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Peter Muigai.

@ Tom Kellie,

 

Am delighted you like my hippo photo!

This should be an enough reason for you to book a return trip to Emakoko.

 

@@amybatt,

 

A safaritalk reunion would be amazing!

Your all welcome at Emakoko, for this kinda experience and more,

Amy can second me on that

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Back off! Female hippo, Mara River, Kenya; July 2013.

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Tom Kellie

@ Tom Kellie,

 

Am delighted you like my hippo photo!

This should be an enough reason for you to book a return trip to Emakoko.

 

@@amybatt,

 

A safaritalk reunion would be amazing!

Your all welcome at Emakoko, for this kinda experience and more,

Amy can second me on that

 

~ @@Peter Muigai.

 

Although I'm not yet ready to contact Anton and Emma, I'm definitely thinking about it.

If it moves forward, it would probably be another two-night stay.

What a joy it would be to have a third visit. Your highly skilled guiding is a major incentive to return!

Tom K.

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Hippo in the Sand River



Photographed at 5:45 pm on 19 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


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~ We'd been watching leopards, as well as enjoying birds in greenery. The evening game drive was warm, but pleasant. Our route took us past a bank of the Sand River where hippos live.


Seldom have I been positioned near to hippos in ‘golden hour’ lighting. On this occasion that occurred, resulting in this image showing details of the hippo's head, including the ears.

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Game Warden

I think that there are a few more hippo photos that need to be added here...

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Katavi in October 2013

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Botswanadreams

 

I had to look at your remarkable hippo image several times before finally grasping what you've shown.

That's a TERRIFIC photograph!

I'd originally thought that I was seeing a few hippos walking amongst large boulders.

After looking more attentively, realizing that it was hippos packed like bristling sardines in a tin, I smiled.

Safaritalk surprises me every month with images showing the wonders of African wildlife.

Thank you for posting one such special photograph.

Tom K.

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Botswanadreams

Tom that's one of the highlights in Katavi at the end of the dry season. This poor hippos you see on the pic are not all. As far as you could see from the bridge the last bit water in the river was full of hippos. Ok it smells a bit but it was worth to have a look to the hippos every morning and evening.

 

There are more places like this along the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom that's one of the highlights in Katavi at the end of the dry season. This poor hippos you see on the pic are not all. As far as you could see from the bridge the last bit water in the river was full of hippos. Ok it smells a bit but it was worth to have a look to the hippos every morning and evening.

 

There are more places like this along the river.

 

~ @@Botswanadreams

 

Thank you for telling this. I've never visited Tanzania and had no concept of Katavi.

As a result of your helpful post, I looked up Katavi. It is so seldom visited!

Your hippo image is more special than I'd realized, now that I understand how difficult it is to visit Katavi.

Once again Safaritalk has filled in another of the many large gaps in my understanding, in this case thanks to you.

With Appreciation,

Tom K.

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Can't recall if I posted this already. Out and about during the afternoon, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KZN, South Africa.

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On Duba Plains last month!

 

 

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Morkel Erasmus

Some great photos, folks!

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Two dozers on the banks of the Chobe river...

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In the St Lucia estuary, KZN

 

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optig

These are all wonderful photos. Hippos may be ugly animals,nevertheless they are fascinating.

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Chine Pool in Mana Pools National Park - June 2016.

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Hippos in ballad, Masai Mara, May 2012

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South Luangwa NP, October 2016

 

This large male hippo wandered into our camp courtyard to eat the fallen leaves of the sausage tree (Kigelia Africana). It seemed this was becoming a regular thing as he had done it a couple of times.

 

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Selinda, 2004

 

This one was called Henry. It was so famous its name was given to the small pan where it used to be most of the time.

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Tom Kellie

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Secret Pool Hippos

 

Photographed at 9:57 am on 7 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

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Although it would seem improbable that there'd be many genuine secrets in heavily trafficked Masai Mara, @Anthony Gitau and I know of a secret hippo pool which is seldom visited.

 

We found it when I requested a closer view of a clump of palms. Although we've stopped there in several safaris, there's never been tire tracks and other guides don't seem to know about it.

 

It's a small slip of a pool, yet a hippo family calls it home. The bright yellow in the image are weavers building nests, rather than flowers.

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Soukous

These were taken by the lagoon beside Khwai tented Camp in the Okavango Delta.

It was strange to see hippos out of the water in the middle of the day, grazing like cattle

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South Luangwa NP November 2017

 

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