Hungry Hungry Hippos

July 10th

The view from a boat tour of the Shire River in Malawi:

A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River
A view from the Shire River

Hippo are the most frightening animal I’ve ever been near. They kill more people than any other animal in Africa and their sheer size is unbelievable. We were close enough to hear them grunt, see the detail of their wrinkled brow, watch them swim, listen to their ears splatter in the water. Hippo don’t really swim. I learned from our guide that they run along the river bottom. Their tails act as a propeller. Pretty cool construction, huh? God is great.

~K

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23 Responses

  1. Amazing photos. I love coming here and learning something new everyday. Africa is beautiful. So very, very beautiful.

  2. Your photos are amazing, Kelli!

  3. You really are making me jealous! I can’t imagine actually being close enough to the hippos to hear their ears hit the water. I’ve watched so many documentaries on hippos and how they are quite dangerous etc. You are definitely a brave one to get that close. šŸ™‚

  4. God is great. Thank you for telling me that today! Makes the day start off just right!

  5. I had the Hungry Hungry Hippo game growing up and thought they were just too cute… I think you have changed my opinion. Even so, you are right, God is great!

  6. Unbelivably fantastic photos! Holy cripes. What a beautiful adventure you are on!

    Little tail propellers. Love it. Can’t wait till the kiddos wake up so we can read up on hippos and I can tell them about the tails.

  7. I’ve always loved hippos. I would love to see them in person outside of a zoo. Even though I think I would be a lee-tle bit scar-wed. šŸ™‚

  8. I’m loving these photos and enjoying your travels through my monitor!

  9. What incredible adventures!! How amazing..

  10. Spectacular! What an incredible adventure. Thank you for sharing your photos and experiences Kelli. šŸ™‚

  11. Wow! I can’t believe you got so close. Awesome adventures! Great photos!

  12. These are fantastic photos!

  13. Aren’t they scary! Wouldn’t want my boat to tip over in that water! Those boys are so cute they made me smile :O)

  14. Love the photos, love the posts! Awesome! You go girl! šŸ™‚

  15. Thanks for sharing the photos and stories! I’m learning so much from your experiences!

  16. The hippos are giving the elephants a run for their money. Loving it!

  17. Wow. Those are some amazing photos!

  18. You’ve outdone yourself with these photos, Kell. Truly awe inspiring.

    Also, I love hippos.

  19. God is indeed great and his handiwork is amazing as seen in your photos. I love the expressions of the children. They just glow with love. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I always imagine hippos with tutus from fantasia every time someone mentions hippos, but they are truly scary animals. Are they also the ones that fling their poop? Or is that rhinos?

  21. I’ve really enjoyed looking at your pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Those hippos look like they are a little too close for comfort.

  22. Great photos, they look like something straight out of National Geographic. You are an awesome photographer. I wouldn’t have known whether to be excited or terrified that a hippo was so close.

  23. beautiful photos kelly…

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