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Hippo Jessica

Features Animals
Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 795 5249
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Something different

We had the time between our game drives to visit Jessica and Richard. I had never been so close to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stuttgart, Germany
So fun

I’ll admit I was weary of this at first because hippos are so dangerous, but clearly this one is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dana S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
via mobile
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“rooibos tea” (14 reviews)
“potatoes” (12 reviews)
“baby hippo” (16 reviews)
Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the time between our game drives to visit Jessica and Richard. I had never been so close to a small (Richard) and an adult Hippo. Jessica is amazing, when you see her from near disatnce and give her some food or some tea....More

1  Thank Karsten2310
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ll admit I was weary of this at first because hippos are so dangerous, but clearly this one is tame. She has been raised by humans and interacts with them every day of her life so she is used to it. You get to spend...More

Thank Dana S
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

This is an experience of a lifetime giving her tea and patats and her skin so soft hearing her story and seeing my kids faces was amazing make time to go see this beautiful animal.

Thank Annarina R
Reviewed 17 October 2017

WOW! Sounds crazy, but what a thrill to meet Jessica and her human parents! got to kiss a hippo! and feed her too! I was so excited to do this!!!

Thank brendabee50
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Jessica is a very friendly hippo, and enjoyed being fed her sweet potatoes and sweet rooibos tea. It's a really unique experience. I've never fed or stroked a hippo before. We'd planned to come yesterday, but checked to find that they were closed on Sunday...More

1  Thank Rachel V
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

The visit to Jessica was the highlight of my trip to South-Africa.. When u call her her ears and nose come up from the water... The Staff was extremely friendly and he showed the new baby hippo and after made Rooibos tea for Jessica! Great...More

1  Thank ron v
Reviewed 9 October 2017

actually was able to touch Jessica and feed her then we had to kiss her - was very quaint. really enjoyed this

1  Thank churtons
Reviewed 27 September 2017

No where else will you get to pet, feed and experience getting close to a hippo. Jessica is amazing and beautiful. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely do again if we come back to Africa!

2  Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Jessica was rescued as a baby and has become a spoiled pet - so visiting her helps subsidize the expense of feeding her. She is not in captivity - she can come and go in the river as she pleases. But she always seems to...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

One simply cannot miss this opportunity! Jess really is the most famous Hippo in the world, and an absolute pleasure to meet. For R100 pp this really is a once in a lifetime experience. EK IS LIEF VIR JOU JESS and baby Richie too ofcourse...More

Thank Zoe H
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Petro V
23 August 2017|
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Response from Dewald v | Reviewed this property |
Hi there , I cant remember the exact cost, but I would definitely recommend the experience and it is really not that expensive.. There is another hippo called Richie and yes Jessica is still alive - if you contact them... More
9 January 2017|
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Response from HotCoffeeGansbaai | Reviewed this property |
Hi, as the other replies indicate there are numerous options for accommodation in the area. We stayed at Phelwana Game Lodge. Enjoy your trip
Jenny W
14 March 2015|
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Response from Robert D | Reviewed this property |
Hi I can only confirm what the other people have said. Have fun. Regards Robert