Attractive fellow, isn't he? This shot came after we had massive rain that flooded parts of the Mara. In fact, I still can't believe we were able to capture this shot. I don't think it would have happened, had we had another driver, too timid to drive the trails we pursued that day.
Anderson was so familiar with every bit of the Mara, that when we came to a flooded area, he drove right in, knowing where the road was. What we didn't realize was that the water off to the sides was actually quite deep! We were driving along, not seeing a lot of anything, when all of a sudden, these hippos appear! There were tons of them, swimming around just feet from our jeep.
Thankfully, Anderson knew what he was doing, and we didn't end up swimming with these guys. They're not the friendliest, I must say. But they are fascinating to watch.