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