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“If I didn't have the photographs I wouldn't believe it” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hippo Jessica

Hippo Jessica
Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit, South Africa
+27 (0)15 795-5249
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Ranked #7 of 18 attractions in Hoedspruit
Type: Zoos
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Dublin,Ireland
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“If I didn't have the photographs I wouldn't believe it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

You will never get so close to a hippo ever in your leaf. The bizarre spectacle of Jessica lumbering up for her tea and corn is unreal. But I must admit I lost my heart to Ritchie the baby hippo there

Visited October 2012
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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“This is fun, strage and a bit weird.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I heard about Jessic and you can go on YouTube and see a video. I fed her, she kissed me. It is a bit odd but worth the side trip at least I think.

Visited September 2012
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22 attraction reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“We LOVE Jessica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Jessica the Hippo at her home. We had seen videos of Jessica on television and heard the story of Toni Joubert rescuing this orphan and raising her as an only hippo and wanted to see this for ourself. We are so happy that we did. We arrived via a long circuitous route through a corporate orange grove thanks to our GPS so beware. But it was well worth the trouble. We arrived at the gate and welcomed by one of Jessica's caregivers. We were escorted to the dock on the riverbank and were standing there chatting away with Tonie when we look up and see Jessica nimbly trotting down the path to the water. What a sight. She gently entered with barely a splash and swam over to the dock to be granted a snack by my husband and myself. We had a great afternoon talking to Tonie and watching Jessica as she went about her business acting very much like a very large dog who swims. Visiting hours 10 to 12 and 3 to 5. joubert@jessicahippo.com or www.jessicahippo.com. Make time in your schedule to see this. You will be delighted!

Visited July 2012
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

my wife really likes kissing a hippo - need I say more! And now there is a new little Richard which we look forward to watching grow up

Visited September 2012
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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“One of our regular visits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

A real special experience to hear the story about Jessica, and then afterwards to feed Jessica and even to play with her. Very special.

Visited March 2012
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