Located adjacent to the Mangrove forests of the St Lucia Estuary, Hippo Lodge offers self-catering accommodation.

Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette, air-conditioning and select satellite TV channels. All units have a private bathroom with a shower.

Hippo Lodge features a garden and barbecue facilities.

The property can assist with booking hippo and crocodile boat tours. King Shaka International Airport is 131.7 miles away whilst Hluhluwe Game Reserve can be reached within a 40 minute drive.

This is our guests' favourite part of St Lucia, according to independent reviews.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

Hippo Lodge Apartments has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 9 Apr 2019.

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Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in St Lucia, this property has an excellent location score of 9.3

Free private parking available on-site

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Max adults: 4. Max children: 3
Two-Bedroom Family Apartment
  • Bedroom 1: 2 single beds
  • Bedroom 2: 1 large double bed
  • Living room: 1 sofa bed
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Triple Room
  • 1 single bed and
  • 1 extra-large double bed
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  • 3 single beds
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Double or Twin Room with Balcony
  • 1 extra-large double bed
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About Hippo Lodge Apartments

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  • Id would like to know how much is your boat cruise per peron

    Good morning they are R260 per person


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    Answered on 20 October 2020
  • Is there a shuttle available to get to the closest beach nearby? What are the other transportation options?

    Yes there is a St.Lucia private uber services, on availability


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    Answered on 21 October 2019
  • is hippo lodge self catered?

    Good morning yes we are.


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    Answered on 25 September 2020
  • Do you offer breakfast

    We do have a on-site restaurant.


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    Answered on 2 August 2021
  • Hi, we are 8 adults and 2 kids ages 3 and 9 will it be teo family lodge

    hi yes we can accommodate your family in different units


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    Answered on 7 May 2021
  • With regards to the boat cruise, I would like to know if there be transportation from the hotel taking us to and fro since it is offsite or will we have to use our own form of transport?

    Unfortunately not regards carmen


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    Answered on 22 October 2020
  • Do you have wifi in your premis

    Yes we have at selected areas


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    Answered on 3 October 2020
  • I see there are no family rooms available. Is it possible to book a double room and have an extra bed added?

    Good morning yes that could be possible, and then we will charge an additional fee.


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    Answered on 25 September 2020
  • As we booked for self catering you will supply us with ports?

    Yes the units comes with selected pots


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    Answered on 3 October 2020
  • Do u HV another way of paying o reserving the space coz I dnt HV a credit card

    You can do a direct EFT with us within 24hours off booking, so you would need to notify us.


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    Answered on 3 October 2020
  • I love your Famly apartment but I hv 3Children and 4 adult . I just want to check if possible to add bed two single bed for children

    We can add one extra matrass at an additional cost, so you would need to take another unit Regards Carmen


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    Asked about: Two-Bedroom Family Apartment • Answered on 25 March 2021
  • Are you wheelchair friendl

    Not yet


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    Answered on 21 October 2019
  • Which game reserve do you prefer cheapest one please and safety

    We have two near us , Isimangaliso ( have 4 out off the big 5 ) and then also Hluhluwe Game reserve ( 5 out off the big 5 )


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    Answered on 3 October 2020
Hippo Lodge - St Lucia Estuary

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Company review score: 8.8 Based on 312 reviews from 1 property

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Company information

Located in central St Lucia , adjacent to the Mangrove forests of the St Lucia Estuary, the upmarket, modern Hippo Lodge provides superior self-catering accommodation. St Lucia, worldwide wide known as the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first declared World Heritage Site is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa. With its excellent all year warm climate and classed as a malaria free area, St Lucia is a must on the bucket list of any traveler, whether local or international. With its perfect location, tucked in between the main street of St Lucia and the St Lucia Estuary, the lodge is ideally located within short walking distances of all the St Lucia Village has to offer. The on-site Hippo Café is a great option for an early breakfast, lunch or refreshing drink as well as our on-site Safari & Hippo and croc tours offices, ! The daily serviced, 26 units are all fresh and spaced out along the property, each providing comfortable, quality accommodation with a built in kitchenette. All units are standard with selected channel DSTV, air-conditioning and private en-suite facilities. Braai facilities are available to resident guests.

Property information

The Hippo Lodge was built in 2019 and is the ideal accommodation facility for the individual traveller, families or groups. The Lodge presents self catering and semi self catering apartments. With the focus on comfort the modern design, layout and facilities have been tastefully combined to provide guests a comfortable stay. Braai facilities is available on site and with the shops a mere 2 minutes walk away, fresh supplies are always available. Complimenting the lodge is the Hippo Cafe, a modern style coffee shop that does not only serve the best breakfast, ice cream and pizzas in town but also delightful breakfasts and meals all day long. Guests may also take advantage of the locally based Go Safaris that provide a wide range of activities and excursions on offer that include Hippo and Crocodile tours on St Lucia Estuary, BIG 5 Safaris in the Hluhluwe / iMfolozi Game Reserve, day and night safaris into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and much more. The Hippo Lodge is the ideal accommodation establishment to stay with in St Lucia.

