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This was fabulous - great location, great house with lots of space and astonishing balcony and terrace over the river, the food was fantastic, and we really enjoyed the very knowledgable guiding on the river cruise (highly recommended particularly for people who like to watch birds, but we also saw buffalo, giraffes, crocodiles, and lions...) as well as the game drive - you get quite close to elephants and can watch them tear out trees, and we watched some jackal pups directly next to the car. Super
The location is absolutely great. The view on the river is amazing. Staff was really kind with us. We were only 3 so the house was really big for us. My daughter enjoyed the food prepared for the dinner. It’s a pleasure to see the wildlife directly from the house.
Our bed was not so comfortable.
Lovely spacious (Hippo) cottage, very well equipped, comfortably furnished, immaculate housekeeeping, superb outdoor areas both for relaxation (sunbeds, pool, deck chairs, table, shade), dining and braaing (boma). gorgeous views over the river. excellent meals (do NOT hesitate to book catered option), very tasty with excellent presentation. great privacy. peace. TOP birdwatching. TOP guides for game drives and bush walks on site. wonderful hosts/staff. friendly and 100% helpful at all times while respecting wish for total privacy. this is a truly wonderful place. we were here for a short rest (and clean up!) between longer stays in KNP and we would recommend anyone to combine a few days in the park with a stay in this lovely nature reserve. really worth staying for several days. many thanks to all at ximongwe....we´ll be back (IF you´ll have us?)
bed a little soft for my taste (am a large, "traditionally" built lady and sleep on a rock hard bed at home) but thankfully tastes differ and it may well be just perfect for you!
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 for a six night stay in January 2018. The location is superb for any activities that interest you whether it is sitting on a deck with the river flowing by in front of you with Hippo getting quite vocal 50m away, in full sight of the antics of the monkey population entertaining one mere meters away. Antelope come to the water to drink at various times during the day and while a huge crocodile eyes them from the river they still manage to keep a safe distance. Bird life is in abundance. At night the whoop whoop of a hyena can be heard as well as the early morning barking of a troop of baboons close by. Some of them being more curious than the others can lead to closer encounters which are not ideal, yet very exciting. There is about an hours drive to the gate from Hippo Cottage to leave the reserve and you will experience sightings giraffe, waterbuck, impala, zebra, bushbuck to name but a few. We were fortunate enough to see a leopard and on two occasions elephants. Private game drives on the reserve are not permitted which we didn't know beforehand and were disappointed to find out. The cottage is very well equipped and everything is in working order. It is serviced daily. There are two full bathrooms which is ample for a bigger crowd. One has the choice of dining on the deck or indoors and the boma outside is equipped with everything needed for a braai. The kitchen is huge and whipping up a meal with two thermofan ovens and a gas/electric hob combination is a pleasure. Extra dishtowels in the kitchen are needed to wipe up those unexpected spills, so bring your own. Bedding is crisp and clean and the towels provided for bathing and swimming are good quality and soft and fluffy.
The location in the bush with elephants, various species of buck, warthog and other wildlife almost constantly in sight on the river bank . The accommodations are excellent and very suitable for large families, and both management and staff are extremely attentive. Meals are a slendid affair.
Our experience could not have been improved upon
When you stay at Ximongwe River Camp in Hoedspruit, you'll be on a river and 32.1 mi (51.7 km) from Kruger National Park Phalaborwa Gate. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
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- Great view
- Friendly service
- Spacious rooms
- Good management
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Where is Ximongwe River Camp located?
Ximongwe River Camp is located at Parsons Nature Reserve 26, 23.7 km from the centre of Hoedspruit. Khamai Reptile Centre is the closest landmark to Ximongwe River Camp.
When is check-in time and check-out time at Ximongwe River Camp?
Check-in time is 14:00 and check-out time is 10:00 at Ximongwe River Camp.
Does Ximongwe River Camp offer free Wi-Fi?
No, Ximongwe River Camp does not offer free Wi-Fi.
Does Ximongwe River Camp offer free parking?
Yes, Ximongwe River Camp offers free parking.
Does Ximongwe River Camp offer free airport shuttle service?
No, Ximongwe River Camp does not offer free airport shuttle service.
How far is Ximongwe River Camp from the airport?
Ximongwe River Camp is 28.7 km from Hoedspruit. Ximongwe River Camp is 33 km from Phalaborwa.
Can you bring pets to Ximongwe River Camp?
No, pets are not allowed at Ximongwe River Camp.
Does Ximongwe River Camp have a pool?
Yes, Ximongwe River Camp has a pool on-site.
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