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Hippo pools

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Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:32 am Unread post
Can anyone tell me if you can still visit the hippo pools.
I have been going to the hippo pools for years.
My SO is still new to KNP and wanted to show him the pools in December but there was nobody there.
Would like to show him the pools when we will be visiting the park in April?
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Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:07 am Unread post
We visited Hippo Pools last year in June and there was a ranger there (old Lee Enfield and all).

We had a great viewing and were lucky enough to see a failed hunt by a female carrying young who then came straight over to the rock formation afterwards.


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Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:52 am Unread post
Sorry guys, Im talking about the one close to croc bridge


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Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:56 am Unread post
As far as I know, you can still go there. Last time I was there, last May, Daniel was there to watch and guide.


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Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:23 pm Unread post
Timing seems to be the thing.
Sometimes there is a ranger and sometimes not.
Maybe he has tea and lunch breaks.
We've been there and seen the traditional bicycle and no ranger.


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Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:24 am Unread post
Hi there,
we were at the Hippo Pools near to Croc bridge last month and yes the guide is still there.
We got chatting as there were Lions at the cnr. of S25 and the road to the pools.
The guide is there from 6.30 am and knock off at 10.30am so not there all day.
There were two there the day we were there. It was a Saturday so maybe weekend hours not sure of their hours during the week though. Good luck its a beautiful area.


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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:03 am Unread post
Hi guys and gals. 8)

The rangers name is Daniel and his duty times are from Monday to Saturday 12:00.

He knocks off on Saturday @ 12:00, relaxes on Sunday and returns on Monday morning.

Follow these times and you will not miss him. :thumbs_up:

Oh yes, he arrives at his post half an hour after gate opening times, and leaves 1 hour before the gates close.

ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


rockart at kruger

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Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:20 pm Unread post
Planning a visit to Kruger next year and apart from the wildlife I would love to see some of the rock art here.
Is it possible to see sites from the vehicle or are there ranger walks that take in the rock art sites...or are they off limits?


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Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:23 pm Unread post
Hippo pools at Croc Bridge has some, but for the others, you will have to book more than just a walk. :thumbs_up:


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Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:32 pm Unread post
Sorry to disappoint you, the art work at the Hippo Pool has been vandalised, it is no more.
The site is still in existence and worth a visit the view over the Crocodile River is very rewarding and when there have a chat to the guide, he may be able to tell a few interesting stories, however the disappointment of what had happened here since our first visit somewhat blunts the experience.

The Bushman and Wolhuter Trails as already mentioned are a very good call.


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Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:53 pm Unread post
I am shocked to hear about the rock art at Hippo pools .
We always make a point of going there when we are in the area .
Its great to chat to the ranger and just to be out where you know others have been many years ago.

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Bushman Paintings at Hippo Pools S27

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Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:08 pm Unread post
Sadly the 2000 floods washed away the Bushman Paintings at the Hippo Pools.

There must be people out there who have photos of these paintings and that this piece of history has not been completely lost and forgotten.


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Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:03 am Unread post
There is still one painting that can be seen, albeit faint.

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Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:41 am Unread post
There are still some there - taken in 2010:

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Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:08 am Unread post
Thank you Glen D and Rookie 2009, that's good news, was led to believe by the Guide at Hippo pools in August 2009 that they had been washed away by the 2000 floods.
He took us across the river to see the hippos told us when we enquired said that there were no more paintings. ???
Thank you for the photos... :thumbs_up:
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