Hippo at the Sweni Hide

by Cathy
(Johannesburg)

Hippo with calf

Hippo with calf

We were sitting at the Sweni Hide in the Kruger Park and we could not see any animals. We could not even see fish, crocs or terrapins as the water had some type of green plant floating on it.


A few birds landed on the bank and were looking for fish - I'm sure they also could not see into the water!

Suddenly the Hippo just emerged from the water, yawned, snorted and went back under. You can see the green plant on her back and on her large teeth!

Did you see the hippo's calf to the right of her - you can just make out the eye and nostril?

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Jun 02, 2013
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Always worth a visit
by: Mario

Graham, we have seen water in front of the Sweni hide for most of the year. In winter the water obviously reduces and the hippos tend to be found further downstream but there are nearly always birds and crocs at the hide. The one year we saw lions chasing an impala during winter to the left of the hide so you never know what you might see!

May 10, 2013
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Nice hippo!
by: Graham

Is the Sweni hide worth visiting in August? I know the roads around there (apart from S100) are nice and quiet..

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