Guides start out all safaris by asking the clients which animals they are interested in seeing. 'Leopards...lions!', everyone typically shouts in unison.
'Hippos', I cry out when the talk of cats has died down.
One guide, Phillemon, laughed and told me that hippos were the last animal created by God, getting all the leftover parts...'short feet, short tail, big stomach, ugly teeth and wiggling ears'.
Fortunate for me, South Luangwa has the largest population of hippos in the entire world. The cats are pretty cool too....