South African Hotels

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Address
R40
Hazyview 1242
Mpumalanga
South Africa
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Hotel Type
Business, Family, Conference, Leisure
R1150.00SINGLE RATE
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The Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a haven of peace set on the banks of the Sabie River in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Found in the luxurious and native gardens of Hazyview, this magnificent country estate is a mere 10 minutes away from the renowned Kruger National Park which makes it the perfect base from which to experience the scenic Lowveld of the region.

Many exciting activities are on offer for guests staying at the Panorama Route and the Kruger National Park which include game drives and walks, hot air balloon safaris, helicopter trips, elephant interaction and rides, quad biking and horse rides, to name but a few. This region of South Africa is home to spectacular attractions which include the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, the historic town of Pilgrims Rest and waterfalls. Worth a visit is the beautiful Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit as well as the Sudwala Caves.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in distinctive, and exceptional thatched garden and river chalets as well as courtyard hotel rooms. These rooms provide excellent views of either the indigenous gardens or the significant Sabie River.  The non-traditional approach to the accommodation leaves guests with a stunning ‘Out-of-Africa’ experience; one that is both relaxing and invigorating.

Room types:

  • Standard Rooms
  • Chalets (River Chalets accommodate families with children).

Standard room features:

  • Hair dryer
  • King bed or two single beds
  • Linen and towels
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Showers
  • State-of-the-art room safes
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.

Family accommodation with children:

Children charges are additional and are NOT included in the quote. The River Chalets are ideal for families who can accommodate two adults and two kids under the age of 12.  Children charges are as follows (subject to change):

  • Jan - March 2015: R 400.00 per child per night
  • April - Sept 2015: R 290.00 per child per night
  • Oct - Dec 2015: R 400.00 per child per night.

Facilities

The beautiful gardens of the country estate are home to two swimming pools and an incredible array of bird species. The mighty river is the perfect resting spot for the local hippos and crocodiles while water birds, monkeys and even elephants visit the river often too.  Guests can stay in touch with the office and their loved ones via the estate’s WiFi service.

Facilities:

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Boardroom facilities
  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Curio shop
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Sun deck
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • WiFi / Internet access.

Dining and Cuisine

The Restaurant, offering a bar and lounge, has as its backdrop a large variety of waterbirds as they dance over the water while the lazy hippos forage on the lawn.  The restaurant serves an extensive variation of tasty dishes all enjoyed with some of South African best wines.

Conferences

The natural setting of the estate provides an ideal setting for creative thinking and so makes the picture-perfect venue for meetings. Catering for events of up to 100 guests, the location ensures that African-styled conferences held here are readily available for all the delegates.

Conference facilities:

  • Ceiling-mounted data projection system
  • DVD and audio system
  • DSTV connectivity
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Dual-lighting
  • Data and power connections
  • Air-conditioning.

Nearby Attractions

The Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga features so many natural attractions which will certainly provide guests with an outstanding experience. The Kruger National Park offers exciting game drives on which the "Big Five" can be admired. From the Blyde River Canyon, the famous Three Rondavels can be seen, and a most fantastic view unfolds in front of visitors stretching for many kilometres. 

Nearby attractions:

  • Kruger National Park
  • The Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
  • Waterfalls, e.g., Mac Mac
  • Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit
  • Nelspruit Golf Course
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Barberton Museum.

Nearby Activities

The Lowveld area provides a fantastic array of activities; some relaxing, some exhilarating, some cultural. Enjoy a safari drive in the Kruger National Park or take a helicopter ride to see the majestic gorges and surging waterfalls from new angles.  Witness the intellect and benevolence of the gentle elephants or unwind in a comfy hammock overlooking the swimming pool and the river wildlife

Nearby activities:

  • Game drives and walks (day, sunset and night safaris)
  • Aerial Cable Trail
  • Quad Bike (Sabie River Valley)
  • Big Swing, Abseiling
  • Wall Climbing, Paint Ball, Rafting
  • White Water Tubing
  • Inflatable Kayaking
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Elephant Interaction and Ride
  • Horse rides (kids, sundowner, cattle drive trail)
  • Chimpanzee Eden & Botanical Gardens
  • Blyde Canyon Boat Cruise and Cheetah Project Tour
  • Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park
  • Guided Panorama Sightseeing Tour
  • Shangaan Evening Festival.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In room safe
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Restaurants

The Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Bring any occasion to life with a dinner experience of a lifetime at the Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. Based at Perry’s Bridge Trading Post, the music, delicious cocktails and scrumptious food ensure that the restaurant is as pulsating as the colours on its walls. With stylish, afro-chic décor in an up-to-date and modern space, the restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as a variety of delicious coffees and refreshing cocktails.