Neighbourhood information

Recognition of the area’s unique bio-diversity and scenic natural beauty resulted in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park becoming South Africa’s first natural World Heritage Site. Its extent is second only to the Kruger National Park and it has the advantage of being situated on the sub-tropical East African coastline and the warm Indian Ocean. Its five main eco systems are intertwined and house more plant and animal species than the Okavango delta St Lucia has more crocodile and hippo permanent inhabitants than humans. Its home to less than a thousand residents, only ten kilometres in circumference Zulu word “iSimangaliso” means “place of wonder”. St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has been proclaimed one of the top three eco- destinations in the world 1) “Big Five” experience, whales, turtles and pristine beaches 2) Malaria-free 3) Five eco-systems 4) Highest vegetated sand dune in the world 5) South Africa’s first natural World Heritage Site 6) More than 300 sunshine days in a year 7) Greenery all year 8) Warm ocean and uninhabited beaches 9) Tourist friendly village 10) Hippos frequently roam around the village 11) St Lucia Estuary 12) Zulu Culture

Languages spoken

Afrikaans, English, Zulu

Property surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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What's nearby
  • Saint Lucia Estuary
    0.8 miles
  • St Lucia Crocodile Centre
    1.4 miles
  • Maphelane Nature Reserve
    3.4 miles
  • Mapelane Nature Reserve
    10.3 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Cafe/bar Hippo Cafe
    0 miles
  • Restaurant Hippo Steakhouse
    0.2 miles
Natural beauty
  • Lake ST Lucia Estuary
    0.1 miles
  • Mountain iSimangaliso Wetland Park
    0.1 miles
  • River Umfolozi River
    0.3 miles
  • Sea/ocean Indian Ocean
    1.9 miles
Beaches in the neighbourhood
  • Estuary Beach
    1,700 yards
  • Ingwe Beach
    1,700 yards
  • Ndlovu Beach
    1.1 miles
  • Jabula Beach
    1.3 miles
  • St Lucia Main Beach
    1.5 miles
How to get to Hippo Lodge Apartments from King Shaka International Airport
    Car
    Free parking is available.
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1 restaurant on site

    Hippo Cafe

    Cuisine: Pizza, Local, South African

Facilities of Hippo Lodge Apartments
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
Outdoors
Sit back and relax
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
Freedom to eat when you want
  • Dining table
  • Toaster
  • Stovetop
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
Extra comfort
  • Socket near the bed
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Private entrance
Activities
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Game drives Additional charge
  • Beach
  • Snorkelling Off-site Additional charge
  • Horse riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Living Area
Space for everyone to be together
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
Fun for everyone under one roof
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Kid meals Additional charge
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Secured parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/check-out
Entertainment and family services
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Children's playground
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
Building characteristics
  • Private apartment in building
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Fence around pool
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Shallow end
Wellness
  • Pool/beach towels
Miscellaneous
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Zulu
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Sustainable initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel

House rules
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Check-in

14:00 - 20:00

You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.

Check-out

07:00 - 10:00

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to apartment type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Refundable damage deposit

A damage deposit of ZAR 500 is required on arrival. That's about 24.27GBP. This will be collected as a cash payment. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full in cash, subject to an inspection of the property.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 3 years and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Cot upon request
Free
3 - 9 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 250 per child, per night

Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The maximum number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the room you choose. Please check your selected room for the maximum capacity.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa Hippo Lodge Apartments accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking

Smoking is not allowed.

Parties

Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 20:00.

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Please inform Hippo Lodge Apartments in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival via bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

A damage deposit of ZAR 500 is required on arrival. That's about 24.27GBP. This will be collected as a cash payment. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full in cash, subject to an inspection of the property.

FAQs about Hippo Lodge Apartments

  • The prices at Hippo Lodge Apartments may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Hippo Lodge Apartments by:

    • Car 3h

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Hippo Lodge Apartments can accommodate the following group size:

    • 4 guests

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • Hippo Lodge Apartments has 1 restaurant:

    • Hippo Cafe

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Hippo Lodge Apartments (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private parking
    • Parking
    • Secured parking
    • Street parking
    • Free parking

  • Hippo Lodge Apartments has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 2 bedrooms

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • Yes, Hippo Lodge Apartments is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Check-in at Hippo Lodge Apartments is from 14:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Hippo Lodge Apartments offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Children's playground
    • Snorkelling
    • Fishing
    • Beach
    • Walking tours
    • Game drives
    • Horse riding

  • Hippo Lodge Apartments is 250 yards from the centre of St Lucia.

  • Yes, there are options at this property that have a terrace. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Hippo Lodge Apartments on this page.