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“Stop Over” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hippo Pools Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
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6 reviews
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“Stop Over”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This resort, it seems, has a long history. It has been through several incarnations and as it stands at the moment made for a pleasant place for our one night stop over.
The place is in the process of being upgraded from being let go a bit in the past. The pool is great and the rooms clean and comfortable. Not a luxury feel but very adequate for our family. We asked about the restaurant and the lady on the desk said they had one but we would need to tell them we would want dinner in advance as it seemed it would not operate if we didn't go. She also told us there was a nice place just down the road, under 5minutes, whiter we could go. We chose this option as we were not sure of our plans and it was great.
As a resort it was probably under staffed but we liked it. A little run down but very friendly, clean and pleasant.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles 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, even the hippos have left, as there was not a sound or sign of them at all either!

Stayed August 2016, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 very friendly and appreciative. We originally had a budget rondavel booked but our host upgraded us to a family accommodation free of charge. There are some updates that need to be made on the property but our host was very aware of that and was working on it. The area the resort is in was very beautiful even during Winter. The pool wasn't very clean so we didn't go swimming, but to be honest most places we stayed didn't have pools up and working. There were plenty of cute curious monkeys also, some hippos that come out at night and they have a few elephants on the property. This place has quite a bit of history, and we felt nothing but welcomed here.

  • Stayed August 2016, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 and was told there was. When I dropped my bag in the room and went to find a beer, the place was locked up and nobody could access to the "bar!" Eventually drove back to town to find dinner!

Anyway, was passable for a night, but certainly wouldn't try holiday there!

Stayed August 2016, travelled on business
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles 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.

Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Price range (per night): R943 - R1 152
Hotel Class:3,5 star — Hippo Pools Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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 
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