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I went in thinking this excursion would very touristy and over the top, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quaint and very low key it was.

When arriving I started to watch a small documentary about Jessica and her “parents”. I then got the chance to feed her. Rice cakes are not usually on a hippos diet but that was the only thing she would eat. It’s an understatement to say she is spoiled. After tossing a few rice cakes into her mouth I then proceeded to the river where I was given the opportunity to rub Jessica’s back with my feet. After a nice back rubbing I gave her some tea, her favorite brand of course and gave her a kiss on the nose.

I would recommend this excursion if you have a free morning. My tour guide was awesome and made the experience very enjoyable.

It’s a very nice relaxing activity and honestly … when else are you going to get the chance to kiss a hippo?


Written by Brianna Hackler (USA)