- Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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You're bound to stumble across hippos at other Serengeti watering holes, but nothing can compare to the spectacle of the Retina Hippo Pool in Central Serengeti. Situated where the Seronera and Orangi rivers converge, the Retina Hippo Pool consists of a deep puddle of water with roughly 200 sloshing, playing hippos.
Some former visitors noted that the smell can be somewhat overwhelming – they are animals, after all – but that's hardly a deterrent. You'll see plenty of hippos (and possibly some herons and Nile crocodiles) to snap photos of, but remember that these creatures are very large and very dangeous, so it's best to keep your distance. Also, consider visiting during the dry season (between July and November) when more hippos are exposed due to the pool's lower water levels.
You'll find the Retina Hippo Pool in the northwestern section of Central Serengeti, just north of the Seronera River Valley. Like other areas of Serengeti National Park, this body of water is free to visit 24 hours a day. A parking lot, a picnic area and restrooms are also available here. Nearby accommodations options include Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp and Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Check out Serengeti National Park's official website for more information about Retina Hippo Pool and area amenities.