Restaurant

This perfectly positioned restaurant offers a bar and lounge and serves a large variation of tasty dishes all enjoyed with a variety of fine South African wines. This dining venue at Hippo Hollow seats 200 guests and the light and spacious restaurant opens out onto an expansive deck area that ensures guests feel at one with nature. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with new and improved items being added to their menu regularly.

Swimming

The Hotel features a lovely outdoor swimming pool which lies in the estate's garden. The pool offers a great refreshment during the warm afternoons.

Nearby attractions
  • Kruger National Park
  • The Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
  • Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit
  • Nelspruit Golf Course
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Barberton Museum.
Shangaan River Club

The Shangaan River Club provides guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a night of Shangaan song-and-dance and a memorable African feast.  Mouth-watering dishes are served from customary cast-iron pots enhancing the Shangaan experience.

All the festivities take place under the thatched boma where delicious South African and Shangaan cuisine and culture provide a night to remember.  Entertainment includes the enthusiastic participation of children from a local AIDS orphanage as well as narratives from the local chief, via songs or proverbs, which enrich the evening with thei customs and heritage of the Shangaan people.

Perrys Bridge Trading Post

The unique Perry’s Bridge Trading Post is found a short kilometer away from the Hippo Hollow Country Estate. Offering a wide a selection of goods from furniture to clothing, linen to leather works and curios to confectionery, visitors can also enjoy mouthwatering refreshments at the post’s restaurants including the Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.

The Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

The Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre is a very special place offering peaceful gardens, intriguing shops, a vintage motor museum, a cinema, the White River Art Gallery and a number of restaurants.   The range of shops as well as the quality of items and the element of surprise are all part of this exclusive life-style experience.

Skyway Trails: Tree-Top Challenge

Situated at Perry’s Bridge Trading Post is a unique and fun-filled outdoors experience. Suitable for all ages, the tree-top course consists of 19 obstacles ranging from balancing beams, rope bridges and a 50m zipline.

Nearby activities: Kruger/Lowveld Adventure Centre

Game drives and walks:

  • Open Vehicle Safaris
  • Kruger Park Sunset Safari
  • Sabi Sands Night Safaris
  • Sunset Spectacular
  • African Night Experience
  • Morning Walking Safaris.

Adventure activities:

  • Aerial Cable Trail
  • Quad Bike (Sabie River Valley)
  • Big Swing
  • Abseiling
  • Wall Climbing
  • Paint Ball
  • Rafting
  • Geckoing/White Water Tubing
  • Inflatable Kayaking
  • Microlight-Bantam B22j Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Cascades Helicopter Flight
  • Cascades & Canyon Delight Helicopter Flight
  • Cascades & Canyon Spectacular Helicopter Flight.

Elephant experiences:

  • Elephant Interaction
  • Elephant Interaction and Ride
  • Early Morning Wake Up, Brush Down, Interaction and Elephant Back Ride
  • Sunset Interaction, Elephant Back Ride and Sundowners
  • Ultimate Elephant Experience.

Horse rides:

  • Childrens Pony Ride
  • 1 Hour Ride
  • 2 Hour Ride
  • Sundowner Ride
  • Cattle Drive Trail.

Wildlife experiences:

  • Endangered Wildlife
  • Chimpanzee Eden & Botanical Gardens
  • Chimpanzee Eden (Self Drive)
  • Blyde Canyon Boat Cruise and Cheetah Project Tour
  • Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park.

Scenic experiences:

  • Scenic Excursions
  • Full Day Panorama Tour
  • Mozambique Day Tour.

Cultural experiences:

  • Shangaan Evening Festival.

Conferences at Hippo Hollow Country Estate

The environment in which the Hippo Hollow Country Estate is set is certainly conducive to creative and productive thinking and so makes the picture-perfect venue for conferences.  Catering for events of up to 100 guests and only ten minutes away from the renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa, the location of this country estate ensures that African-styled conferences that are held are successful.

The gardens, pools and incredible atmosphere in and around the estate ensure that there are many places that are ideal as break-away spaces. All conference meals are prepared by the on-site restaurant and guests can enjoy the meal in the pleasant surroundings of the a la carte restaurant. Alternatively, the delegates can experience the fun and feast that is prepared by the Shangaan River Club.

Conference facilities:

  • Ceiling-mounted data projection system
  • DVD and audio system
  • DSTV connectivity
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Dual-lighting
  • Data and power connections
  • Air-conditioning.

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Nearby golf course
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
Baby Facility

Baby sitters and cots are available for guests with small children.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • WIFI
General Services
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome at the country estate and children under the age of two years stay free of charge.  The river chalets are ideal accommodation for families.

    Children charges are additional and are NOT included in our quote.

    Children charges for 2015 are as follows (subject to change):

    • Jan - March 2015: R 400.00 per child per night
    • April - Sept 2015: R 290.00 per child per night
    • Oct - Dec 2015: R 400.00 per child per night.

