Hippo Pools Resort

Hippo Pools Resort is situated along the banks of the mighty Olifants River only 22km north of Hoedspruit on the R40 before the Olifants River Bridge and offers a wide variety of accommodation and function facilities. From budget backpacker units to luxury riverside houses, one can book Self-Catering, B+B or DBB. Meals such as ‘potjies’ (South African prepared stew on an open fire) at the pool, or big breakfasts can all be arranged. Cold drinks, wood, ice creams and other basic supplies are available at reception.

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Fly-ins
  • Weddings & Functions

As the name would imply, hippos are regular guests in front of the resort’s riverside houses where they come to enjoy the natural pools of the Olifants River. Conveniently located near the Panorama Route and in between Kruger National Parks’ Orpen and Phalaborwa Gates, Hippo Pools Resort is surrounded by activities for the whole family!

Facilities include :

  • Restaurant & Tea Garden
  • Fully licenced bar
  • Tarred airstrip for fly-in meals or stay-overs - microlight trips can be arranged
  • Intimate riverside chapel for small or large weddings
  • Large dining hall for year-end functions, parties and more …
  • Large swimming pool
  • Quad bikes
  • Games room
  • Spit braai lapa

Hippo Pools Resort was one of Hoedspruit's first accommodation establishments and it continues to offer affordable accommodation for visitors not only from around South Africa but from all over the world.

Find Us

From Johannesburg

  • Take the N12 from Johannesburg; continue past the Middleburg Toll gate
  • Take the Belfast off ramp and continue driving toward Dullstroom and Lydenburg
  • From Lydenburg drive through to Ohrigstad, please do drive carefully as there are often cattle on the road and potholes.
  • Drive through the Abel Erasmus pass and through the Strydom tunnel
  • Continue on toward Hoedspruit.
  • Go through the town and at the 2nd four way stop turn left onto the R40 driving toward Phalaborwa
  • Continue for just over 20kms, Hippo Pools Resort is on the left hand side – tar road access down to the resort.
  • If you go over the Olifants River you have gone just too far!

From Polokwane

  • Drive to Tzaneen and from Tzaneen take the R71 toward Gravelotte
  • From Gravelotte drive toward Mica and at the T junction turn right toward Mica
  • Drive past Mica and over the Olifants River
  • 1km from the river is a turnoff on the right hand side for Hippo Pools Resort

Nearest Airports

  • Hoedspruit (Eastgate airport) daily flights with SA Express airways,
  • Phalaborwa daily flights with SA Airlink

Pick ups can be arranged from local airports at an additional charge.

Features Show all


  •  Braille or raised signage
  •  Disabled parking
  •  Wheelchair accessible

Business Facilities

  •  Capacity (10-20 people)
  •  Capacity (20-50 people)
  •  Capacity (50-100 people)
  •  Capacity (over 100 people)
  •  Conference room(s)
  •  Internet access
  •  Meeting room(s)
  •  Projector
  •  Refreshments (unlimited tea, coffee, water)
  •  Stationary / Flip charts


  •  Children's playground/entertainment area
  •  Games room
  •  Live entertainment
  •  Organised activities
  •  Organised activities (children)

Food & Drink

  •  Bar
  •  Restaurant
  •  Restaurant (fully licenced)
  •  Room service (24-hours)
  •  Room service (business hours)
  •  Serves breakfast
  •  Serves lunch
  •  Serves supper

In Rooms

  •  Air conditioning
  •  Coffee/tea maker
  •  Complimentary toiletries
  •  Connecting/adjoining rooms
  •  Hair dryer
  •  Iron/ironing board
  •  Kitchenette
  •  Minibar
  •  Phone
  •  Safe
  •  Smoking rooms
  •  TV (local channels)
  •  TV (premium channels)
  •  Wake up calls


  •  Internet station (charged for)
  •  Internet station (complimentary)
  •  LAN in rooms (charged for)
  •  LAN in rooms (complimentary)
  •  Wi-Fi in public areas (charged for)
  •  Wi-Fi in public areas (complimentary)
  •  Wi-Fi in rooms (charged for)
  •  Wi-Fi in rooms (complimentary)

Languages Spoken

  •  Afrikaans
  •  English

On Site

  •  ATM/cash machine
  •  Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  •  Laundry facilities
  •  Lounge/TV Lounge
  •  Security
  •  Security (24-hours)
  •  Shop/Kiosk
  •  Swimming pool (heated)
  •  Swimming pool (unheated)


  •  Children (0-1 years / infants)
  •  Children (1-3 years / toddlers)
  •  Children (3-5 years / preschoolers)
  •  Children (5-9 years / school-aged)
  •  Pets (large - prior permission)
  •  Pets (small - prior permission)


  •  Childcare/Babysitting (in-room)
  •  Childcare/Babysitting (supervised activities)
  •  Concierge services
  •  Currency exchange
  •  Dry cleaning/laundry service
  •  International power adaptors
  •  Luggage storage
  •  Medical support / On-call
  •  Reception (24-hours)
  •  Reception (business hours)
  •  Safe-deposit boxes
  •  Tours/ticket assistance

Transport & Parking

  •  Car hire
  •  Parking (off street)
  •  Parking (on-site)
  •  Transfers (airport shuttle service)
  •  Transfers (airport transfers)
  •  Transfers (other transfers)
  •  Valet parking

Wedding Facilities

  •  Catering/restauration
  •  Chapel (on-site)
  •  Reception area (exterior/garden)
  •  Reception area (interior)
  •  Sound system

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