Hippo sighting!

This is a group of hippos that we saw in the Nile River.

They sleep in the water during the day and come out at night to eat. Hippos are actually one of the most dangerous animals in the park and they kill more people every year than any other African animal! BUT, I like them. I was most excited to see the hippos…and they didn’t disappoint me, they’re actually pretty cute.

Overall the safari was amazing. The air smelled like jasmine and wild roses and jungle. It was thick and I could feel the moisture in the air. It felt easier to breathe there, like the air was clean and pure and full of oxygen from all of the trees.

Besides hippos, we saw lots of other beautiful animals too – giraffes, buffalo, lions (and lion cubs), elephants, warthogs, crocodiles, and some huge birds like the hornbill. It was a very surreal experience, and also one of the biggest thrills I’ve ever experienced. There is something about being 20 feet away from a lion with nothing between you – no glass or chain link fence – that is extremely exhilarating. It was the experience of a lifetime.

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