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Top five places to spot hippos in Africa

13 March 2017
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Did you know that according to National Geographic, hippopotamuses spend up to 16 hours a day in water to keep their bodies cool under the hot African sun?

If you’d like to see these amazing animals for yourself, here are the top five places to spot hippos in Africa.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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The Serengeti National Park is great place to spot hippos. There are numerous waterholes where hundreds of hippos wallow.

The best place to view leopards in the Serengeti National Park is at the Retina Hippo Pool situated in Central Serengeti, where the Seronera and Orangi rivers meet.

The Retina Hippo pool is one of the few places that allows travellers to leave their vehicle and view the hippos on foot.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to many rivers and dams where hippos bathe and wallow. Some of the major rivers include the Crocodile River, the Olifants River, the Luvuvhu River, the Letaba and the Sabie Rivers.

Hluhluwe National Park, South Africa

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One of the oldest game reserves in Africa, Hluhluwe National Park situated in KwaZulu Natal is a great place to view hippos. This park has besides lots of overlooking pans also several waterholes.

The game reserve also offers bush and boat safaris - you can find more information here:

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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According to South African Tourism, Kwazulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to the largest population of hippo in South Africa? Over 800 hippos can be found in Lake St Lucia, Africa’s largest estuarine system.  

Okavango Delta

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UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site, hippos are one of the iconic animals of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. One can often hear the honking noises of the pods throughout the lagoon.

The Hippo population of the Okavango Delta continues to grow healthily, a Botswana safari provides you with an excellent chance to see the world’s fourth heaviest land mammal.

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