Driving around the neighborhood at Christmastime to see the lights has been a pastime for my family, maybe yours. Now imagine driving through your neighborhood not to see the lights, but the hippos. Yes, I mean one of those 5 feet tall, 8 feet long, 4-ton aquatic critters. They can run faster than they can swim. Consciously or unconsciously, they kill up to 5,000 people a year in South Africa (SA). They are considered the most dangerous animal in SA. It is not recommended to walk your dog at night in St. Lucia. We did just that – drove around the St. Lucia neighborhood in SA looking for hippos. They come out each evening to eat the luscious green grass and fatten up. Often, they can be aggressive because their babies are with them for up to 2 years. This was a small part of our 14-day experience in South Africa, Spring 2022.