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Hippo Jessica

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Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story about Jessica is fascinating and it was exciting for both kids and adults to feed and kiss a hippo.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Zandrahmaria
Reviewed February 13, 2019

This is a must-do if you are in the area! The story of Jessica the Hippo is fascinating. Highly recommend that you give her some love on your South Africa trip.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ThinkHapBeHap
Reviewed January 19, 2019

Jessica is a free animal who keeps a pretty reliable schedule of hanging out with humans. We were all able to feed her sweet potatoes and pet her, the ladies were able to give her tea from a bottle and kiss her - she is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Diane B
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Wonderful experience and they were so understanding and helpful with our disabled daughter. Highly recommended and worth the time and effort

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Madeleine V
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

Truly a unique experience getting up close and personal with a verry friendly Jessica The Hippo! Good time guaranteed!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank SJVenter13
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Jessica is the most friendly hippo you can touch feed give some tea, and ir you get courage can kiss her, Nice to assist with family

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Hernan_Hauri
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

This was so so amazing!!!! Our three year old son loved it!!! Definitely worth it! Friendly staff and its very educational and a once in a life time opportunity!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank nathazias
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

After seeing Jessica on various documentaries it was on my Bucket List to pay her a visit. We had an absolutely amazing time with a small group of people learning about Jessica and then proceeding to feed her some sweet potato and give her a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Neru_UK
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Jessica and her ‘patents’ are eccentric and a true delight to meet. The experience is very unique and should not be missed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cristel B
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

I absolutely adored our recent visit to see Jessica. The location is around 8km up a gravel road but is worth it as soon as you arrive. First we saw Richie, another rescued hippo and he was gorgeous and then we were soon introduced to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Helenokane
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Pat H
March 13, 2018|
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Response from rudi_adventures | 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
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PetroV36
August 23, 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
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brendabee50
January 8, 2017|
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Response from Henry C | 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
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