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About Hippo Waterfront Lodge

Hippo Waterfront Lodge offers the most peaceful and quiet setting on the banks of the Crocodile River, only 10 km outside of Nelspruit.

Affordable, clean, comfortable and fully equipped timber log chalets and rooms ensure a real rustic and African bush experience. Each chalet has a magnificent view of the river from its private veranda. Running water, rolling green lawns and lots of indigenous trees bring abundant bird life to this setting, and guests can enjoy visits from the river’s resident hippos.

This is an ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, such as Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, waterfalls, the Sudwala Caves and the Kruger National Park.


  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Timber Cabins Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 6 Each cabin offers an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath. There is a ceiling fan, heater, bedside draws, a storage... see more
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      • Four-sleeper Timber Chalets Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 4 Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Self-catering, Single beds
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          • Three-sleeper Timber Chalets Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 Features:  Double beds, Self-catering, Single beds, Television
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              • Six-sleeper Timber Chalets Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 One unit offers one double bed and four single beds, and the other has six single beds. They both offer fully equipped... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Self-catering, Single beds, Television
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                  Reviews for Hippo Waterfront Lodge

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                  Elize Burger, South Africa
                  22 April 2014

                  Beautiful area. Very disappointed in the maintenance of the chalet. Floors and shower were not clean on arrival. The microwave did not work. The tv was snowing due to the fact that the antenna was covered by tree branches. The kettle is leaking water. The taps in the bathroom were loose, you have to hold it to open it. We have experienced a sewerage smell during the evenings in the chalet, this was due to the pipe not connected correctly. The silicone at the sink is black and can be replaced.

                  Cornelia Muller, South Africa
                  11 September 2012

                  Thanks Johan. We had a very nice relaxing weekend, just what our city folks need and would definitely return again and would recommend the Lodge to all our family and friends.

                  Linda van den Heever, South Africa
                  07 November 2011

                  I can recommend Hippo Waterfront Lodge to anyone who is looking for accommodation in the Nelspruit area. The staff are friendly and helpful, the accommodations are clean, and the surrounding landscape is peaceful. The bird life is amazing. I wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. We will definitely be back.

                  piet vd Westhuizen, South Africa
                  14 September 2011

                  Really beautiful, quiet and peaceful experience! Our stay was unfortunately very short, but we will definitely return. It is also a birding paradise. The accommodation was great and service very friendly. Thank you.

                  Laura Huergo, South Africa
                  21 July 2009

                  Excellent service, the people is very pleasant

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                  Hippo Waterfront Lodge is 12km from the centre of Nelspruit , the nearest airport 26.2km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling