Cruising along the myriad of waterways that make up the Okavango Delta is one of the primary elements of Afrika Ecco Mobile Safaris. Keeping guests in touch with the natural beauty of Botswana, this safari operation is run purely on mokoro, motorboat, and walking activities, while nights are spent in tents under the stars and meal are prepared and served out in the open.
So silently and secretly run, guests have the opportunity to enjoy close and intimate experiences with some of Africa’s wildest creatures. Here on an Afrika Ecco motorboat safari, one of the biggest residents of the water – the hippopotamus – gets taken by surprise and runs along the riverbank in search of cover before taking to the water and disappearing entirely:
It is commonly thought that hippos only emerge from the water at night when they graze on grass, but often they are seen basking in the sun alongside the water, and will suddenly rush for the shallows if they feel threatened. They can lie in the water for hours on end with their eyes, ears, and nostrils peeking through the surface, keeping them alert. If you can’t see a hippo in the water, don’t assume it’s clear, as hippos can remain submerged for up to 6 minutes. On land, these 2-tonne beasts are clumsy and not able to jump over obstacles, which is why they stick to well-worn pathways leading to and from water. If threatened, hippos will charge down these pathways towards water, reaching speeds of 36 km/h, which is when they are most dangerous to humans.
It’s best to admire their mighty appearances from the safety of a boat!