Hippo Hills

Hippo Hills

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Accommodation Category: Mpumalanga and Self-cateringAccommodation Tags: Big-5, Hippo-hills, Kruger, Kruger Park, ngwenya, and selfcatering

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  • Hippo Hills is situated on the scenic banks of the Crocodile River – this luxury, thatch-roof house overlooks the Kruger National Park.

    Furthermore, an exceptional view of the Crocodile River from each and every bedroom makes for an incredible African memory

    Hippo Hills is just 4 hours drive from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport and close to both Swaziland and Mozambique borders. The house is part of a large resort called Ngwenya Lodge and daily activities can be arranged such as Elephant Back Safari, Micro-lighting, Game Drives, Quad Biking and Tiger Fishing. The lodge offers both local and international guests a superior living environment enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience. Our guest’s have full access to Tennis courts, swimming pools, a restaurant, pub, beauty salon, entertainment area, bat houses, bird hides, children’s game center, a convenience store, putt-putt course and much more.


    Our visitors are also welcome to go into the Crocodile Bridge Gate, Kruger Park (10 minutes away) on a self-drive or an open-vehicle game drive organised directly with Crocodile Bridge.  The more adventurous can experience the unique thrill of a foot safari accompanied by an armed game ranger and Shangaan tracker who will walk the bush with you, show you how to stalk impala and the short-sighted rhinoceros or chuckle at the antics of a family of monkeys.


    Often you do not need to go for a drive as most of the game can be seen from your private patio.  All day, relax around the rim-flow infinity swimming pool with its crystal clear water, or put your feet up with a good book on the special viewing deck overlooking swaying riverine vegetation – the natural habitat for elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and an abundance of buck


    Experience game drives in the Kruger National Park, walks amongst wild animals, stargazing in the African sky, open air dining and bird watching. Hippo Hills is located within the fences of the Kruger National Park and visitors, while lounging in the private swimming pool, have spotted all the Big 5.  Hippo Hills sits on a riverbed where the bird-life is magnificent … lie on the deck and hear the distinct call of the African Fish Eagle.


    Kruger National Park:
    The distance between Hippo Hills and Crocodile Bridge Gate is 9 km and Malelane Gate is 30 km. Entry into the Park is +- R260 per person per day for International Guests and +- R70 per person per day for RSA residents. (Wild cards from SANParks can also be purchased)
    Game (Safari) Drives:
    If need be you can arrange Kruger Park game drives and guided walks at Approximately R340 per person, per activity.
    Or you can hire your own vehicle and go on private game drives…remember your camera and binoculars.

    Gate Times:
    Jan 05:30 – 18:30 Jul 06:00 – 17:30
    Feb 05:30 – 18:30 Aug 06:00 – 18:00
    Mar 05:30 – 18:00 Sept 06:00 – 18:00
    Apr 06:00 – 18:00 Oct 05:30 – 18:00
    May 06:00 – 17:30 Nov 05:30 – 18:30
    Jun 06:00 – 17:30 Dec 05:30 – 18:30


    Other Activities:
    The house is part of a bigger resort called Ngwenya Lodge.  At Ngwenya Lodge you have full access to Tennis courts, swimming pools, a restaurant, pub, beauty salon, entertainment area, bat houses, bird hides, convenience store and putt-putt.


    The closest grocery store, bottle store, butchery (we recommend Corridor Butchery) and pharmacy can be found 10 minutes away at Komatipoort for all your needs.  Nelspruit is also 1 hour away.  There is a convenience store on the property for every-day needs.


    Status of Hippo Hills:
    This is an RCI Gold Crown Awarded House and has 5 en-suite bedrooms serviced daily (Excluding Sundays). There is PVR Satellite and TV available and the office has internet and fax facilities.  The house is graded 4 stars according to the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.


    Birding and Frogs:
    Hippo Hills is situated in an extremely rewarding birding region. Over a ten year period the bird list has grown from 69 – 306 species.
    Hippo Hills is also a superb spot to get into frogging.  The best months are from November to April to spot the estimated 34 species of frogs (of which 16 have been seen and heard).
    Golf Courses: All located between 20-70 minutes from Hippo Hills: 
    Leopard Creek:           The top golf course in South Africa (20 kms).
    Skukuza Course:         Located inside Kruger Park.  (70 kms)
    Nelspruit Course:       One of the most interesting courses in the country (60 kms)
    Kambaku Course:       Very scenic with lots of wildlife (10 kms)

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  • Address: Unnamed Road
    Kruger Park
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    - Private Guest House for groups of up to 10 guests
    - 5 en-suite bedrooms
    - Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer in the house
    - Big Five can be Spotted from your own private room
    - Large Viewing deck overlooking the Kruger Park
    - Under-thatch outdoor dining area overlooking the River
    - Rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans
    - Infinity Swimming pool
    - Fully equipped kitchen with indoor and outdoor cooking facilities
    - Rooms serviced daily (Not Sunday)
    - Self-drives in Kruger Park daily
    - Guided game drives and bush walks can be booked
    - Wellness spa treatments
    - A la Carte Restaurant

  • Child Policy:

    Children welcome

  • Rooms:

    Five en-suite bedrooms
    Upstairs has three large bedrooms; one double and two twin beds. These lead to a large viewing deck and bar area where visitors can enjoy a sunset drink while watching a variety of bird and animal life.

    Downstairs has two more bedrooms; one double and one twin. All the rooms enjoy air conditioning, a ceiling fan and an en-suite bathroom.

  • Terms:

    A 50% deposit secures the reservation.
    The balance is due 60 days ahead of check-in date.
    Confirmation to occupy will be issued on receipt of full payment.
    A 10% discount is available for bookings of 10 days or more

    - Up to 60 days ahead of occupation date - 80% of deposit refunded
    - 30 - 59 days ahead of occupation date - No refund

  • High Season Dates: School holidays and Long weekends
  • High Season Rates:

    R7000 per night for the house

  • Normal Rates:

    R5000 per night for the house