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Hippo Hills

Found in: Accommodation, Apartments / Villas, Game / Nature Reserves, Guesthouses / B&B, Kruger National Park, Lodges, Lowveld, Mpumalanga, Regions, Safari Lodges, Self Catering

Situated on the scenic banks of the Crocodile River - this luxury, thatch-roof house overlooks the Kruger National Park. Hippo Hills accommodates ten guests in five private 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. Furthermore, an exceptional view of the Crocodile River from each and every bedroom makes for an incredible African memory. 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. 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.


  • 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 KrugerPark
  • 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 KrugerPark daily
  • Guided game drives and bush walks can be booked
  • Wellness spa treatments
  • A la Carte Restaurant

For those guest’s that would like to go into the park:

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 +- R50 per person per day for International Guests and +- R180 per person per day for RSA residents. (Or R800pa for an International Wild Card and R 200pa for RSA) Game (Safari) Drives: If need be you can arrange Kruger Park game drives and guided walks at Approximately R250 per person, per activity. Or you can hire your own vehicle and go on private game drives…remember your camera and binoculars.

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