Hippo Water Front Lodge

Portion 41, Sterkspruit FarmNelspruit1200South Africa
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About Hippo Water Front Lodge

Positioned on the northwestern outskirts, Hippo Water Front Lodge is peacefully set amidst lush, subtropical countryside on the banks of the Crocodile River, which boasts resident hippopotamus and an abundance of indigenous trees and bird species.

The timber log chalets exude an authentic African bush atmosphere. All come with televisions, private bathrooms, and open-plan decks with outdoor kitchen and dining areas. Caravan stands are also available.

Hippo Water Front Lodge boasts conference facilities, an outdoor swimming pool, and nature trails. Guided tours and excursions, as well as safari and fishing activities, can be arranged on site. Parking is free.

The on-site restaurant, which features a deck overlooking the river, serves African-inspired breakfast and dinner. Packed lunches are available upon request. There is also a full bar offering selections of alcholoic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Lowveld National Botanical Garden is within a 15-minute drive of the property. The Riverside Mall, which contains a sizeable casino and entertainment complex, is roughly 14 kilometres away.


Portion 41, Sterkspruit Farm, Nelspruit, 1200, South Africa
Telephone: +27(0)828251105 | Fax: +27(0)865110916 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Washing machine

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Television


  • Accessible parking

Positive Reviews

Unique hippo and wildlife experience

Guests rave about the spectacular wildlife adventure that they experience while staying here. Since the property is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, they get to enjoy seeing wild hippopotamuses roaming around the river from the chalet’s balcony or from the restaurant deck. Aside from the hippos, they also report sightings of rare bird species, monkeys, and other wildlife. Guests claim that watching these splendid creatures is a memorable and surreal experience.

Exquisite setting amidst serene environment

The setting of the property is described as serene, private, peaceful, and beautiful. Visitors adore the lush, rolling lawns and the well-maintained outdoor areas, reporting that they emanante a tranquil atmosphere. They also highlight that this stunning, riverside location amidst verdant forestry is the property’s best asset.

Lovely hospitality

Travellers appreciate the wonderful hospitality and services rendered by the owners and the staff members. Reviewers report that the property personnel are friendly and helpful, while the restaurant and bar staff are cheerful and efficient. Since most of the guests wish to visit the world-famous Kruger National Park, the staff members reportedly provide them with vital information and pointers about the local area.

Negative Reviews

Unpaved roadway

Due to its location off the main highway, guests indicate that the road approaching the property is unpaved and bumpy. Those with smaller vehicles have a difficult time traversing this abrasive, off-road entrance.