About Hippo Hills

Hippo Hills is just a 4 hour drive from O.R. Tambo Airport (Johannesburg, South Africa) and close to both Swaziland and Mozambique borders.

The distance between Hippo Hills and Crocodile Bridge Gate is 9km and Hippo Hills and Malelane Gate is 30km. Entry into Kruger National Park must be paid for at the Gate – this is a separate fee.


Once booked with us, guests may arrange Kruger Park game drives and/or guided walks at the Gate. These come highly recommended.

Alternatively, our fly-in guests can hire a vehicle at the airport and go on private, self-drive game drives. Remember your camera and binoculars!

The house is part of a large resort called Ngwenya Lodge and many daily activities can be arranged such as;

  • Wildlife safari encounters
  • Micro-lighting
  • Game Drives
  • Quad Biking
  • Tiger Fishing

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.

The lodge offers guests a superior bush holiday environment enhanced by an impressive Big 5 safari experience.

Our guests have full access to:

  1. Children’s game center
  2. A convenience store
  3. Putt-putt course and other family-friendly activities
  4. Tennis courts
  5. Swimming pools
  6. A restaurant and pub
  7. Beauty salon
  8. Entertainment area
  9. Bat houses
  10. Bird hides

Our visitors are also welcome to go across the Crocodile Bridge Gate, Kruger Park (10 minutes away) on a self-drive or an open-vehicle game drive organised directly with Crocodile Bridge.

Very often guests opt not to go for a drive as most of the game can be seen from your private patio throughout the day.

Accommodation Info

Hippo Hills accommodates 10 guests in 5 private en-suite bedrooms. The house has a fully equipped, open-plan kitchen with stove, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The spacious dining area and lounge have a Satellite TV with DStv PVR so you never have to miss the game. All this opens up to a beautiful veranda with patio table and braai/barbeque area and an inviting infinity pool.

All you need do is relax in front of the pool’s crystal clear water, or put your feet up with a good book on the special viewing deck. You’re spoiled by the swaying riverine vegetation in front of the house – a natural habitat for elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and an abundance of buck.

The top floor has three large bedrooms; one with king bed and two with 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.

The ground floor has two more bedrooms; one double and one twin bedroom. Both have their own bathrooms (one includes a washing machine and tumble dryer so bring along your detergent if you plan on doing laundry).

All the rooms enjoy air conditioning, a ceiling fan and an en-suite bathroom. An exceptional view of the Crocodile River from each and every bedroom makes for incredible African memories.

Housekeeping is available to service the house throughout your stay, barring Sundays and public holidays.

Things To Remember

Pool, Spa, Adventure, Relaxation
Whether you’re coming for relaxation, family-friendly or extreme adventure, or to appreciate the wildlife of the African bush, we’ve got it all.
Luxurious Nature-Inspired Comfort
A fully-equipped self-catering house awaits you, all you need do is bring along your own consumables, treats, serviettes, condiments, cooking oil and spices.
Great Restaurant & Pub
When you just don’t feel like cooking, pop into the local restaurant and pub on site for good food and chilled drinks. Swap bush stories with other guests and enjoy the views.
Malaria Safety
We are considered a malaria area and necessary malaria precautions must be taken by guests prior to arrival. While on-site, use regular mosquito repellents.