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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.