Sabi Sabi Selati Camp.Hip, Hip Hippo…

When finding Hippo in a dam,
this is more often than not the only visual that you have of their presence.
However, this particular critter, known by the rangers as “The Rock”,
was about to break that stereotype and put on a display that lasted more than 20 minutes.
Hippo are said to be responsible for the largest number of
animal encounter fatalities in Africa.
A full grown male can weigh in at 1500kg
and even though they might have short stubby legs,
on land they can attain a speeds up to 30kph.
Usually placid and more often than not barely visible,
today he decided to put on the most awesome display of power…
Wide mouthed and with his head flailing from side to side,
we sat in quiet awe of how an animal of this size can lift himself out of the water.
Twice during this encounter,
he did approach the our vehicle…but we did not move
and he chose NOT to leave the safety of the water.
Coming towards us at full speed was an impressive sighting.
“I am watching you”…
Up close and very personal…
I am certainly glad that we were safely ensconced in a vehicle


One last display before deciding that we were no longer worth playing with.
I have to add that at no time during this encounter were we in any danger
and neither was the hippo.
Our ranger had placed us in the perfect position to capture this behaviour
but without any undue stress on either the guests or the hippo.
This is how all game viewing should be accomplished…
with calmness and patience.
If we had just driven by the dam while he was submerged,
these images would not have been possible.


And finally, tired of the “game”,
he submerged and vanished beneath the surface.
A truly memorable experience and one of the most
 exciting hippo encounters that I have had in more than 40 years of bush adventures.
Sunset sees the end of the game drive and
 the need to return to Selati for dinner.
A perfect ending to an exciting and unique sighting
Perhaps we will find this elusive cat on another game drive…
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