In terms of our South African Wildlife, the Hippo is one of the animals that tourists look out for on their game drives. On one of our family holidays, I managed to get some shots up close and personal. One of them even sauntered to our chalet during the night. Unfortunately this can be a dangerous animal as evidenced by three people being killed the other day by a Hippo on the border of our country.
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the lake floor, or lie in the shallows. Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged.(National Geographic)