Hippos and Crocs
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Up early today to go for a walk in the local area. We explored the estuary and walked down to the beach, and had a drink whilst watching the hippos lounge about in the water. We got rather nervous at one point, because there were some small children fishing right at the water's edge, a tasty bite-sized meal for one of the 2,500 crocs that live in the waters here. We moved on before we witnessed a scene not unlike one of David Attenborough's documentaries.
This afternoon we had booked a boat trip to see the local crocs and hippos. Our first sighting was of several crocodiles basking in the sun on the riverbank. The boatdriver took us to within 6 feet of them, whilst informing us that crocodiles can jump about 3 metres out of the water.
We saw two or three big groups altogether, and one or two solitary males in the water. We were also treated to a really good sunset on the way back. This evening, in celebration of finally seeing some wildlife, we treated ourselves to a really good Italian meal.