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Hippo Pools Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Adelaide, Australia
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“Good Overnight stay”
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.

  • Stayed December 2015, travelled as a couple
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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 the toilets/bathrooms shut - no locks and all opened due to mould, swelling to the wood, hence me not being able to go to Number 2 for the entire duration of the trip for fear of people catching me in the act!
Also a bit dirty and mouldy - the bathrooms need a serious refurbish to bring them up to date, get them clean and fresher. Spiders and moths all over the windowsills, however this could be just a cleaning issue - which didn't get addressed. I think the cleaner was on holiday while we were there.
Main swimming pool was green so no one got in...but individual lodges had plunge pools which were nice and clean. Barbecue area good too.
Staff sort of non-existent - always away on errands. Only get wi-fi at the cafe, but not in the rooms.
Good bargain basement place - pretty and rustic and good if you don't want anything luxurious, as looking at the wildlife was great and there was plenty of space to stretch etc but needs better cleaning and AIR-CON!!!

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  • Stayed November 2015, travelled with friends
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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 I could spend one more night here.

Stayed December 2015, travelled with friends
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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 you. Consisting of apartments and houses alongside the river bank there is something unique about it
I went in the winter in essence and I wasn't looking for any hippos My accommodation was a house overlooking the river but didn't show me any hippos, but I can see the appeal.
Hippo pools did appear tired in places, the bar was empty of stock, the shelves messy and disorganised and with a fridge that you'd find in a kitchen under-filled with beer. The staff were it appeared not allowed to manage the money and any cash payment required the manager to come in and sort.
The pool llooks very nice, but there was no water in it - I didn't ask why, again I'm assuming it was the low season and it was being cleaned? All said and done, the staff were meticulous, breaakfast was very good I thought and the rooms, albeit tired and set in 70s decor were clean and tidy, mine had a great power shower and a hot tub?? No wifi in the room - only in reception.
Choice is limited in this area, you're a short distance from many game reserves and the local town, for a few days I think it's a unique experience. The town has all you need. Even the owner is unique and almost eccentric, but couldn't be more helpful. It's not 5 star but is good value and if you have your own plane - it has its own landing strip.....

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  • Stayed August 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Our family of 6 stayed in 1 of the houses at Hippo Pools, which was ideal. We were only passing through for 1 night but were made to feel very welcome by Meryl, who was also a good source of local information. After breakfast we saw Hippos in the river outside our windows. Perfect.

  • Stayed September 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hippo Pools Resort

Property: Hippo Pools Resort
Address: On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Price range (per night): R990 - R1 096
Hotel Class:3,5 star — Hippo Pools Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnificent Olifants river property is ideal for a weekend breakaway where you can even fly in and land on the tarred landing strip located on the Estate. A Must stay property for the bush lover that have a large family and friends that enjoy each others company, African sunsets, birdlife and the luxury of a fully equipped house. ... more   less 
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