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About Hippo Hideaway

Situated on the banks of the St Lucia Estuary, near the Greater iSimagaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, this idyllic luxury lodge is your gateway to the unspoiled beaches of the Elephant Coast. Hippo Hideaway is an ethnic retreat which offers accommodation on a self-catering.The lodge comprises 21 luxurious air-conditioned units, each with its own fully self-contained kitchen. Flat-screen TVs in all rooms give access to DStv for those rare days of rain in the area. There are seven two-sleeper units, 12 four-sleeper units, two three-sleeper units and one luxury Honeymoon Suite. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer luxurious fittings. The rooms are provided with DStv, complimentary tea and coffee, toiletries, bed linen, towels, microwave ovens and fridge-freezers. The central thatched boma faces out over the swimming pool and is the ideal place to either relax in the hammocks or sit in the shade to adjust to the relaxing pace of Zululand. Life does not get much better than gazing out over the bank of the estuary in the evening, whilst the braai crackles in the background. Join us for sundowners under our thatched boma and you will see why we say that the best sunsets always come from Africa.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
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Important Information

We require 50% deposit to confirm all bookings with the balance to be paid on arrival.

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Reviews for Hippo Hideaway

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liu qian, South Africa
04 January 2017

I booked 1room for 3nights in tripadviser. I drived 900km from east london and reached st lucia at 6:50PM,the hippo hotel safeguard guy acted as reception. when checked in I told the guy I need one more room or add 1 more bed in my room as this hotel only have 1 room available when I booking. The guy said he must talk with his boss. After a while he told me I must leave the hotel and his boss said will pay back me. I am angry but agreed this suggestion. I drived out and checked in another hotel in st lucia. When I was back and asked the guy to pay back me. He only give me R200 that is the key...
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wendy stubbs, South Africa
22 July 2015

The staff were amazing 5 Star. Was very disappointed in the accommodation, being a 4 star accredited. Being school holidays it was pretty noisy. More of a family self catering place than for a couple.The manageress, was exceptional with the handling of the water restrictions. Recommended restuarants and tourist activities. 

Renee Petzer, Nigeria
13 July 2015

this is not the "luxury" experienced promised - it is not even value for money. Our rooms were dirty (we found old dirty, dusty underwear in the cupboard). The decor is tired and rather stuck in the 70's. For self catering, for what you get, it is expensive. the online pictures don't represent reality.On the upside the manager on duty tried her best .

Gourav Gupta, South Africa
17 June 2015

Hippo hideaway is good location for stay in St. Lucia.We enjoyed in St. Lucia but the main issue is water problem. There is no water. Even we couldn't take shower.Its not the problem only in Hippo hideaway (there is water shortage in town) but management should understand this problem for tourist.
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Hema Harilal, South Africa
07 April 2015

Great:The staff were very friendly and the location on the main St lucia road is very convenient.Not-so-Great:We were quite disappointed that the 'estuary facing' rooms basically only open out onto a grass patch so not really a view that we were led to expect by the name. The pool is very small, and the bathroom is really tiny and in need of an upgrade! Also- we had no water once or twice for some reason. The rooms are all very close together and so our very, very noisy neighbors made for a bad combination.All in all, it was a comfortable stay, but I think for the price we paid, there were...
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Hippo Hideaway Map

Hippo Hideaway is 0.7km from the centre of St Lucia , the nearest airport 109.4km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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