£132 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Ximongwe River Camp - HIPPO Cottage – Home 10486858 House

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


HIPPO Cottage offers affordable self-catered or fully-catered accommodation on the banks of the Olifants River. Being part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Parsons Nature Reserve boasts on hosting the Big 5. Beautiful indigenous trees and flowing lawns that lead down to the river. A few ideally placed benches provide the perfect spot for a sundowner and some excellent bird watching. A tranquil setting with a peaceful ambiance that can only be experienced in the bushveld. Hippos, crocodiles, elephant and buffalos are regular visitors here, and occasionally lions have ventured through the camp. Kudu’s, bush buck and warthogs graze regularly in the camp and the vervet monkeys are often seen playing in the trees on the river bank. Game drives and bush walks are offered daily accompanied by our qualified guide.


  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
    Bedroom 5: Double Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms


  • Mountain Views
  • Waterfront
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through HouseTrip using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Ronell S.
Calendar updated:
06 Dec 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


Map and how to get there


Guest reviews

38 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 27 Sep 2019

Super accueil. Cottage au bord de l'Olifant River. Emplacement idéal. Phacochères, Kudus, singes, girafes... à deux pas du cottage. Logement particulièrement éq… More

“Beautiful peaceful private holiday house”

Reviewed 25 May 2019

I was lucky to find Ximongwe when looking for self catering near the Kruger park for our holiday back home to South Africa. WOW!! Ximongwe certainly didn’t disappoint. It was beyond our expectat… More

“Unvergesslicher Aufenthalt in der Wildnis”

Reviewed 12 May 2019

Wir waren zu 7. im Hippo Cottage und verbrachten dort 2 Nächte. Einen besseren Start in das Safari-Erlebnis Südafrikas kann es nicht geben. Nette Gastgeber, tolles Essen und ein einmaliges… More

Owner's reply: Dear Guest, thank you very much for your review, we appreciate the kind words and hope to see you back at Ximongwe River Camp soon. Kind Regards Team Ximongwe

“You´ll never want to leave!”

Reviewed 8 May 2019

Lovely spacious (Hippo) cottage, very well equipped, comfortably furnished, immaculate housekeeping, superb outdoor areas both for relaxation (loungers, splashpool, deck chairs, table, shade), dining … More

“Fabuleux !!!”

Reviewed 2 Mar 2019

Un lodge exceptionnel dans un cadre extraordinaire : au bord d'une rivière où viennent tous les soirs et matins s'abreuver sous nos yeux ébahis ce que la faune regorge d… More

“10/10 Bush Break”

Reviewed 7 Jan 2019

Ximongwe Safari's - Hippo Cottage A beautiful 5 bedroom home on the banks of the Oliphants River located on the Balule Reserve with Hoedspruit being the nearest town is where we found ourselves f… More

“Fantastic place by the river, great hosts and meals”

Reviewed 5 Jan 2019

We saw game the minute we entered the park, and once we arrived at the river camp an elephant was having lunch right outside our window. Later a couple of warthogs stopped by, and the baboons were all… More


Reviewed 5 Dec 2018

Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Aufenthalt.Die Lodge ist wunderschön, ein Hauch von Luxus inmitten der Wildnis. Man kann zu jeder Tageszeit Tiere beobachten. Das Hippo Cottage ist riesig und perfekt… More

“Sweet dream in the middle of a big5 Area”

Reviewed 19 Sep 2018

We had a wonderful experience at Ximongwe lodge, really comfortable and beautiful house, stunning location just by the Olifant river. The hosts Ronel and Johan are really great host and made our stays… More

“Fun place to start your safari tours”

Reviewed 13 Sep 2018

Great spot, difficult to get there, but once there lovely by the river with the wildlife just walking through. The game drives, we did morning and evenin, were interesting with lots of info about all … More

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