The accommodation was excelent. None of us could find any faults with Hippo Pools.
Rating: Reviewed by Le Mercier over a year ago
Ons het dit baie geniet, en sal weer kom. Baie mooi fasaliteite, ons het net nie 'n aangename reuk gehad in die hoofslaapkamer nie. Dit wil voorkom of daar 'n drein probleem is, en die reuk vanaf die bad kom weens die tekort aan die regte afvoerpyp by die bad. Maar verder was dit elke sent werd.
Rating: Reviewed by Wilmari Venter over a year ago
That the toilet was open plan with the shower, upset my girlfriend. They should look at enclosing it.
Rating: Reviewed by Jim Gallagher over a year ago
We arrived late and the owner did everything to accommodate us plus brought us wood and braaipacks!!
Rating: Reviewed by Angie Gell over a year ago
Other Accommodation near Hippo Pools Resort:
Accommodation options within 8km from Hippo Pools Resort include:
Masodini Game Lodge - your Big 5 Paradise in Greater Kruger National Park. Here is one of the last unspoilt corners of Africa - vast, unhurried, timeless. A wonderful stay with an abuandance of Game and Bird life.
Ezulwini, the Zulu word for 'Place of Paradise', where Africa remains unspoiled.
The Ezulwini emphasis is on friendliness and informality. Enjoy either Ezulwini Billy's Lodge or Ezulwini River Lodge for an amazing safari experience.
Bushriver Lodge offers luxury accommodation on the banks of the Olifants river, 25 km from Hoedspruit, 55 km from the Kruger National Park. It is the ideal place from where to explore the Lowveld or just relax on the deck overlooking the Olifants river.
Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic backdrop.
Guest Rating: (5 reviews)
Just four magnificently appointed chalets sleeping only eight people, right in the heart of Big Five country within the borders of the eater Kruger National Park. Without a doubt, Naledi offers you the most personal, intimate experience anywhere.