After two days of travel, it was great to arrive at our final destination. We decided to go on our first photo safari immediately upon arrival to our lodge. It was a great experience. We saw quite a bit of wildlife including African elephants, white rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, African buffalo, blue wildebeests, warthogs, impalas, baboons, vervet monkeys, and also a pair of hippopotamus hanging around in a pond. The two hippos kept bobbing up and down in the water and looking at us as if they were checking us out. We were able to witness three elephants, two rhinos and a pair of hippos at the very end of our safari tour. It was quite a show!
Hippopotamus are amazing, huge animals. They can grow up to 7 feet tall and weigh upwards of two tons. After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third-largest type of land mammal. Rival male hippos will often have noisy, aggressive and fearsome clashes. Fortunately for us, these were two females in the pond and they were very peaceful.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/500th of a second and the ISO set at 1600.
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