The last whole day I had on my tour in South Africa we started the day with a boat trip out in the river near St. Lucia to see some hippos. We had actually already seen a few in the Kruger National Park, but they had been few and far away. This was an entirely different experience!

st lucia south africa

st lucia south africa

We set out on the first departure that day. All grey and quiet and maybe not super promising.

st lucia south africa

But it didn’t take long before we saw the first hippo. They were generally pretty unconcerned with us, as long as we kept our distance.

st lucia hippos south africa

st lucia south africa

We also saw just a few single crocodiles. Our captain told us it was a bit too cold for them to be out at that point.

st lucia south africa

On the lookout.

st lucia hippos south africa

st lucia south africa

We were pretty excited to see these two. They’re so big..!

st lucia hippos south africa

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st lucia south africa

st lucia south africa

And suddenly one side of the boat got kinda crowded.!

st lucia hippos south africa

We had just found our first big group of hippos. We were lucky enough to find a couple more groups that were just as big.

st lucia hippos south africa

And there were baby hippos.!

st lucia south africa

And these two teenagers play fighting.

st lucia hippos south africa

No teeth though, so no harm done.!

st lucia hippos south africa

st lucia south africa

We saw a couple more crocodiles and some fish eagles before we returned to shore.

st lucia south africa

st lucia hippos south africa

Another one of the bigger groups we passed. Going out to see real hippos in their natural environment up close was definitely a good experience, and a good one to end the tour I had been on. We had started in Johannesburg 6 days earlier and after this tour we would drive towards Durban which was our final destination.

What has been your favorite wildlife experience while traveling? Comment below.

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