At the hippo pool

On our morning game drive, the trucks stopped at a kopje  We walked around the kopje to a hippo pool!  A very nice surprise.

There’s a granite bank that’s too steep for hippos to climb out, so we stood a few feet from the hippo pool.  There wasn’t much water, so hippos were crowded into a small pool.  They occasionally surface to breathe and look around.

Betty by the hippo pool
Betty by the hippo pool
2 hippos
2 hippos

Hippos defecate in the water, so there’s lot of brown grass floating on the water.

hippo looking at us
hippo looking at us

I hiked up the kopje for coffee and cookies. Felix, one of our tour guides, sits on the left with his rifle. The darker area in the background below is the surface of the hippo pool. You can see a bit of green water to the right of Felix’s cap. That’s the edge of the pool.

down by the hippo pool
down by the hippo pool

Suddenly, there were was splashing in the water.

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Our guide told us that two male hippos were fighting.  One hippo came up under  the second hippo, turning him over. In one photo Felix has stood up, and Karen is taking a picture. Later we learned that Felix had killed a hippo while guiding some hunters several years ago. He now guides folks who shoot pictures.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

4 thoughts on “At the hippo pool”

  1. LOVE HIPPOS! They remind me of my guinea pigs but with a much more jelly tot appeal to them.

    Did they tell you the story of why the hippo spreads it’s dung out? It’s one of the fun folklore tales I wanna write up. Think there are a few versions though.


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