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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Run-down, ramshackle kind of place. The "restaurant" had nothing other than a very poor quality salad to offer, as everything else on the menu wasn't available. Swimming pool was green.The tariff we originally were quoted wasn't correct so we ended up spending more money than we'd expected, and the rooms were way below average! Overall, a terribly disappointing stay. Seemingly,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We stayed here three nights and loved it. The host was very lovely and was so willing to help with any questions we had. We had problems with our rental car and she even called Avis to put us in the right direction. We had about three meals there and they were all prepared very tastily and the staff were... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I was happy to find Hippo pools had Accom as the whole of Hoedspruit was booked out! I kinda know why. The place needs a lot of maintenance, rooms are ok, but certainly not 3 star! Most positive thing I can say was my bed was comfy and clean. When I checked in I asked if there was a restaurant... More 

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Rooms and over all lodge is in a horrible state and over priced, not worth R 1100.00 per night This lodge has passed its hey days. Paid and they could not pick this up??? Should not exceed more than R500.00 per night.

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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2016

A beautifully clean and very neat room that was comfortable for our one night stay. Lovely crisp, clean white linen. A super pool facing room that was well equipped and had all the necessary goodies for a braai. Clean, modern bathroom. A most pleasant overnight stay with a very friendly reception lady. Was a bit far out of town so... More 

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Polokwane, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Where to start! This is a 3 star self catering spot! What you book online is not what you get! The owner, who was away, has still not contacted us for our refund after we were woken by the cockroaches scuttling over the 'kitchen' walls. We arrived with 2 young children at about 7.30 pm and had no hot water,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

Staff were helpful and friendly but not as close to the airport as thought so had to pay for transfer. We just paid for basic room which had no air conditioning but it was clean and neat. Swimming pool was fantastic. Unfortunately didn't sight any hippos that morning. Wifi was free but only accessible around reception area.

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London
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Reviewed 22 January 2016

Lovely 'basic', rustic lodge with splendid Hippos and other wildlife roaming around. There is no air conditioning, however, so be prepared to BOIL! We were told there would be air con, but there were very slow ceiling fans instead. My friends slept on the floor and other locations to try and get cool at night. None of the doors to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 December 2015

No, seriously. The facilities are wonderful and the rooms are very well taken care of. This is not the place to party, but rather enjoy the nature and peace. Hippos may even come out of the river at night. Arrive as early as possible or you will regret it. I wanted to offset my entire trip by a day so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

A quaint hidden away set of apartments and hotel. No hippos during our visit and rather ironically to the name no pool. it may well have been a seasonal issue. I stayed here for three nights on business about a 15 min drive out of Hoedspruit. Follow the signs and then through the lane and it sort of appears on... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hippo Pools Resort is a friendly and intimate holiday resort situated on the banks of the mighty Olifants River. The resort is in close proximity to the Kruger National Park with two of the most popular main gates within 45 minutes’ drive. Only 22 km from Hoedspruit and within easy driving distance of local tourism attractions of the area, the resort is an ideal base to explore and enjoy the best that the Lowveld has to offer.Hippo Pools Resort has variety of accommodation options, with something for everyone - from family groups to business travellers looking for an overnight stopover. Cosy thatched Rondavels and poolside rooms at the main resort complex offer accommodation for couples and smaller families. Just a short walk away from the resort and nestled under jackalberry, wild fig and leadwood trees are the riverside houses each with three bedrooms, splash pool, and spectacular views over the Olifants River. All rooms are well equipped for self-caterers.The Resort has its own restaurant, licenced bar and tea garden that are open daily. Light snacks can be ordered at any time and pre-bookings can be made if you require breakfast and/or dinner.Hippo Pools Resort is also the perfect venue for conferences, functions and year-end parties. Our quaint little chapel under shady trees and next to the river provides a romantic setting for weddings both large and small. Access to the resort is by tarred road and for the aeroplane enthusiasts; the resort has an 800 metre tarred runway. Planes can be parked within viewing distance of the rooms and both fly-in weekends and fly-out breakfasts can be arranged.Hippo Pools Resort is home to a range of resident wildlife including the wallowing hippos who are our namesake! They can often be found relaxing in the pools of the Olifants River right in front of our riverside houses. Waterbuck, duiker, vervet monkeys, baboons and banded mongoose are often spotted, as is an array of fantastic bird life. Our bird list includes kingfishers, fish eagles, marshal eagles, trumpeter hornbills, rollers and even the elusive Pels fishing owl have been observed, to name but a few.If you are looking for a relaxed yet professional atmosphere with the perfect location and something for everyone, then Hippo Pools Resort is the place to stay! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hippo Pools Resort

Address: On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: ₹ 2,659 - ₹ 6,409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hippo Pools Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Ask for anything with AIR CON, if you can get it, hurray!!!”
 of 5 bubbles the-arctic-wolf, 22 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Out buildings have the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles davel779, 26 Sep 2015 | Read review
“They rooms by the pool. It was very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles 576fr_d_ricb, 13 Jul 2014 | Read review
“Unit next to the river to view the hippo's”
 of 5 bubbles 960bertien, 7 Oct 2013 | Read review
“The luxury rondavel, where we stayed, is probably not the most comfortable among the different options. Next time we will try the cottages facing the pool.”
 of 5 bubbles 758pietrom, 29 Aug 2013 | Read review
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