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Retima Hippo Pool

Retima Hippo Pool

Retima Hippo Pool

 

Retima Hippo Pool (Seronera Valley, Serengeti National Park) – located 8 km north of Seronera, this site is where the course of the Seronera river joins the Orangi river and forms this deep pond puddled by hippos spending the day immersed in the water. Often visitors can only see their little pink ears and the big nostrils from where they blow out excess water and make bubbles; this is the best place in the park where to spot these huge, noisy mammals.

A visit to this spot is very interesting especially in the dry season, when there are more hippos than water; the huge mammals rest in the shallow water or the mud in search of coolness and shelter from the scorching sun, fighting each other for the best position. This is one of the few places in the Serengeti National Park where you can leave the jeep and see hippos up close, and take advantage of great photo opportunities offered from one of the observation points.