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The Hippopotamus, or as we affectionately call them Hippo’s, are the very heart and soul of Ditholo Lodge and give hours of viewing pleasure to our guests. The water features at Ditholo sit right up against the edge of the lodge and allow safe viewing of the resident Hippo family.
Chomp is our resident male who has the adulations and attention of two feisty females and is the father of two adorable calves.
Hippopotamus literally translated in Greek means “River Horse”, the Hippo while cute and cuddly from a distance has earned the reputation of being one of Africa’s most dangerous animals. Hippo’s live in groups controlled by an alpha male and generally are communal in habit, these groups are known as pods the only other mammals grouped in the same category are marine mammals. Female Hippos have one of natures most unique phenomena producing rich pink maternal milk.
Hippos are predominantly nocturnal leaving the sanctuary of water to feed and graze on plant material at night. The average Hippopotamus lives up to 50 years and is the third largest land mammal after the Elephant and White Rhino.