We made it to Richards Bay South Africa at about 2AM on a stormy night. We rode the fast current down from Mozambique but turned in too early and hit the countercurrent close to shore and had to fight the wind and current to get to the entrance to the bay. With both engines going, we could barely make 3 knots! It took us hours to cover the last few miles and a lightning storm swirled around to the south and east of us as we made slow progress.
When we contacted Port Control for permission to enter the harbor, we were told that we had to clear the channel within a few minutes as a big ship was coming in. Our fellow American, Sean, in the little yacht was just ahead of us and we relayed the info to him to get clear of the channel. He has no engine and his sail had just ripped an hour earlier in the storm we were watching. He pulled out of the channel and anchored next to us for the night. That's him below the morning after we arrived in South Africa.
A sleepy-eyed hippo front on.
The big groups of hippos are probably laying on their bellies in this shallow water. The babies are in the middle of the group and are protected.