|Ben Coley with the hippo in the background|
While out on a drive at Karongwe, the game drive vehicle came across a bit of an unexpected roadblock. Ben Coley describes the encounter in more detail.
"At the time of the detour, we were behind elephants on the road so I tried to take a different road to get in front of them. It had rained heavily in the morning and the reserve was dotted with puddles so I thought nothing of the pool of water ahead of us. As my front wheels touched water, something moved. We thought it was a terrapin until a huge shape loomed up, arched its neck and opened its mouth wide to reveal some formidable weaponry! It turns out that this puddle was already occupied by a hippo! I would like to thank the hippo for saving my blushes as without it causing me to stop, we would have no doubt become stuck as the ‘puddle’ must have been a meter deep! Another great of example that in the bush, you never know what is around the next corner!"