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  • 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.

     

    OVERVIEW OF HIPPO HILLS:

     

    - 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


    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 +- R200 per person per day for International Guests and +- R50 per person per day for RSA residents. (Or R1000pa for an International Wild Card and R 350pa for RSA)
    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 (Ngwenya.co.za)   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.

     

    Shopping:
    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)


    Malaria: 
    Hippo Hills is situated in a low risk malaria area with isolated reports from December to April.   For the remainder of the year, many people rather try to avoid getting bitten (insect repellent / stay indoors / anti-bug candles). Please consult your private doctor

     





     

     





     

     

     



     

     





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