Hippo Jessica
Hippo Jessica
4.5
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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4.5 of 5 bubbles534 reviews
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Lindy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was such a great experience. They are truly majestic animals. I am South African, and a conservationist. I know very well the danger of wild animals, but there is a misconception about hippos. If not threatened, they are gentle, peaceful creatures. The love and care they receive from Tonie is reciprocal. When they hear his voice they make cooing sounds, which they do not make for anyone else. They trust him, and he trusts them, it is a relationship built over 24 years. I do not condone petting zoos, or exploiting animals for financial gain, but this is not what this is. Tonie has dedicated his life to these hippos and had to make a lot of sacrifices to care for them. It is a full time job. The small fee he asks for visitors is what he uses to feed these 2 ton animals. I highly recommend booking a stay in his chalet or treehouse. Although it is not luxurious accommodation, it is clean, safe and comfortable, with an amazing view of the Blyde river and wildlife. Book a couple of days, see what it's all about.
Written 3 April 2024
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Anneli L
Stockholm County, Sweden5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
been waiting for a long time to go here, we travelled from Sweden to see Jessica, Seun and little Luku and we loved every second of the visit!
Written 27 March 2024
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egberts
Eindhoven, The Netherlands8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
we visited Jessica because a hotel employee mentioned herl. We did not consult a website before going there. We were very disappointed by the location and the unfriendliness of the host, who had an imperative attitude. This is a money-making project, and has nothing to do with care for animals. The hippo's are used to make money. We were not aware of an entrance fee, it was not mentioned upon arrival. we thought it was all about the taking care of a poor hippo. R150 per person is not nothing, we had to pay cash as there was no internet conncetion. It smells.
Go see the hippo's in the Kruger park!
Written 27 February 2024
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Ctaps2000
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This was a truly unique experience and made my heart sing. It’s a must do activity and suitable for families with children and couples.
Written 22 October 2023
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krugerandmore
Mbombela, South Africa370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Thanks for your kindness .
We were a group of 3 that really enjoy our afternoon at Jessica.
The show and interaction was real cool and nor forced. The owner was kind and answered all our question. Really great experience.
Thanks
Dave
Written 7 September 2023
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Adam B
Monroe, WA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited S. Africa in September 2022 which is right after the fire season and a little before the bugs come out. Going to see Jessica while we were there was an amazing experience. The experience of feeding and touching a hippo is quite surreal.

There's actually 2 hippos that are friendly, but be forewarned it's possible you might not be able to interact with either of them. They are wild and are not demanded to do anything but be a hippo.

The story of the owner's former life and how he came to be the "caretaker" of the magnificent beasts is a story worth visiting for in and of itself.
Written 21 June 2023
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Richard D
Stellenbosch, South Africa29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Fantastic and emotional….. really appreciate the bond and absolutely no cruelty as she is free to roam if she so chooses
Written 16 April 2023
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Mayuri R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Please stop supporting people who exploit wildlife, this is not conservation and that animal is going to injure someone one day, you can't take the wild out of an animal, natural instinct always pushes through and when it does it won't be pretty.
Written 20 January 2023
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Varun Vinayan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Tony is a gem of a person!
My wife and I planned to meet Jessica on the last day of our vacation in Hoedspruit before heading to the airport.
We reached quite late for the scheduled 9:30 meet with Jessica.

The gates were closed and the guard said that the place was shut as there was an emergency and all the guests were asked to leave because of that.
We were heavily disappointed and didn't wanna leave without meeting Jessica and regretted scheduling this on the last day.

We requested the guard to help us out and let us just see Jessica once before we leave but he refused due to security reasons.
As we were about to back up our car from in front of the gate, a truck approached from behind and asked the guard to open the gate and let us in.

It was Tony.

He was very happy to see that he had guests over when he was back.
When we met him, we learnt that he had to rush for a medical emergency. HE WAS BIT BY SOUTH AFRICA'S MOST VENOMOUS SCORPION. As he was showing the earlier guests around the place and introducing each one to Jessica and Siyan, he had been stung by a really dangerous scorpion and had to be rushed to the nearest Hospital.

As he was back, he showed us his bandaged leg as well the dead scorpion in a box. One can see the attached images to this review.
The doctor said to him that he was lucky to be surviving the sting as many don't survive it and that he should be taking rest once treated.

Despite that, he was really happy and kind to introduce us to Jessica and Siyan.
We didn't want him to stress himself out and asked him if we could just see them up close, but he was very nice to make us meet both of the lovely hippos.

The experience is unforgettable and it was one of the best moments to be able to meet and greet with Jessica and Siyan. Both of them were so cute and nice. My wife and I absolutely loved them and would recommend whoever would be going to Hoedspruit to meet Jessica before they take leave.

Thank you so much Tony, you have been very hospitable and kind to us despite the situation you were in.
I hope you are doing well and recovering from the horrible scorpion sting.

I would say all of us were lucky that day.
Tony was lucky that the scorpion sting wasn't fatal and we were lucky that we DID NOT reach early and got to meet Jessica and Siyan just in time when Tony was returning from the Hospital.

Thank you again.
Hope to meet Jessica and Siyan again.

Love from India,
Tejal and Varun.
Written 15 December 2022
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Leslie F
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was an amazing, unique, and surreal experience. Being able to feed Jessica & Sein sweet potatoes and tea and interact with them up close was the experience of a lifetime! The owners Tonie & Shirley were very friendly and informative. If you are an animal lover and visiting Hoedspruit, this is a do-not-miss event! I hope to return in the future and look forward to following Jessica’s story.
Written 22 October 2022
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