    The River Chalets are ideal for families which can accommodate two adults and two children under the age of 12.

Social Responsibility
  • The Hippo Hollow supports the economic and social rebirth of the native area and its people by empowering the local communities to provide for their own needs and the Shangaan River Club is named after its people, the Shangana.

    The Shangana are regarded as the earliest inhabitants of the area and the Shangaan River Club initiative has been in existence since 2003.  It empowers the dancers and re-unites children with their African heritage thereby preserving the legacy for future generations.

    The 18 local dancers, between the ages of 13 – 26 years of ages, are from the Venda, Tswana, Zulu and Swazi cultures, from the Msogwaba (Nelspruit) Community.  The Shangaan River Club provides guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a night of Shangaan song-and-dance and a memorable African feast.

Available Rooms

Standard

# Rooms:
54

Travelers enjoy the air-conditioned Standard Rooms which are located on the first floor. These units provide thatched accommodation. The estate features all together 28 Courtyard Rooms and 26 Standard Rooms. Each Standard Room accommodates a maximum of two guests.

Standard room features:

  • hair dryer
  • king bed or two single beds
  • linen and towels
  • non-smoking rooms
  • showers
  • state-of-the-art room safes
  • tea and coffee making facilities.
Single Room R1150
Double Room R1740

Garden Chalet

# Rooms:
19

With en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and impressive finishes of local wood, the Garden Chalets at Hippo Hollow provide the ultimate retreat from the urban jungle.  No televisions, no telephones, no wifi – an idyllic space for guests to unwind and revitalize.  The 19 Garden Chalets are perfect for couples.

Standard Room features:

  • hair dryer
  • king bed or two single beds
  • linen and towels
  • non-smoking rooms
  • showers
  • state-of-the-art room safes
  • tea and coffee making facilities.

Additional features in the Garden Chalets include:

  • veranda overlooking the gardens
  • cots available on request
  • double shower
  • ceiling fan and heater.
Single Room R1150
Double Room R1740

River Chalet

# Rooms:
18

With en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and impressive finishes of local wood, the River Chalets provide the ultimate retreat from the urban jungle.  No televisions, no telephones, no wifi – an idyllic space for guests to unwind and revitalize. The 18 River Chalets are suitable for families as they offer a loft room and two single beds.

Standard room features:

  • hair dryer
  • king bed or two single beds
  • linen and towels
  • non-smoking rooms
  • showers
  • state-of-the-art room safes
  • tea and coffee making facilities.

Additional features in the River Chalets include:

  • 17 with Loft and 2 Single Beds (ideal for families)
  • basic kitchenette with mini-bar fridge
  • ceiling fan and heater
  • double shower
  • private deck overlooking the Sabie River.

The River Chalets are ideal for families which can accommodate two adults and two children under the age of 12.  Children charges are additional and are NOT included in the quote

Single Room R1360
Double Room R2020

Deluxe River Chalet

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.036088

Longitude: 31.124464

Directions

Directions from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to the Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview / Mpumalanga:

Exit the airport taking the second exit at the roundabout onto the R538.
Turn left at the next T-junction and immediately right towards Plaston (R538).
Carry on straight for 8.7 km until you get to the first traffic lights in White River (Mosque is on your left hand side) and turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview (Pass straight through the roundabout, traveling approximately 43 km)
At the T-junction turn left into Hazyview & continue straight through the C.B.D.
Once you have passed the Total Filling Station on your left, 500m further on you will find Perrys Bridge Trading Post & Hotel on your left hand side. Cross over the stop street and Hippo Hollow will be on your left hand side, before crossing the Sabie River.



Directions from Johannesburg / Pretoria to the Hippo Hollow Country Estate:

Take the N4 or the N12 to Nelspruit via Witbank and Middleburg.
Approximately 2km before Nelspruit take a slight left (travelling approximately 270 m) then take a right toward the R37.
Carry on straight through the first roundabout, taking the first exit at the second roundabout. At the second set of traffic lights take a left turn onto the R40 (travelling approximately 15km) until you reach the first Robot in White River.
Take a slight left at the first traffic lights then turn right, continue straight and take a slight left at the second set of traffic lights onto the R40. Carry on, passing straight through the roundabout (travelling approximately 43km)
At the T-junction turn left into Hazyview and continue straight through the C.B.D.
Once you have passed the Total Filling Station on your left, 500m further on you will find Perrys Bridge Trading Post & Hotel on your left hand side.
Cross over the stop street and Hippo Hollow will be on your left hand side, before crossing the Sabie River.


Access to the Hippo Hollow Country Estate by plane:

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) is about 50km away from Hippo Hollow.
Airport transfers are available which can be booked
Currently SA Airlink operates daily scheduled flights to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

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