Sunset dam in the Kruger National Park is famed for its abundant bird life as well as its large hippo and crocodile populations. Sometimes it seems like there are just too many hippos for such a small dam. This was the case one winter morning when we visited the dam just before sunrise.
As the first rays of light shimmered upon the still water, it became clear that there was more than one amorous hippo in the dam! The action started slowly, with the hippos becoming increasingly vocal and the various pods coming together after a night of foraging. However very quickly it escalated as one bull started chasing various smaller cows around the dam. The cows would duck and dive, weaving between other hippos in the hope to shake the bull. One clever female was able to dodge his advances by ducking behind another large bull, which stopped the amorous bull in its tracks. However with one female the bull’s advances finally paid off and the pair mated briefly before going their separate ways.