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Hippo Pools Resort

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Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
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Overview of Hippo Pools Resort

Hippo Pools Resort

3.5 star property
Family-friendly lodge in Hoedspruit with outdoor pool and restaurant

8,4/10 Very good

25 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
Oxford Farm, R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380

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About this area

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 36 min drive
  • Phalaborwa (PHW-Hendrik Van Eck) - 57 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Hippo Pools Resort

A great choice for a stay in Hoedspruit, Hippo Pools Resort offers an airport shuttle (available on request). You can splash around at the outdoor pool, grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe, or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. A snack bar/deli and a garden are offered, and in-room conveniences include refrigerators and microwaves.



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 7 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle (available on request)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Mini golf
  • Pool table
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Safari nearby
  • Rafting nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room
  • Conference space (1980 square feet)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Wedding services
  • Pool loungers


  • 1 building/tower
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/game room


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Free crib/infant bed
  • Rollaway/extra bed available

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom

Food and drink

  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave

Special features


Onsite venue - This poolside restaurant specializes in African cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Breakage deposit: ZAR 500.00 per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Children under 10 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision


<p>Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. </p><p>This property does not have elevators. </p><p>The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. </p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Hippo Pools Hoedspruit
Hippo Pools Resort
Hippo Pools Resort Hoedspruit
Hippo Pools Resort Lodge
Hippo Pools Resort Hoedspruit
Hippo Pools Resort Lodge Hoedspruit

Frequently asked questions

Is there a pool at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Hippo Pools Resort?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Hippo Pools Resort?
You can check in from 2 PM - 7 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Hippo Pools Resort and nearby?
Have fun with activities like boat tours, hiking, and rafting, and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes spelunking, game drives, and game viewing. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include an arcade and a picnic area. Hippo Pools Resort also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Hippo Pools Resort?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers African cuisine, garden views, and poolside dining.
Does Hippo Pools Resort have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.
What's the area around Hippo Pools Resort like?
Hippo Pools Resort is located by the river. Popular attractions include Kruger National Park, which is 57 minutes away by car.



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Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

Hippos close up !
Hotel has riverside location, set back from road. Mirelle very welcoming and took us on tour of hotel area to show us hippos and took us to room, she also recommended 3 bridges restaurant 5 minutes drive away which was excellent and had lovely gift shop next door with beautiful objects made by locals. ask for accommodation near river , we wished we had as can watch hippos from there to your hearts content ! Crocs also seen. Lots of monkeys in grounds , didn't see elephants but could see where they had been ! Lovely grounds despite obvious lack of rain recently. Really good value with delicious breakfast I would definitely recommend this place if you like to watch hippos !
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10/10 Exceptional

Stayed for a day, wanted to stay longer
Awesome staff, they go out of their way to help you.
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6/10 Good

Upgrade needed
Friendly owner and staff and nice food, but the resort needs some serious attention in terms of upgrading - at the moment it's just plain ugly with unplastered holes in outside walls, a potholed approach road and half finished building work everywhere. It's a shame because there is great potential given the riverside location.
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10/10 Exceptional

Enjoyed our stay, it was comfortable and quiet, meals were fantastic.
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10/10 Exceptional

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8/10 Very good

Nice, clean with nice swimming facilities
Overall no complaints, enjoyed our stay and enjoyed the swim. Nice and clean rooms, thank you.
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4/10 Fair

Bad Service
Very disappointing. Resort did not know we were coming, but payment was done two days before. Restaurant was closed because we were the only people. Room was downgraded and now refund was given (too much of a hassle according to them. No warm water at all in the room. The Television did not work.
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10/10 Exceptional

What a wonderful time we had here, the owner Meryl was just so friendly and helpful, great local knowledge, absolutely perfect, tranquil location, would totally recommend this place! Fabulous!
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10/10 Exceptional

Home away from Home. LOVE IT!
Warm, welcoming resort, a home away from home. The manager is an elderly Multilingual English lady with a heart of Gold,loving and caring for nature. Perfect location for road trips and to use as a base. One can view the hippos at the river, and deers near on the resort. The hippos are indeed her "grandchildren". It also has its own runway for small planes. Security guarded entrance and polite, friendly staff. The hotel is child friendly with a huge pool, table tennis etc God bless the owners and their family for being one with nature and showing us what life should be about. Thank you!
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8/10 Very good

Relaxing place to chill out
went there in Feb so few people around, staff made the place clean while doing the maintenance to improve the hotel, and were very helpful, and the pool was a great place to cool off and have a beer, food in the evening was very good.
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