I did not see enough giraffes and hippos. Here are the ones from Kruger because we did see more giraffes and heard more hippos in Botswana and Namibia.
Most giraffes are very curious and want to look at us just as much as we want to look at them.
The giraffes are my favorite animals today.
We stopped at a designated picnic ground for lunch with the caveat that there were potentially dangerous animals in the area. We humans generally make way too much noise for any animal to stick around unless it is a bird or ground squirrel looking for a quick crumb.
I did scan with my binoculars to view anything that might be around. Fortunately, those rock-looking objects on the far right were hippos submerged in the cool water.
Later we caught a full view of a mama hippo and her baby at our Oliphants bungalow overlook. They were definitely too far away for a really good look.
This is still my favorite hippo sighting from our first day.