Jessica the Hippo: An unique encounter along side the river…

Jessica the Hippo, the world famous hippo. Jessica ‘lives’ in the river of Hoedspruit – South Africa and has been raised by her owners Tonie and Shirley Joubert if it was there own child. The Joubert family took care of the animal whilst her mother was found exhausted at the border of the Kruger Park. With a background as a ranger Tonie Joubert knew exactly what he needed to do to get Jessica vital again with success. Though Jessica is free wherever she would like to go, again and again she chooses her favorite spot on the sidewalk of the house in Hoedspruit. Jessica sleeps in the house of Tony and Shirly and is approachable for humans. She weighs about 1,2 ton and is without a doubt worlds most famous hippo. In recent years Jessica caught a lot of media attention and performed in more then 90 films and documentaries.

Our children where astonished about the miracle Jessica the Hippo and still talk about it, an absolute recommendation!
Family Romijn,

Meet up with Jessica the Hippo


uring your stay in one of the vacation rentals of Homes of Africa it’s possible to visit Jessica and the owners Toni and Shirley. You have the opportunity to feed and to caress Jessica. An unique experience, a fact that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. An absolute recommendation also because she lives just a ten minutes drive away  from the villas. These activities are an unique experience for adults as well as for your children. When you are stay in one of the rentals of Homes of Africa you will find a route description in the information folder which you will receive after a booking. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any queries contact Pim en Anne. There are very willing for any advise needed to plan your perfect holiday!

Unique accommodations within 10 minutes of Jessica the Hippo