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Dean de la Rey

Alumni Ranger

Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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Incredible sighting–we’ve never seen hippos doing anything but “lounging” in the water.

Dean, awesome photos! I have never seen a hippo fight!

Senior Digital Ranger

This is a scene within photo footage I would have never expected to see! Yikes! The zoological information as well, about the hippos, is a new learning experience for the day! Something I would have never known about wildlife in the bush. Thank you!

Wow! What an epic encounter to witness, and on land no less. Your photos really tell the story, bloody mouths and all. Your guests must have been speechless….. I know I would be! Thank you for sharing this incredible drive.

Epic, jaw dropping images….no pun intended. I’ve seen male battle during rutting or territory, but none as dangerously ferocious as what you and your guests witnessed! I now have a even greater respect for their power and ability to kill with those jaws and teeth. Very bloody battle and one that everyone was fortunate to see.

Wow, that was an unbelievable sighting! And your photos, Dean, are beyond fabulous! You nailed them! Thanks for sharing this amazing sequence!

Feel sorry for the loser in this battle – had to leave and lick his wounds so to speak. Great pics Dean and a fantastic blow by blow from you. Thanks for sharing this epic battle with us.

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Gruesome in the extreme , but memorable also. You wonder how animals recover from such savagery .

Wow, what an amazing site to witness !!!

It’s like two giant dinosaurs battling it out!!

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