my husband and I now live in New Zealand for the last 5 years and we went back to SA for a holiday to visit family and we just had to fit in a few days at Oliver's Lodge it is the most beautiful place we have ever stayed and we have stayed and travelled to the UK, America, China, Australia on our next trip back to SA in 2015 we will certainly come back to Olivers - Tanya the owner is a fantastic host well done
Irene & Mervyn
The Lodge is just ok, nothing to write home about. The breakfast is acceptable, with a bit of variety. On our first morning there, we were told breakfast will be served at 06:30, but by 07:00, they were still mopping the floor. Now having to drive all the way early morning to Kruger National Park, with roadworks all the way, that was not how things should be done. The room we were given, had a old everything, beds, sink, bath, but for the price you pay, I guess it's worth it.
Hotel is situated about 2 km off the main road on a mountainside. Beautiful gardens, lovely big rooms, not luxurious but very comfortable. Owners interact with guests and give helpful advice. Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Food excellent. Would certainly recommned.
Heidi from London
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"Bongani Mountan Lodge was an awesome experience!!!"
Overall I highly recomend this hotel/lodge. It's located in the Bongani region, it actually sits on a mountain and it's a lodge so the name says it all. Directions were straight forward and easy. The drive was bumpy but hey, it's Africa. The staff was super helpful and friendly, the driver met us at the Welcome Center (on time). We saw animals on the way to the lodge which was cool. Once at the lodge the host took us on a tour and gave us drinks to cool down. The cottage was self-standing and away from other rooms (all were like this) and overlooking the valley. We could see animals roaming from our front porch. The food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was very good and well cooked. I like the fact that there was no IT in the room, no TV, no Radio, No Internet, just a big 'ole tub and nature looking back at us. The indoor/outdoor shower was very cool.
I am going back and would encourage you to go as well, you won't regret it!
"Extremely Pleased & Satisfied. What an Experience!"
When you go to see nature, you do not need the same hotel you stay in when you go for a luxury visit to New York City or Paris. You need clean, pleasant and friendly staff; you need comfort, and people saying “Madam, is there anything else I can do to make your trip better?” We knew about Hippo Pools Resort from the internet and our colleagues. We wanted a two night stay that will not cost us an arm and a leg but still be safe, clean, and with GOOD food. All of these were there and much more. The manager at the time, who is also the owner, is very pleasant and accommodating; he ensured that we were satisfied with the rooms. When WE, in the last minute and against all wisdom, asked for a ride on the quads, there were no guides because we did not make a reservation, Ryan was willing to guide us himself and was patient with me who had her first ride at that time. If you are a practical tourist looking for a great value, make this your choice. A snobbish tourist might want to go elsewhere, rather than the natural reserves in and around Kruger Park. And by the way, they provide transport service to go to the near-by gates at 4 a.m. for the morning drive. And, forgot to say, very quiet and the view of the stars in the sky was breathtaking.
The children enjoyed a swim in the very clean swimming pool.
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