- Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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As its name implies, Hippo Pool – which sits near Kruger's southern border – acts as one of the park's premier locales for viewing hippos. In fact, hundreds of these giant, grunting creatures frequent this part of the Crocodile River, where they spend the majority of their time soaking in the water to stay cool. Crocodiles also reside here but are typically harder to spot.
Visitors are more than welcome to get out of their vehicles at Hippo Pool. However, hippos are extremely dangerous, so stay in designated viewing areas at all times. For the best hippo photos, arrive around dusk when these creatures climb ashore to eat grass.
Hippo Pool is situated less than 5 miles away from Crocodile Bridge gate in Kruger National Park's Marula Region. Visitors can drive to the site in their own vehicle. Game drives that depart from Crocodile Bridge gate and rest camp often stop at Hippo Pool as well. The area is free to visit, but driving curfews and gate closures at camps apply, so call ahead for gate hours. A list of campsite contacts can be found on Kruger's website. Restrooms, picnic tables and other facilities are not offered at Hippo Pool.