Hippo Water Front Lodge, Nelspruit – 082 825 1105

NELSPRUIT / Mbombela

Sterkspruit 41, Mbombela, 1200

082 825-1105

About Us

Hippo Water Front Lodge is situated only 10 km from the booming town of Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, close to one of the most prestigious game reserves in Africa – the Kruger National Park. Clean and comfortable log cabins with river views await visitors.

The sub-tropical climate gives the Lodge a delightful setting in a lush countryside with rolling lawns, filled with trees, birds, flowers, fruits and nuts. There are many places of historical interest and natural beauty nearby, like Gods Window, Blyde Rivier Canyon, Sabie, Potholes, Sudwala caves, Pilgrims Rest, Botanical Gardens etc. which offer delightful day drives.

Frequent visit’s by the river ‘s resident hippos creates a lot of excitement every now and again. This, and our superb hospitality makes Hippo Water Front a South African destination not to be missed.

Chalets  & Caravan Facilities

Our afordable, clean, comfortable and fully equipped en-suite timber log chalets and rooms ensures a real rustic and African bush experience. Each chalet has a magnificent view of the river from its private verandah.

Running water, rolling green lawns and lots of indigenous trees offers abundant bird life to this setting as well as visits by the rivers resident hippos.

Offering views of the garden and the river, the timber log chalets at Hippo Water Front Lodge provide a rustic style outdoor atmosphere. Each chalet has a open plan deck with kitchen and dining area. Barbecue facilities are available.

The lodge has an outdoor pool, a bar and a restaurant overlooking the river.

Rhino Chalets (Sleeps 4)

Our Rhino Chalets sleep four with two bedrooms. Some chalets have a main bedroom with a double bed and the second room has two single beds. Other chalets have two single beds in each …

Elephant 2 (Sleeps 6)

Our Elephant Chalets sleep six. Elephant 2 has two bedrooms. Both bedrooms have a double bed two single beds, perfect for a larger family. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom…

Lion Caravan Stands

We have six caravan stands, each with their own ablution facilities. Each stand has electricity points. There is access to the river for fresh water fishing and hippo viewing. Our restaurant …

Elephant 1 (Sleeps 6)

Our Elephant Chalets sleep six. Elephant 1 has two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a double bed and the second room has four single beds, perfect for a larger family. Attached…

Leopard Chalets (Sleeps 3)

These timber chalets are built on stilts each have a double and single bed in each chalet with outdoor covered kitchen on the deck, ensuite bathroom. Braai facilities are also available…

Conferencing & Restaurant

Conferencing Facilities
We have conferencing facilities for up to 180 people. The area is air-conditioned and catering can be arranged. A full bar is available…

Facilities & Activities:

Conferencing Facilities

We have conferencing facilities for up to 180 people. A White board, projector DVD & Television are available. The area is air-conditioned and catering can be arranged.

Restaurant & Bar

Breakfast & Dinner is served on our deck over looking the Crocodile River on request. A full bar is available. The conference area can seat 180 people, and the bar / restaurant area can seat 50 people.


Fishing on the banks of the Crocodile River will hopefully net you some baber, eel, carp or yellow finch.

Nature Trails & Walks

Take a stroll through along the banks of the Crocodile river for superb birdwatching, and some hippos lounging in the river.

Guided Tours

On request we offer guided tours to the local attractions within the area. Such as Gods Window, Blyde Rivier Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Sudwala caves, Botanical Gardens etc…

Children Under 12

Airport Shuttle Service

Self-Braai / Barbecue

Laundry Service

Bar on the Premises



Swimming Pool




Pets by Arrangement

What Our Guests Are Saying


We camped here for one night on our way to the Kruger. Arrived after 20:00 with no problems and received a warm welcome – the owner informed us of a hippo grazing on the river banks on our arrival. Wonderful seeing a hippo so clearly and the trees are beautiful! Clean private ablution and apart from the slightly challenging road leading here, it was an overall wonderful experience! Will definitely like to come again an hopefully enjoy the beautiful, clean swimming pool which we didn’t have time for this time.

Aletia Van Niekerk


This is a wonderful place to visit when you travel through the Lowveld. It has such beautiful natural surroundings and the log cabins give it that true bushveld atmosphere. Great place to spend time relaxing in nature. Just be aware that the hippos are real!

Andries Stander


We would come back without thinking twice! Service has been absolutely welcoming and super friendly. The unit is clean, modern and feels like home. Beautiful here!

Natasha Schroeder


As a well travelled person I’m recommending this establishment for anyone who wants to stay over or spend a few more days. The kitchen staff can cook up a storm and the hospitality is great. Accommodation is clean and well serviced. The pricing is really fair for the environment that it offers. A well deserved 5

Henry Grobler