Hippos of Uganda’s Kazinga Channel

Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda

As my grandmother used to say: no weekend is complete without a mini hippo gallery popping up in your feed.

Wise woman, she. (And you’re welcome.)

Here are a few shots of hippos that populate the Kazinga Channel in western Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, a wide 32-kilometer long channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. I was told later that the channel is home to one of the planet’s largest concentrations of hippos; in parts of the channel they indeed were the proverbial dime a dozen.

Some characterize hippos as cute, but I can’t. I never have, and seeing them in the wild didn’t change my mind. They’re massive, clumsy, oddly columnar and stocky in shape and hairless — expect for around their wildly out-of-scale tiny ears.

They swam and bobbed passively in the water as our boat glided by, veiling their reputation as one of the most dangerous and unpredictable animals in Africa. Swimming nearby is not a good idea.

The channel is also home to a sizable population of Nile crocodiles but with our visit coming a few hours after a long hard rain, they stayed away and we didn’t see any. We were treated to a nice cross section of the several dozen species of birds that live along the shores. A post featuring those is forthcoming next week.

Enjoy!

Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda
Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda
Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda
Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda
Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda
A pair of hippos, Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda

Hippopotamus, Kazinga Channel, Uganda

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For the record: the lead photo, which serves proudly as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,191st (!) straight, was snapped in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park on 30 March 2017.

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  1. C. J. Hartwell says

    They are odd looking creatures, now that you mention it. I’ve heard they’re more dangerous than rhinos!

    1. Bob R says

      They’re quite fast, too. Our guide said they can reach 30kph.

  2. paula graham says

    Fabulous creatures, should to be seen but not touched! Lovely photos too.

  3. Anne J. says

    I agree with you! These are great, although scary, photographs. 🙂

    Have you been to Botswana? The Chobe River Boat Safari is fantastic! I had done several game drives before, in smaller game reserves as well as in the Kruger National Park, but the boat safari is a totally different experience.

    If you haven’t been, do allow me to entice you 🙂 –
    https://foodtraveltour.com/2016/10/28/chobe-river-boat-safari/

    But, this might interest you more – https://foodtraveltour.com/2016/09/30/boat-safari/
    South Africa is not as exotic as Uganda but we’re a fabulouos destination all the same. 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      These are great, thanks. No never been to Botswana. The only countries I’ve visited in Africa so far are Kenya, Uganda and Morocco. I need to take a year or two and plan a road trip. 🙂

      1. Anne J. says

        I think you’ll like this side of the world, too. I hope you visit soon. 🙂

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