Serengeti Hippo Pool
Serengeti Hippo Pool
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  • Sofia V
    Seattle, Washington5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating pool and fascinating facts from our safari guide.
    If you love hippos you should definitely visit this spot in Serengeti. You can see the hippos very closely and hear the fascinating sounds they make. Thanks to our safari guide Beatus (of Angelino Adventures) who gave us enough time to see the animals and answered all the questions we asked and provided some fascinating facts about hippos. It was interesting to see a dominant male chasing a junior male out of the pool. The only concern about this spot is the stinky smell of the pool. But all in all it was interesting to see such massive beasts in a very close range.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Rob P
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Serengeti
    Our safari was confirmed last Minute, and Oscar Mosha from Tanzania Escapade company Ltd, a very reputable company (dmc) in Arusha made all arrangements in a shoe time, he a assured us we will have a great experience on safari in Serengeti. We couldn’t be happier if we tried , myself and my wife had a dream to visit Serengeti and he made it possible, the hippo pool was amazing we were very lucky to see the big five. we highly recommend his company Tanzania Escapade company +255717946887 he knows everything about safari. We are happy and grateful for organizing safari for us. Thank you so much.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to view hippo behavior
    Make sure to see this place if you are in the area when visiting the Serengeti. You are allowed to exit your vehicles (since it also has toilet facilities) and approach the pool where dozens of hippos spend their days. It is fascinating to watch them interact, and you can get close enough to get great photos. You will likely only want to stay and watch for 10-15 minutes since the smell can be nearly overpowering.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
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Hendersoned
Florence, OR941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
In the middle of nowhere there is a pool full of hippopotamus, and clean bathrooms, a snack and gift shack and friendly staff. Amazing experience, low prices, cold drinks
Written 8 May 2024
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Make sure to see this place if you are in the area when visiting the Serengeti. You are allowed to exit your vehicles (since it also has toilet facilities) and approach the pool where dozens of hippos spend their days. It is fascinating to watch them interact, and you can get close enough to get great photos. You will likely only want to stay and watch for 10-15 minutes since the smell can be nearly overpowering.
Written 6 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rob P
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our safari was confirmed last Minute, and Oscar Mosha from Tanzania Escapade company Ltd, a very reputable company (dmc) in Arusha made all arrangements in a shoe time, he a assured us we will have a great experience on safari in Serengeti.
We couldn’t be happier if we tried , myself and my wife had a dream to visit Serengeti and he made it possible, the hippo pool was amazing we were very lucky to see the big five. we highly recommend his company Tanzania Escapade company +255717946887 he knows everything about safari. We are happy and grateful for organizing safari for us. Thank you so much.
Written 6 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sofia V
Seattle, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
If you love hippos you should definitely visit this spot in Serengeti. You can see the hippos very closely and hear the fascinating sounds they make. Thanks to our safari guide Beatus (of Angelino Adventures) who gave us enough time to see the animals and answered all the questions we asked and provided some fascinating facts about hippos.

It was interesting to see a dominant male chasing a junior male out of the pool. The only concern about this spot is the stinky smell of the pool. But all in all it was interesting to see such massive beasts in a very close range.
Written 15 July 2023
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bodgan s
Romania10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
So many hippos to see.it was super amazing to see lots of hippos in one place.we were adviced by our guide michael from skimmer tours and safaris not to go close to this dangerous animals.to enjoy your safari book with skimmer tours and safaris +255 745 960 057.amazing friendly local guide
Written 10 June 2023
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,800 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We saw hippos playing for more than an hour and it was a feast to look at. After dozens of safaris we never saw it like this before. Depends on the season though, and how much water is in it!
Written 6 April 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If you can stand the smell, it's an awesome sight; hippos, wherever you look. Although most of them seem to stay in a large group, if you stay long enough you may catch an individual going off on his own.
Written 15 March 2023
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Emilie M
Frankfurt, Germany20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Hippos, Hippos Everywhere! Our Unbelievable Experience Capturing these Massive Mammals in Their Natural Habitat. But Beware: Admire from Afar!
Written 10 March 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar19,240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Hippo pool is an awesome place to see. Many hippopotamuses in small pool for the whole day. Almost covered with water but noses and eyes. They go out at night only for eating. Stinking smell if you stay for long time.
Written 10 March 2023
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Gina Schofield
Ottawa, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The natural hippo pool was always full of hippos!! But man, do these guys stink so prepare your nose! lol
Written 2 February 2023
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