Hippos are the second biggest terrestrial mammal after elephants and the third heaviest after elephants and rhinos. A adult Hippo weighs between one and three tons, with males being much bigger than females. Hippos, despite their size, are extremely swift and can sprint faster than humans.
Hippopotami graze mostly on grass and can weigh up to 150 pounds. They are mostly found in areas of water. They mostly eat at night and spend the majority of their time under water to avoid the sun. They are semi-aquatic creatures since they can swim and merely bounce on the bottom of a river or lake. Their bodies produce a red-colored natural sunscreen known as blood sweat.
They are incorrectly thought to be linked to pigs, although they are actually connected to porpoises and whales. Did you ever think of something like that? But it is correct. They generally live between 40 and 50 years and copulate/conceive and give birth when submerged. Hippos develop and expand in size until they are about 25 years old. The males are known as Bulls, the females as Cows, and the young ones as calves. They live in schools or pods.
The stunning but genuine fact about hippos is that they are the most hazardous creatures in the world, much more dangerous than the lions that we all fear, and they are responsible for the majority of fishermen’s deaths. If you are walking, it is best to remain a safe distance from them since you will not notice how they will knock you down. They are threatened, however, because of the strong demand for their meat, tusks, and skin, as well as the risk they bring to surrounding populations. There have been reports of small boats or canoes being overturned by hippos, but this should not be a reason for concern during launch trips because hippos cannot overturn big motorized vessels and the activity does not take place on the banks of lakes or rivers.
The major predators are humans. Other than the occasional crocodile, there are no natural predators. Adult hippos, particularly bulls, may trample calves. Estes (page 223)
- National Parks
As a result, these huge creatures may be seen on Uganda safaris in the following locations:
A boat journey on Lake Mburo provides unique possibilities to witness several Hippos because the lake is their home and habitat. The motorized boats travel to the eastern beaches of Lake Mburo, where you may view schools of hippos, albeit not as many as in Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth and Nile River or Lake Albert in Murchison Falls National Park, where their numbers are uncountable.
These creatures may be sighted in the Nile River and so can be viewed on boat journeys to the bottom of Murchison Falls. In reality, this place has the most Hippos, making it worthwhile to visit on a safari. In terms of possibilities to witness hippos, this site is second only to the Kazinga Channel.
Hippos are prevalent in the Semuliki River in this park, and when you take a boat ride to Lake Albert, you will be astounded by the number of hippos in this river.
The Semliki River flows through the boundaries of two nations, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, but conflicts in the former place wildlife species, particularly hippos, at risk.
The Kazinga Channel (40 kilometers long) that connects Lake George and Edward is a great ecosystem with the highest concentration of Hippos, making it an ideal location for a safari to observe them. As a result, schools of Hippos may be seen during a launch cruise in the Kazinga Channel.
In conclusion, hippos are an important natural animal in Uganda and may be seen in Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kazinga Channel, Murchison Falls National Park’s Nile River, and Semuliki Forest National Park’s Semuliki River.