Their chortling grunts are synonymous with a waterborne safari. Sprays of mist as they surface in the golden light of dawn. Adapted to life on land and lake. If you hadn't guessed, we're talking about hippos, one of Africa's most common, but often overlooked characters. Your safari wouldn't be complete without them, so we've collated some of our favourite places to spot the abdominous hippopotamus.
The name hippopotamus is actually derived from the Ancient Greek, and it means “river horse”. The horse part is certainly stretching the imagination: a hippo hardly has equine elegance! Perhaps it’s a childhood watching Disney’s Fantasia, but we’re all very fond of these ungainly creatures, and watching them wallowing in muddy pools, then running at remarkable speed, is an unforgettable feature of many of our safaris. Here’s where you will get some of the very best hippo sightings.