I stayed at the Haile Resort. I needed a break from the hustle of Ethiopia and was yearning for a long hot shower. The hippos live in a small water grass area just North of the Haile resort. I went at about 9:30 am and there were 7 or 8 Hippos grazing. The boat is rented for set amount (long tour 800 birr-shorter tours are less). If you are one or 5 people the amount is the same. The driver circled the hippo's area, keeping maybe 30 yards away. he said they swim very fast and will attack the boat. They, like any wild animal, will protect their territory and young. The tour continued around the lake pointing out the fish market, etc. A very pleasant, though not very long adventure.
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