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Hippo Jessica

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Exploitation of a Wild Animal

Jessica is the famous Hippo that was rescued after floods, hand reared and now still living close... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Meeting Jessica the hippo

What an amazing experience! Not just for the kids but adults too! We were welcomed and enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Kempton Park, South Africa
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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible2%
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Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
+27 15 795 5249
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Jessica is the famous Hippo that was rescued after floods, hand reared and now still living close too the family with regular visits- very sweet very nice but I have issues over Pet and play for R100 . Does any of this money go back...More

Thank familybrown176
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Like a circus with your participation basically. The hippo knows exactly what to do, where to stand and how to pose under the tight instructions of the owner, as you are being instructed to move right / left / back / forward between the tour...More

Thank MNK666
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience! Not just for the kids but adults too! We were welcomed and enjoyed the personal interaction with Jessica, feeding her and giving her a kiss! I would definitely recommend this experience! Just take cash with you as there are no card...More

1  Thank jamieza
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Having been here on a number of occasions, Jess has always been a gracious host. From the first visit when she was a young and naive Hippo, to her boyfriend, and just being such a shining example of her species, Jess has always been spectacular...More

Thank CBadrian
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

I had seen her on TV, then was going to The area, and saw the link through google maps. Knew I had to go!!! It’s not a fancy place, but a homely environment. I think it is something to experience & remember for life. If...More

1  Thank F1withkids
Reviewed 19 August 2018

I mean, when else are you gonna be able to get that close to a hippo? It's a fun experience. Minus one star for the owner - constant chain smoking and some not so-pc comments.

1  Thank Noah S
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Seeing a hippo up close and being able to touch it isa curiosity but that's about it. We arrived 20 minutes before the booked time , were told to sit and wait by the gardener. We didn't get any warm welcoming or offered a drink...More

1  Thank kim l
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

It’s was a really good experience to interact with the hippos. We enjoyed the introduction and feeding. It was a bit pricey with regards to value for money but a pleasant experience nonetheless. Thank you.

Thank JasonJ2746
Reviewed 2 August 2018

The trip was enjoyable for us, yes the road out to the homestead is bumpy and long. but not the worse road on the lowveld. the Guide took about 20 minutes to come out, which is fine as we showed up without a booking. we...More

1  Thank Dale g
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Wonderful intimate visit hosted by Elizabeth. Great explanation in the Jessica story then had opportunity to feed her corn and tea. She is totally free to come and go as she pleases.

Thank drwbaker
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Pat H
13 March 2018|
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Response from BBBTOURS | Reviewed this property |
Hi Pat, Trip Advisor would not allow me to post their contact details here. You will need to type "Jessica the Hippo" on google search and go into their website where you will find their email and contact number Thanks
23 August 2017|
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Response from CCccfamily | Reviewed this property |
It was R100 pp and yes there is another one too. Both alive and well
9 January 2017|
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Response from HotCoffeeGansbaai | Reviewed this property |
Hi, as the other replies indicate there are numerous options for accommodation in the area. We stayed at Phelwana Game Lodge. Enjoy your trip