Kruger Safari South Africa

Hippopotamus – In the Water

The hippos are keeping a close eye on us as we sit on the rocks taking their photos. All is fine unless they get out of the water and will kick us out of their way. HA!!

They love water and spend around 15 hours submerged to keep their massive bodies cool. When the sun goes down they travel over land to graze. We were there at a perfect time. Later we saw them at sunset walking on land.

Walking Safari – Kruger

We decided to take a walking Safari. This is something we would never do. On the advice of our guide, we broke our rule and went.

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Within a short time frame an aggressive elephant appeared. He was about to charge us as we were blocking his way to the water. YIKES! Luckily our guide made the right move and took control, explaining to the elephant that he is the boss. We were told to stay calm and walk close together…We were a bit nervous but we are happy we survived.


  1. Great shots. I’ve always wanted to go on a safari, it seems like such an amazing experience. I’ve always been so amazed at hippos. They are so incredibly cute, but I had no idea they were so dangerous until later in life.


  2. I was on a driving safari in Kruger a couple of years ago. We ran into a pride of lions resting on a slope 25′ from the road a few minutes the Orpen Gate. Amazing. It was dark on the drive back to the lodge. The driver said he caught a glimpse of a hippo. I remember his comment: “If you run into a hippo he will kill you for sure.” I’m glad you had no problems.

    I did a dawn walking safari at Thornhill Safari Lodge where I stayed. Giraffes would let us approach to within 15′ in the dark. The game reserve was fenced so no lions or elephants but there were leopards about.

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