South Africa - St. Lucia Estuary and Indian Ocean

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img_1340 Our first wild hippo sighting.
Our first wild hippo sighting.
img_1358 A large family group of hippos was our next destination. Unfortunately this is as much as you could usually see of the 20 or so hippos in the area. They mostly...
A large family group of hippos was our next destination. Unfortunately this is as much as you could usually see of the 20 or so hippos in the area. They mostly…
img_1376 One extra bit of excitement - a mama crocodile (Or is it an alligator? I can never remember!) guarding her nest of eggs.
One extra bit of excitement - a mama crocodile (Or is it an alligator? I can never remember!) guarding her nest of eggs.
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img_1381 This is about as exciting as it gets when it comes to hippo viewing.
This is about as exciting as it gets when it comes to hippo viewing.
img_1382 Oh wait! This is even MORE exciting!
Oh wait! This is even MORE exciting!
img_1387 That's a big wall of hippo flesh.
That's a big wall of hippo flesh.
img_1389 A close-up of how their noses help keep them underwater. Hippos are not the most beautiful creatures in the world are they?
A close-up of how their noses help keep them underwater. Hippos are not the most beautiful creatures in the world are they?
img_1396 Here's what the St. Lucia estuary looks like once the sun comes out.
Here's what the St. Lucia estuary looks like once the sun comes out.
img_1400 Yaaaaawwwnnnnn!
Yaaaaawwwnnnnn!
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img_1403 Weaver bird nests in the grass alongside the estuary.
Weaver bird nests in the grass alongside the estuary.
img_1406 And now it's time to hit the beach on the Indian Ocean.
And now it's time to hit the beach on the Indian Ocean.
img_1408 This was definitely a beach for the locals with only a few touristy types, like us for instance, around.
This was definitely a beach for the locals with only a few touristy types, like us for instance, around.
img_1413 Martin scouting out the waves with Zoe and Gavin.
Martin scouting out the waves with Zoe and Gavin.
img_1414 Zoe getting a little taste of the Indian Ocean.
Zoe getting a little taste of the Indian Ocean.
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img_1419 Uhoh Zoe!
Uhoh Zoe!